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On the World Bank list, the United States came fourth behind Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand. In the Bertelsmann study the United States ranked a dismal 27th. It shows the United States as the country with the biggest rich-poor gap of those examined, except for Mexico and Chile. On providing health care, it ranks 23rd; on access to education 20th. Five Scandinavian countries – Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland – topped the list, prompting the conclusion that social justice and economic performance are not mutually exclusive.
The United States spends almost as much on military power than the rest of the world combined and even if that expenditure were cut in half, it would still be more than its current and potential adversaries. The current defense budget is higher than at any time since World War II and could be cut substantially without risking the country’s security,
Is there a link between that kind of military spending and America’s poor showing in the social justice study? It’s a question that merits debate.
Originally posted by Aestheteka
One of my favourite books is Thoreau's "Walden"
That is what the American spirit was and should be again. The pioneer spirit, where a man was a man and not a sheep or cannon fodder.
”Republics mind their own business. Their governments have very limited powers, and their people are too busy practicing self-government to worry about problems in other countries. Empires not only bully smaller, defenseless nations, they also can’t leave their own, hapless subjects alone.... Empires and small government aren’t compatible, either.”
One thing I'd like to add is that other countries weed out those who don't have the skills and force them in to trade schools. For example in some countries you have the right to elementary and middle school education. But for high school you must take an entrance exam, pass and get accepted fail and hello trade school or welcome to the work force.