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Just take a look at the list of the happiest, most prosperous countries on Earth and then look at what they all have in common.
Originally posted by muse7
Now throw in tighter gun control to all of that and the crime rate would go down significantly.
Call me a radical progressive/liberal or communist but the facts speak for themselves.
They are all borderline socialist states, with generous welfare benefits and lots of redistribution of wealth. Yet they don't let that socialism cross the line into autocracy. Civil liberties are abundant (consider decriminalized drugs and prostitution in the Netherlands).
In Nepal, for example, inflation is 11%, unemployment 46%. Yet a surprisingly high 50% of the people say they are satisfied with their standard of living and 81% have confidence in their banks. Could be they're scared of voicing their true opinion in a shaky democracy, or maybe the Nepalese are just endemically happier people.
Just like you and the right, always seem to make the word "Socialist" synonymous with "evil"
The unemployment percentages would have to do with other policies all together. With the right mix of business friendly policies/ good social safety nets this country would be back at the top.
I'd say it's people like you and the right who rely on nothing but fear mongering and always demonizing socialist policies that are holding this country back.