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    Default Is the Dominican Republic a Third World Country?

    I often see references to the DR being a Third World country. Without using academic or statistical citations what do you think? I think 2nd world would be more appropriate.

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    You know officially Third world country is an obsolete term: developed and developing is preferred instead.
    The DR is considered a developing country (there are various degrees also there) and I see it.

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    1. Power fluctuations and unplanned outages, even in the Capital (sometimes, especially in the Capital)

    2. Tap water is not potable

    3. Official corruption is widely practiced and accepted at every level

    4. Economically heavily dependent upon foreign aid, loans and remittances.

    3rd World

    Places like Brazil which still have massive poverty, unemployment and disparity of wealth but offset those shortcomings with (7.5% in 2010) better than average GDP growth and huge infrastructure improvements would be a better example of 2nd (transitioning from developing to developed) World.

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    Any country that is unable to provide its citizens with 24 hour electricity is third world. IMHO>

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    Quote Originally Posted by SantiagueroRD View Post
    I often see references to the DR being a Third World country. Without using academic or statistical citations what do you think? I think 2nd world would be more appropriate.
    "Second World" meant the former Communist bloc so would not be appropriate. That's how the expression originated in the Cold War days. All developed and (more or less) democratic countries were First World. Any country not First World or Communist was "Third World" so obviously that catch-all group included some countries twenty times richer and more developed than others (Argentina v Ha´ti, for example).

    If you want to simply rank countries into strata, then "Fourth World" might be about right for the DR, or am I being too generous?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoomzx11 View Post
    Any country that is unable to provide its citizens with 24 hour electricity is third world. IMHO>
    They can, but folks don't want to pay for it.

    Big difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobraboy View Post
    They can, but folks don't want to pay for it.

    Big difference.
    No difference. It's their refusal to pay that contributes to their status as a perpetually-developing nation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InsanelyOne View Post
    No difference. It's their refusal to pay that contributes to their status as a perpetually-developing nation.
    It has nothing to do with capability.

    It's a social issue as much as anything else. It's not an economic issue, and "Third World" is a eco/political metric.

    But opinions vary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoomzx11 View Post
    Any country that is unable to provide its citizens with 24 hour electricity is third world. IMHO>
    Some areas do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobraboy View Post
    They can, but folks don't want to pay for it.

    Big difference.
    This is a huge point. It illuminates the effect of the mindset of any nation's citizens on the overall productivity and development of that nation. Just to use the US as an example, before every surge in national productivity and transition (agrarian to manufacturing to scientific and technical development) there was some national crisis (usually a major war or economic upheaval) which required national unity and individual sacrifice. The individual dedication to the public good is what separates the countries which progress and prosper regardless of the obstacles before them (great depression, dust bowl or other natural disasters, wars, etc.).

    As the collective spirit wanes, so does the national fortune.

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