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Denmark, Democratic Socialism, and Dreams of Adoption

maxresdefaultIn a recent facebook discussion on the merits of capitalism vs socialism (“democratic”, of course), I concluded it by asking my friend to take some time and pick a specific country that we should look to as an ideal model, and I would then offer my comments.

I suggested this because it’s difficult to argue against the nebulous collection of countries that are often referenced in these discussions. It’s hardly sporting to offer only the highlights of each divorced from their flaws. While there are many similarities with the various “democratic socialist” countries (such as the Nordics), they each have unique issues and unique things about them that grant what success they do have.

So far, I have not been given a concrete choice, but a casual reference to a video on Denmark was offered. Given that breadcrumb, and the fact that Bernie Sanders has certainly found this country of interest, I’m going to go with it for now. And why not? They have free education and healthcare. They seem to be happy, and they have legos, pastries, and promiscuity. What more could one ask for?

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You May Be a Capitalist If…

enjoy-capitalismThe following are some of the core ideas upon which “conservative” economic policy is based, in my estimation.  Most of these are fairly common-sense and uncontroversial.  It seems to me that for one to reject Capitalism (for lack of a better word), then one must hold to some other principle(s) that override all of this.  But in acting upon those overriding principles, one must manage the consequences of suppressing these principles. If one agrees with the majority of the following, then they may be a Capitalist at heart, or should at least be sympathetic to those who prefer Capitalism.  That is, they should not find it a wicked and unreasonable economic system, which seems to be a popular sentiment in the West these days.

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