Politicians from both left and right of the political spectrum often call the United States the best country in the world. And its citizens tend to agree. In a YouGov poll of more than 11,000 US adults, Americans tended to support the notion by 50% to 31%.

But one New Zealander living in the UK thinks the opposite. And he has made it his mission to argue the point. The man even has a TikTok account called 'America Is The Bad Place.' There, he posts videos addressing mostly social problems within the US, like the cost of healthcare and the quality of higher education, but also challenges American pride and the international image of the nation.

Continue scrolling to check out some of the points he's made and upvote the ones you agree with. Of course, feel free to share your thoughts on these difficult multi-layered issues in the comments—even if you think this guy is wrong.

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Letting people die of a treatable illness because they don't have enough insurance. A country's first job is to protect its citizens, not to act like a fireman who just continues watering his grass while watching the neighbor's house burn down.

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Vicky Zar
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2 months ago

Interesting comparison

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre A country still arguing about whether women should have bodily autonomy.

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Susie Elle
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2 months ago

The US is not unique in this, sadly

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Your Senate filibuster bill. The fact that 41% of senators are representing only 27% of the American people can block bills supported by 70% of the American people is about as democratic as just letting Ken Bone be king.

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Random Anon
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2 months ago

And yet your leaders speak of democracy internationally like the crusaders in the Holy Crusade.

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Measuring your police training in weeks. Two to four years is the norm elsewhere.

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Hannah Edwards
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2 months ago

Well you get out what you put in.

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Gerrymandering. Democracy should have their voters choosing their representatives, not their representatives choosing their voters.

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker said in an interview for the New York Times on october 2018 that the US is not a democracy anymore but a ploutocracy ...

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Sending 18-year-olds to war. When your country doesn't believe they're mature enough to buy beer.

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Vasana Phong
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2 months ago

My brother got sent straight overseas when operation desert shield/ storm started, straight out of boot camp at 19

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Every minute an American is forced into medical bankruptcy. The only surprise cost in other developed countries is that some hospitals charge visitors for parking.

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

About a fifth of U.S. adults have medical debt in collections, according to a recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Every year 530,000 American families file for bankruptcy due to medical bills. US medical bills and indebtedness are responsible for 66.5% of all American personal insolvencies, making it the leading cause of bankruptcy in America, according to the National Consumer Law Center. 58 Million American Adults Can’t Afford Prescription Drugs. 34 Million American adults know someone who died because they couldn’t afford treatment ... the American system is the most expensive but ranks last among OECD countries. Make it make sense !!

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Having military recruiters in school. It's especially with the biggest incentives to join the military are healthcare and affordable education, which are just considered human rights in normal countries.

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Fat Harry's Ghost
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2 months ago

I'm pretty sure our (UK) forces do send representatives to school/college careers fairs too. Of course they don't have to point out healthcare and education as benefits...

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Forcing you to use vacation days when you're ill. Some countries make employers change paid vacation days to paid sick days when you're ill on vacation.

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LAWLAWLAW
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2 months ago

I actually worked for a place in the UK where I was ill on my holiday so they GAVE ME MY HOLIDAY DAYS BACK, the USA is messed up

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Charging parents for their baby's delivery. Other countries consider it an investment in the future tax payers.

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Abhinc
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2 months ago (edited)

The average cost of a birth is in the US is around $10,800 ... only $3,195 in Canada / $2,237 in Argentina / $3,589 in Chile / $2,500 in the UK, France or Germany ... Every year about 700 women and almost 21,000 infants die in the United States as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications. once again the US ranks worst among developped countries on pregnancy related deaths and infant mortality ...

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Having TV ads for prescription medicine.

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Vasana Phong
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2 months ago

All the side effects mentioned takes up 80% of time, you know diarrhea, suicidal thoughts, death ect..

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Minimum wage not rising with inflation every year.

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Abhinc
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2 months ago (edited)

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 is worth $2 less today than it was in 1968 when adjusted for inflation !! and it's not been increased since 2009 ... and it went from $6.55 to $7.25 only ! the very first minimum wage from 1938 was $0.25, around $5 in today's money. almost a century later it's only $2.25 more !

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Not having paid maternity leave. 14 to 68 paid weeks off is the investment that the 15 countries above the US on The Human Freedom Index make in their future taxpayers.

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

In the United States, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a law that requires covered employers to provide at least 12 weeks of unpaid family leave time after the birth of a child or after the adoption of a child. Who could afford that ?? Some countries offer mothers their full-rate salary for the weeks that they take maternity leave. These countries are: Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Israel, Autria, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, and Spain. In addition to offering 100% of the mother’s salary, the required weeks of maternity leave in these countries range from six weeks in Portugal to 30 weeks in Croatia. Other countries require very high percentages of full salaries during maternity leave, including Norway at 94%, France at 90%, and Bulgaria at 90%. But the richest country on earth couldn't afford that ?

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Needing to worry about the cost of an ambulance.

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RaroaRaroa
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2 months ago

New Zealand is a bit strange on this. We charge for ambulance rides, apparently, but in Wellington where I live we have Wellington Free Ambulance and you don't pay. The rest of the country has St John Ambulance and they do.

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Needing to do taxes if you're an employee. Your politicians are bribed by the accounting industry to make your taxes difficult.

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Jyri Hakola
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2 months ago

It's quite tragicomical thing that a country that have de facto invented computers, microchips, internet and so much more can be in some areas an actuallu a late stone-age 3rd world country. Here I just received my 2021 summary of taxes, logged online, corrected few reductions and submitted the form and all that took abut 10 minutes of time.

