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Western countries are by and large the most civilised, comfortable and desirable places to live in the history of mankind.

If, in a version the “veil of ignorance” thought experiment, you could choose any time or place to live, not knowing your race, abilities, talents or gender, you’d be mad not to choose to be born into a modern western country, probably one in the European Union.

Jaa 1aIf you think otherwise, you probably haven’t been paying much attention to how life is lived in much of the world.

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