15 Reasons Why Your Country is POOR

you are watching the sunday motivational video 15 reasons why your country is poor welcome to a Lux calm the place where future billionaires come to get inspired hallo a lack sirs and welcome back to this week’s special take on why your country is falling behind so many others we’re fascinated by how many economies are evolving and what hand geopolitics plays in the full scheme of things so we started asking ourselves why are some countries poor and why do they fail to catch up to the rest of the world while researching for this video one thing is clear every country in the world is growing some faster than others this is important to keep in mind because compared to 50 years ago even the poorest of the poor have seen some massive improvements but they are still somewhat behind what’s considered traditional Western countries we began breaking everything down to identify 15 differentiating factors that are slowing these countries down in their race to escape poverty at the end we realized how all of these are intertwined with one another and how people are self sabotaging their long term growth for personal and temporary gain here are 15 reasons why your country is poor number one a lack of transportation infrastructure roads bridges highways tunnels railways airports sea terminals and more these are the foundation on which trade is built and trade is the main driving force behind economic growth you bring products into the country and you export your own transportation is vital to the long-term financial success of any country and this isn’t a secret these allow people to transport goods throughout the country to exchange products and increases the overall ability of everyone to add value now you can take your bike scooter or car and travel to a nearby city for work that pays better or sell your products in the market for a bigger profit you can take your children to school if the situation arises you can reach the hospital in time the impact the lack of transportation infrastructure has throughout the economy ripples into almost every aspect of life almost every politician in these poor countries always promise better infrastructure but always fail to deliver it because there’s a lot of money to be made here they offer these high-value contracts to companies that they benefit from robbing the population twice once because the constituents money end up in the pockets of a few and then twice because of the potential earnings that a successful program would have generated for the community if this is the case in your country as well please like the video it tells us that we’re on point with our research number two located in the tropical region here’s the thing for a very long period of time the main economic driver of a country was agriculture because of their geographic region some countries have to deal with a more potent Sun rendering their soil less fertile leading to fewer carbohydrate heavy crops thus low economic growth the rise of livestock is directly impacted by this with good agriculture humans have been able to use livestock to work the fields and breed more of it for protein and trade hot climates are a breeding ground for insects like mosquitoes and the famous tsetse fly which by itself has been one of the biggest drawbacks and raising productive livestock these bite both animals and humans making them sleepy and feeling ill it doesn’t help that a majority of these countries are landlocked because of the heat there are no lakes or rivers which traditionally aid with naval transport of goods as well as providing natural hydration landlocked nations need an incredibly effective government to counterbalance this natural disadvantage with infrastructure projects a good example is Switzerland which is currently the richest landlocked country not only these tropical countries have had it hard so far but with the rise in temperature and climate change things are about to get a lot worse for them the economic gap between the richest and poorest nations in terms of perc but income is now about 25% larger than it would have been without human-caused climate change according to a new study from Stanford University climate change is helping to make rich countries richer and poor countries poorer number three corrupt government here we are about to go into what we presume is everyone’s favorite topic corruption or why countries never move ahead at the same pace as everyone else statistically speaking the top 20 poorest countries in the world are also

the most corrupt on the flip side the richest countries in the world are the least corrupt why does this make such a big difference it’s because when corruption doesn’t exist the institutions that make up the state run effectively people end up in positions of power based on merit resources are not wasted and the population trusts the government to make their lives easier and safer in poor countries corruption is widespread it begins in schools where teachers require small gifts to pump up grades you can get away with a speeding ticket if you’re offering a bride to the police officer and even land a high-paying job in government if you pay off the right people corruption keeps criminals out of jail and allows them to keep sucking off government funds at the expense of its citizens your political leaders are probably living in wealth but unable to justify how they built it they use their political influence to protect themselves and because the judicial system is also corrupt they get away with it the population is supposed to be the gatekeeper of corruption to vote the corrupt out but in the majority of cases the population is corrupt itself and doesn’t realize that they are trading their future for pennies on the dollar many people keep voting in corrupt politicians because of small gestures of bribery or entertainment who are actually paid for by uneducated populations a common train of thought in these countries is as follows we know they’re stealing but at least they’re giving something back as long as the population allows this to happen the country is stuck on a hamster wheel where the population is in what’s called the Red Queen’s race they to run fast just to stay in place number four low quality of education not only is the education system corrupt but it’s also incredibly outdated or in some places non-existent teachers are poorly paid unprepared have more kids in their classroom than they can handle and lack the proper teaching tools to do their jobs effectively all of this leaves the population in a dangerous situation where the blind end up leading the blind the effects of this