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The most survivable society: Central Africa

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in response to reader comment: Liberal democracy leads to inefficient governance. Societies with inefficient governance do not survive.

Submitted by Michael S (United States), Aug 11, 2018 at 08:25

Phil, I looked up "society"; and I must disagree with you:

so·ci·e·ty
səˈsīədē/
noun
noun: society

1.
the aggregate of people living together in a more or less ordered community.
"drugs, crime, and other dangers to society"
synonyms: the community, the (general) public, the people, the population; civilization, humankind, mankind, humanity
"a danger to society"

"Society" has many definitions, including "all of humanity". Does humanity have an efficient governance? Yes -- it has dabbled in many systems, and has yet to settle upon one in which it is satisfied. The same could be said of any subset of humanity -- Communist China, for example, or Russia.

What IS essential for a society's survival, is having and raising children. I dare say, the society that does that most efficiently is most likely to survive. No children surviving to childbearing age = no survival.

In this respect, the most likely survivors are:

Niger, Mali, Chad
Angola, Uganda, Burundi, DR Congo
Somalia
Nigeria
Burkina Faso
Mozambique
Gambia
Zambia, Tanzania
Equatorial Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Malawi
Ivory Coast
Benin
Senegal
Central African Republic
Guinea
South Sudan
Cameroon, Congo
Sierra Leone

Altogether, these countries form a contiguous area, from Mali to Mozambique, plus one outlier (Somalia). Most of these are called "fragile states"; and indeed, the GOVERNMENTS of these countries are all shaky; but their SOCIETIES, in particular, their PEOPLE, are aggressively expanding.

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