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originally posted by: Willtell
I’m a firm believer in learning from others. The US should look at other systems and learn from them. Of course we shouldn’t adapt a copy cat syndrome but adapt the best what works to our individual system what I call SocioCapatalism.
In these countries there is universal health insurance, and I doubt the kind of poverty that we find
Of course there are good things and bad things in all systems but it is revealing to know that I
Don’t know of any country in the world who has adapted a conservative economy without
Socialist type programs for the people even though the system is not completely socialist.
Anyway lets stop all the propaganda and rhetoric and star a gaze at the socialists countries in our world.
They seem like places one would want to live in mostly.
Denmark has a wide range of welfare benefits that they offer their citizens. As a result, they also have the highest taxes in the world. Equality is considered the most important value in Denmark. Small businesses thrive, with over 70 percent of companies having 50 employees or less.
Finland has one of the world’s best education systems, with no tuition fees and also giving free meals to their students. The literacy rate in Finland is 100 percent. Finland has one of the highest standards of living in the world. Like Denmark and other European countries, equality is considered one of the most important values in society. Whereas in the Netherlands, government control over the economy remains at a minimum, but a socialist welfare system remains. The lifestyle in the Netherlands is very egalitarian and organized, where even bosses do not discipline or treat their subordinates rudely.
Like the Netherlands, Canada also has mostly a free market economy, but has a very extensive welfare system that includes free health and medical care. Canadians remain more open-minded and liberal than Americans, and Canada is ranked as one of the best top five countries to live in by the United Nations and the Human Development Index (HDI) rankings.
originally posted by: onequestion
a reply to: Metallicus
This is just another case of misunderstanding the current economic paradigm and looking at the discussion through the lens of nationalism and not the lens of humanity.
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
originally posted by: Metallicus
My biggest single problem with Socialism is that it REQUIRES everyone to participate. It also requires a bloated central beauracracy to run. I DO NOT want to participate. I DO NOT support centralized government. Socialism is everything I hate about society and government rolled into one failed philosophy.
Simple solution: move.
As soon as anyone is 18 and considered an "adult" in the USA, they can move. It's a foreign concept to Americans, I realize that -- as most people move HERE, not FROM here.
When people in other countries around the globe don't like the country the find themselves in, guess what they do? The move! They immigrate to another country!
originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: Willtell
We did learn from other systems. Our Constitution is a direct result of the Magna Carta.
None of these socialist countries have a Bill of Rights nor do they have a Constitution.
Honest question, do you want to do away with the Constitution and Bill of Rights? Because I don't see how you can have socialism here in the US and keep those documents.