strategic deficit are massive poorly trained teachers develop narrow-minded populations what they are taught has no real value in the marketplace rendering the entire process useless an uneducated population doesn’t stand up for what is right it’s more easily manipulated and allows for corruption to blossom while the population isn’t properly trained that cannot be effective in the market thus producing less value over time this is why other countries develop less quickly than others intellectual capital is the key to escaping poverty at a national level in order to increase their shot at a normal life those who seek education and are actually in a position to improve the country’s conditions are forced to leave it in a paradox that’s draining the motherland of the very few people who could have provided the change needed even if external aid comes in to help with education we’ve seen numerous cases where computers were donated and ended up in areas where there was no electricity when the government fails there’s very little help others can provide and it all starts with how educated the population is number 5 a lack of privacy and free speech free thought the exchange of critical ideas in public forums the possibility of exposing wrongdoing and the need for transparency are what keeps a country self-regulating and efficient in the majority of poor countries the media is a tool owned by the corrupt government instead of being used to keep the ruling class in check it’s used as a political weapon to discredit dissing form and can trol the populations perception of reality poor countries have total control over what information the population gets this type of censorship breeds a feeling of insecurity and fear in the population the poorer the people the stronger the control the government exercises over them this is done through surveillance and through local representatives who get specific benefits if they side with the sensor privacy is almost non-existent and people just don’t trust one another many people are afraid their neighbors could be informants of the security forces so nobody is taking any chances to speak out against the ruling class this is why the Internet has been such a revolutionary force in the history of mankind it allowed us to communicate on a global scale and report to the world what’s happening we are always concerned when we see countries trying to limit in any way shape or form the populations access to the free and open Internet there are many governments around the world who dislike the idea that people have the option to speak freely so there are active efforts to cut ties with the

global Internet and develop their own closed version closely monitored we’ve experienced these limitations firsthand while traveling and ever since we’ve constantly used a piece of software to make sure we are both protected from prying eyes as well as maintain the ability to access the full Internet this type of software is called a VPN super easy to use and when activated it hides your online profile by both encrypting your information and making it seem like you’re somewhere else in the world these have become a necessity to anyone who wants to have an unfiltered version of what’s actually happening as well as stay safe you can go to a locks com / a VPN and get a 3-year plan at a massive seventy percent off from Nord VPN the company we’ve been personally using for years now and they’ve been so kind to support our community and sponsor this segment even better because you’re an a Luxor you’re getting four extra months for free it’s one of those things you buy now and are good for the future number six lack of information and telecommunication infrastructure there are mainly two brackets that dramatically accelerate the development of a country how much quality information is available and how cheaply the population can access it luckily for everyone we’re living in the golden age of information there was never a better time for self education and the fact you’re consuming this piece of content right now stands as proof of that as humans we have an underlying desire to better ourselves because it improves our lives and the lives of those around us in order for the desire to be fulfilled there needs to be an affordable way to access it prices in Telecom have dropped significantly in the past decade five billion people own a mobile phone and over half of these are smart phones capable of a connection to the Internet the race between telecom companies has become one of who can penetrate the virgin markets poor choice of words we know but we wanted to slip this in billionaires are pouring money into figuring out how to get as many people online as possible on top of already existing companies you have people like Elon Musk with StarLink a constellation of satellites to provide cheap internet for everyone Marcus Zuckerberg internet beaming electric drone planes and the already successful implemented geo in India thanks to Mukesh Ambani although poor countries might not be able to afford the latest iPhone the drop in smartphone prices has significantly aided progress we’ve seen this on youtube with the astronomic rise of t-series sooner or later companies will realize that there are untapped markets waiting for them and once they hit a ceiling in their main demographics they’ll begin building outside of traditional developed countries number seven weak democracy first of all democracy is required to make the cut for this if your country is ruled by a tyrant your life by default is less than favorable now here’s the difference between strong and weak democracies and you can test it for yourself and your own country in a strong democracy people feel strong and in control of their politicians in a weak democracy the people feel disconnected from politics and believe they can’t change anything if everything we’ve touched upon until this point is applied the population will regulate government they will protest vote out ineffective politicians and support ideas that matter to them however if your democracy is weak people don’t go out to vote because they believe their voice doesn’t matter they don’t care about local or national policies to put it simply they just go with the flow this allows for abuse and keeps power in the hands of very few in a strong democracy the population is constantly consulted by the government because these people are selected to protect the interest of the majority a great example is Switzerland where the population gets to vote on over 30 referendums per year from budget changes to agriculture to development projects the population has a semi-direct say in what gets done if they don’t like a decision the government has made on their behalf they quickly gather at least 50,000 signatures submit the request and if found valid the country gets to alter the future it’s worked incredibly well because people actually care about their democracy for each of these referendums well over 50% of registered voters turned out every week when general elections were held in Denmark On June 5th 2000 nineteen eighty four percent of the population came out to cast their vote the government is an incredible force but the population is what ends up making a country rich or poor because the population elects the government

