Some rentier states are controlled by oppressive governments who attempt to buy their citizens' loyalty with public benefits.
Some rentier states, though, are controlled by politicians who impose austerity on the populace in order to funnel money to corporations.
Alaska is truly an exceptional place.
|Left to right: Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea,|
Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and Sean Parnell of Alaska