A woman made a derogatory comment about a 10th World Nation (and yes, it put me over the top). So this morning I asked Robert what a 2nd world nation was and consequently looked it up. OUTDATED use of these terms as they may be...here's what I found. Surprised to find out there was a 4th world nation I hadn't heard about.
After World War II the world split into two large geopolitical blocs and spheres of influence with contrary views on government and the politically correct society.
1-the bloc of democratic-industrial countries within the American influence sphere, the 'first world'.
2-the Eastern bloc of the communist-socialist states, the 'second world'.
3-the remaining three-quarters of the world's population, states not aligned with either bloc were regarded ad the 'third world'.
4-the term 'fourth world' coined in the early 1970s by Shuswap Chief George Manuel, refers to widely unknowns nations (cultural entities) of indigenous peoples. "First Nations" living within or across national state boundaries.
First there was the three worlds model
The origin of the terminology is unclearn. In 1952 Alfred Sauvy, a French demographer, wrote an article in the French magaine, L'Observateur which ended by comparing the Third World with the Third Estate: 'ce Tiers Monde ignore', exploite, meprise comme le Tiers Etate" (this ignored third World, exploited, scorned like the Third Estate). Other sources claim that Charles de Gaulle coined the term Third World, maybe de Gaulle only has quoted Sauvy.
What makes a nation third world?
Despite ever-evolving definitions, the concept of the third world serves to identify countires that suffer from high infant mortality, low economic development, high levels of poverty, low utilization of natural resources, and heavy dependence on industrial nations. These are the developoing and technologically less advanced nations of Asia, Africa Oceania, and latin America. They tend to have economies dependent on the developed countries and are generally characterized as poor with unstable governments and have hig rates of population growth, illiteracy and disease. A key factor is the lack of a middle class--with impoverished millions in a vast lower economic class and a very small elite upper class controlling the country's wealth and resources. Most third world nations also have a very large foreign debt.
THAT BEING SAID, THIS IS ME SPEAKING, I LOOK AT THE BELOVED USA AND REALIZE WHERE WE ARE HEADED.