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre People getting married for the purpose of qualifying for health care through marriage is weird. So is people needing to divorce a dying loved one to avoid being responsible for their medical debt and all that for the low, low price of 53% more per person than any other country on Earth.

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Vicky Zar
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2 months ago

The first one is not that bad or strange. In Germany you get benefits if you are married too.

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Having healthcare through an employer. So are doctors needing to argue with companies for you to get what you're prescribed.

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Jiska Veldhuizen
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2 months ago

Yes that is one thing that makes the least sense to me. What if you get sick and lose your job? You''ll be without a health insurance then just when you would need it the most!

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Doing drills at school for something other than fires and earthquakes. Forcing kids to go through the trauma of lockdown drills. The fact that they're necessary is horrific.

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
2 months ago

They have lockdown drills in New Zealand too. Have been used to some degree, just when there's a threat in the neighbourhood - never for something in the actual school - so more just staying inside rather than barricading doors and hiding. Touch wood.

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Some of you think that voting should be made harder than buying a gun. Most prisoners in most developed countries can still vote. In some US states, an ex-felon will be blocked from voting, yet his neighbor on the terrorist watchlist will still be allowed to buy weapons.

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Andy Acceber
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2 months ago

We also have a disproportionately enormous prison population. Though prisoners still pay taxes, in 48 states, people can't vote from prison. Knowing this fact could certainly incentivize people with power to create laws that target and lock up people who disagree with them.

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Playing your national anthem before a sporting event that doesn't involve your country playing another country, especially when it involves kids at school.

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Andy Acceber
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2 months ago

It's so weird. The audience often gets really into it too. Y'all, standing for 90 seconds with your hat over your heart doesn't actually support the troops, build community, strengthen our country, or whatever else you think you're doing. Instead, how about funding the VA? Volunteering for nonprofits? Getting involved in local government? 90 seconds of pseudo-patriotism doesn't cut it, y'all.

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#21

The US government banning itself from negotiating prices with pharmaceutical companies.

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Perniculous
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2 months ago

Nothing to see here. (Corrupt politician stuffs cash in pocket).

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Needing to post bail if you're not a threat to the public. It shouldn't be a crime to be poor.

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Andy Acceber
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2 months ago

If payment equals freedom, crime is only crime if you're poor. The rich can pay their way to freedom. That's not justice.

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Not getting guaranteed vacation days. 20 to 40 days a year is the norm.

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Abhinc
Community Member
2 months ago

On average Americans receive 15 paid vacation days from employers annually but only 12 days are taken. Meanwhile France Spain Italy and Finland provide 30 days, 25 in Switzerland the Netherlands Sweden or Norway ... European socialist hell ?? no not only. Even Japan offers 20 days, Brazil 30, India 21, UAE 30 ... but once again the richest country on earth can't afford what most developed countries figured out decades ago i guess

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Educational scholarships being a big deal. Education is normally free or heavily subsidized in the developed world.

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

Once again ... In 2014, the US spent an average of $16,268 a year to educate a pupil from primary through tertiary education, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) annual report of education indicators, well above the global average of $10,759. BUT The average US student is almost a year behind the average OECD student in maths education for example and the average student in Singapore is 3.5 years ahead of their US counterpart ... The US ranks 30th worldwide in math / 21st in science and 17th in reading !!

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre The amount of people you lock up. 116 countries have an incarceration rate per million at under a quarter of the US.

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Naesil
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2 months ago

When you make prison as your business then locking as much people up as possible is good for business.

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Liking guns. They never come up in conversations and it's rare to even see police with them.

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Eric Law
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2 months ago

Here in the USA, people need guns to protect themselves... from other people with guns.

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Funding your schools through local property taxes. But it does go some way to explain how the US has dropped to 27th on The Global Social Mobility Index.

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Wilf
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2 months ago

Didn't know that. So the poorest areas get the least education funding? America really is some f/8cked up third-world sh)thole, isn't it.

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Making unlimited political donations legal, when you've created a fight to the moral bottom, where your elected officials live in constant fear that if they don't accept big money bribes, their political opponents will.

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Peter H
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2 months ago

In other countries that’s called “corruption,” but here in the U.S. it’s “campaign finance,” which is enshrined as “free speech.”

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre The amount your elections cost. Your five most expensive house of representative seats cost more than any election for any country in Europe.

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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
2 months ago

In UK there is a spending limit per candidate, it’s small compared to US standards.Less than £9000 per candidate, then 6p per registered elector. Spending and donations have to be logged. It doesn’t stop shenanigans though

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You've reinvented the slave trade with your prison system - that's weird. So are your coercive plea bargains, allowing companies that profit off this exploitation to invest unlimited money in the politicians that agree to do their bidding.

The strangest thing is that it doesn't even cost much money to bribe a US politician, because if you have enough money to finance their entire next political reelection campaign, then all you have to do is threaten to spend that money on their next primary opponent instead.

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User# 6
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2 months ago

Andy Hamilton (British comedy writer) once uttered the brilliant idea that politicians, like footballers, should wear shirts with their sponsers on them.

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30 Things About The USA That Other Countries Find Really Bizarre Hearing fireworks and thinking they could be something other than fireworks. Children should be running to the windows to look not questioning their safety.

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Richard Knox
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2 months ago (edited)

Only if you live in a city that banned fireworks and that you've never heard a gun would you mistake the two, MAYBE. I was straight up told by this little punk my neice just broke up with "I've got a gun don't make me use it". He left and then there was a little pop outside, he then called my neice and said "you heard that, that's my gun, you don't leave me if I say you can't". I took her phone and told him I've heard guns and fireworks before, he just set off a little blackcat popper and if he wanted to hear what a real gun sounds like he'll keep messing with my neice. With how big the US population is, there's too many dumb people.

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