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After continueing to argue with people on this forum about what the west is and isnt I started to ask around. |
To my surprise most people I considered to be part of the West actually do believe they are part of the western world, confirming my beliefs.
What makes the west?
A European link in history, most of the West is either in Europe, was colonized or occupied by another Western power.
A free market economic model.
A transparent press.
Some form of self determination, it need not be full democracy, but it cant be a military board calling the shots.
I asked my friends in South America; Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, and Columbia all consider themselves to be part of the West.
South Africans believe they are part of the west. Whites, Blacks, and Coloreds all agree they are in the Western world.
Australians and New Zealanders believe they are in the Western world, despite their rather south eastern location. Perhaps what we have suspected for years is true, Aussie eduction is not up to snuff.
I don't have too many friends from that area but I would be interested to know at what point eastern Europe become the west. Obviously east Germany is now Germany and in the Western World. The Polish I have met consider it to be in the West. I am not all that sure the further east you go. But many of those nations now have everything I outlined above to be part of the west.
Is Israel part of the west?
Note the map attached has the West in Blue and that TIwan is blue while the rest of China is red. Despite possibly being one country the Island and the Mainland have two different Economies, Governments, and Presses. I wouldn't really include them either way as the colorization from the dutch was so long ago. Hong Kong and Macau are also on their in a different color despite definitely being the same country. Best I could do with the maps I could find. So Ignore that part of the map.