After Somalia’s brutal government collapsed in 1991, its citizens experienced gains in 14 of 18 common development indicators. For two of the remaining eighteen, welfare remained virtually unchanged. On the graph above, higher isn’t always better. For example, “infants with low birth weight” declined significantly after government collapse–but that’s a good thing for human well-being.
These are just simple statements or facts. For example, the U.S. Post Office has recorded billion dollar losses annually for years.