When covid restrictions were at their tightest, many people died alone in ICUs, as friends and family were kept away in the name of "public health." A more accurate assessment of the policy is to call it barbaric.
Compared to how most other people in the world live, Americans have a high standard of living. And despite the talk about inequality, there is more economic and social mobility here than anyplace else.
But what are we to make of the legacy of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, and the Russian Empire in general? Certainly, we should not take our cues from the likes of either Volodymyr Zelensky or Vladimir Putin.