number eight super religious statistically speaking the more religious a country is the poorer the population the only valid example is the United States but even there we can make a case for what counts as religious so why does this happen most religions claim to already possess the truth thus taking a stance on new developments effectively taking the country out of the technological race secondly most religions look down on financial success as an individual but at the same time promise unlimited wealth to those who choose to live a humble life when you combine these two it’s easy to see how a country traps itself in a belief loop that’s meant to keep them away from riches in many of these countries having a comfortable life is almost seen as a sin and those who go through hardships are believed to be earning of respect if your country has more churches than schools your country is probably poor if there are fewer medical centers than places of worship your country has a belief problem if religious leaders in your country have a direct se or influenced toward politics your country is being held back number 9 the country was under occupation for extended periods of time a big reason why some countries are currently poor is straight up because they were under occupancy and the riches were used to serve the Empire it’s easy to look at developing countries like India and wonder why it’s taken them so long to catch up and we urge you to take a moment and look at the numbers drawing on nearly two centuries of detailed data on tax and trade it’s been calculated that Britain drained a total of nearly 45 trillion US dollars from India during the period of 1765 to 1938 this is the type of budget that could have been used to deliver value and infrastructure to the population earlier on the same thing happened in the Balkans with the former communist countries the government sacrificed the population in order to begin complex national projects the regime eventually fell projects were never finished ending up privatized and sold off as scrap metal number 10 paradoxically the country is a resource rich there’s this thing called the resource curse it’s why some of the richest countries in the world from a natural resource perspective end up being so poor great examples are seen in Venezuela Guatemala and all across Africa countries who are mineral rich end up devalued in chaos and more corrupt but how can this be it has to do with the force of technological process if you don’t have natural wealth you need to invest a lot in research and development to create new technologies in order to generate value in the case of naturally rich countries there is little to no effort involved usually the government will happily trade raw but valuable materials in a direct exchange for cash then other companies or countries are doing all the work and making most of the real profits because the nature of the transaction is so simple it allows for governments to be unsophisticated which in turn brings out corruption it’s in very few cases where leaders actually understand the real value of their resources and that it’s worth to invest in exploiting it themselves Canada and Saudi Arabia are both great examples although different in long term strategy number 11 money is leaving the country building on the previous point if you think of a country like a business if you want a country to be rich you need more money coming in than what’s going out either through export of goods or intellectual capital a country needs to figure out how to create more value than it costs to run the excess capital will be used to make everyone’s lives better as a result of the good management of the GDP in the case of poor countries they don’t generate value their consumer focused and most of that consumerism turns profits for multinational companies take a moment to look at your national economy as a whole remove the large portion of the population that’s in one form or another working for the government then remove those who work directly or indirectly for a company that was not established in your country what you’ll see here is you’re left with a very small population even agriculture these days isn’t done by locals from a development perspective most developed countries have shifted from a production focused economy to a technology driven service one a big exception being China who’s basically become the factory of the world followed closely by India in order for a country to become richer it needs to create value internally or

get value from other countries to deploy it effectively in their local economy number 12 nepotism let’s imagine you’re in charge of running a very important project you’ve got a list of candidates to choose from instead of hiring the most qualified individual you give the job to your nephew who’s never worked a day in his life not only does dear ol nephew blow the entire thing wasting valuable resources but you’re also losing the potential growth a successful project would have generated nepotism is a deadly disease for fragile countries it doesn’t mean only hiring blood relatives but also people who are from the same team as you are either politically religiously racially and so on you’re probably well aware of families who have amassed big fortunes from either working for or with the state in projects that were poorly executed if executed at all there’s a great quote from Daniel alarcón that goes like this nepotism is the lower and least creative form of corruption people feel entitled to success and a great lifestyle without balancing it with other value nepotism is basically theft number 13 low social participation what is a country if not the sum of all the people their behaviors their memories and beliefs all wrapped up in a beautiful burrito with a flag you know the saying be the change you want to see in the world yeah you’ve seen your auntie Cheryl on Facebook because it’s the truth if you don’t have running water your country is poor if