The Global Economy in One Neat Chart

From The Economist, an interesting snapshot of the global economy. The globe’s two largest employers are military operations; the next two are, respectively, a “hypermarket” (supermarket plus department store) and an eatery chain, both renowned for their ability to profitably sell cheap food, in part by low-balling their vast, un-unionized workforces and squeezing their suppliers. Big guns and cheap eats: they make the world hum.

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