Corruption

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Former Rep. James Traficant (D-Ohio) notwithstanding, the United States' government is only the world's 87th most corrupt—slightly more honest than Chile's, though not quite as clean as Austria's. Maybe it's because the politicians are scared of us: We're 23rd in murders per capita, sandwiched between Uruguay and Bulgaria. You can map, graph, and rank countries in these and hundreds of other categories, from television ownership rates (we're fourth) to water pollution (30th, between Hungary and Turkey) at nationmaster.com. Just keep repeating to yourself: "Correlation is not causation."