you have to burn the trash your country is poor if you throw the trash on the street your country is poor if the park in your local community is ruined it’s because you’re not taking 30 minutes out of your day to fix it in poor countries the population feels entitled they’re arrogant in their misery everybody wishes that things could be better but nobody is willing to pick up after themselves in rich countries not does the government run effectively but the social class is making an effort to improve their own communities people are organizing themselves in marches they rise up for causes they believe in and take responsibility for themselves and for their neighbors there is a super interesting phenomenon called a tipping point which shows how small acts can take a shape of their own and ruin a community small things like not fixing a broken window or covering up graffiti shout out into the world that small crimes are acceptable these lead to bigger and bigger crimes until you finally hit a tipping point we learned about this tipping point from Malcolm Gladwell’s book with the same title it’s a short and great read or listen and we strongly encourage you to pick it up if you go to a locks calm slash free book and sign up you can download the audiobook version for free courtesy of our friends at audible who are so kind to support our community number fourteen poor medical infrastructure here’s the deal access to proper medicine is a must while trying to research this point we focused on Africa approximately 1.6 million Africans died of malaria tuberculosis and HIV related illnesses in 2015 these diseases can be prevented or treated with timely access to appropriate and affordable medicines vaccines and other health services but less than 2% of drugs consumed in Africa are produced on the continent over 80% of the African population relies exclusively on public health facilities which are almost non-existent outside of major cities a great indicator for this is called hospital beds per 1000 people the minimum index where a society is protecting its population is one bed for every 1,000 people high-income countries are averaging a little over 4 Germany has 8.3 Belgium 6.2 China 4.2 and Brazil 2.2 just to name a few looking at the other side of the coin Sudan has 0.8 Uganda 0.5 Venezuela 0.8 if people died from diseases they don’t generate economic value they cannot fulfill their dreams and their journey toward leaving behind a better world than they inherited is cut short for a country to be rich it’s required that treatment for all diseases be both accessible and affordable god forbid you break a leg in the US or discover any type of disease without being insured countries where health care is both effective and accessible are growing richer in the long term number 15 war and civil disputes we couldn’t reach the end of this piece

without talking about war and the impact it’s having rich countries haven’t had to worry about war for over half a century now meanwhile there are entire countries torn to shreds where the population is suffering wars are a major cause of poverty on development and ill health in poor countries they often have cultural dimensions related to ethnicity or religion but there are invariably underlying economic causes as well major root causes include political economic and social inequalities extreme poverty economic stagnation for government services high unemployment and environmental degradation we left war as the last item on this list intentionally because countries performing well have no incentive to go to war they find themselves in a gridlock zone of economic development where everyone around them is doing great and growing it’s both the government’s and the community’s job to promote inclusivity to reduce inequality between groups to make sure there’s a workplace available for everyone and stop corruption and illicit trade because at the end of the day we all want to live better we want our children to grow in a world where there’s plenty of opportunity and resources where they are treated fairly and can live with dignity knowing we’ve been a valuable member of society with all this said we’re super curious to know where your country is falling short we have such a wide range of members in our community and we’d love to learn from you what signs and reasons you see for your country three underperforming and of course as a thank you for sticking with us until the end you know you’re getting a reward here it is number 16 hatred for the wealthy and poor mindset in some parts of the world there are misconceptions about the wealthy it’s either a cultural religious or circumstantial perspective we all grow up with desires before the people we trust the most tell us they can’t be done this limiting belief is instilled in some people early on and repeat it to them throughout their lives tell a child enough times they’ll never amount to anything in life and eventually they’ll start to believe it some might think that in this way they’re protecting them from the risks and public ridicule associated with failure but you see they themselves don’t speak from personal experience they were told the same story when they were growing up anybody who’s actually tried will tell you it’s an incredibly rewarding experience maybe in your community only the thieves have money maybe your church is telling you to give your possessions away most likely to the church maybe nobody in your family ever tried being more there was never a time when people had access to this kind of information readily available to them you consuming this piece of content is a testament to that it all starts with a different mindset with you taking control of your education and your action your predecessors didn’t have resources like a Lux in their corner showing them how to do it and that is why this generation is different no matter where you live in the world in this moment right now you have at your fingertips the technology to craft a different future for yourself and for your country than the one everyone else has already accepted we want to leave you with this being broke is a temporary economic situation being poor is a state of mind and you a lack sirs are nowhere near being poor if you relate to this please write not pour in the comment section that way we can make sure our final point got across to all the right people thank you for spending some time with us a lack sirs make sure to subscribe so you never miss another video we also hand-picked these videos for you to watch next as always the conversation continues on social media thanks again and we can’t wait to have you back tomorrow