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AMERICAN POLITICS... posted 29 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by azdahak, Candidate

One difference between Europe and the US is when we talk about liberalism it's almost always economic liberalism. The US has gone from being a economical liberal nation to one of corporate liberalism by dismantling anti-thrust laws and allowing price fixing. Classical (economic) liberalism lets the market more or less handle it self, but requires capitalistic nations to have laws to secure the market against cornering. After the recent tarrifs and the all-consuming power of the corporations it's fair to say that the United States of America is NOT a free-market nation.
Coming from a nation that's been social democratic (not Sweden, the other one <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> ) for a long time with some liberalist periods between, I can tell you it's a good and safe system to live under. Low poverty means low crime rates as well as more productive individuals (consumers). Yes we have high taxes, but we also have a high awarenes for what those taxes pay for (universal healthcare, roads, welfare). If you lose your job, it's not freeloading NOT having to sell your house while you're waiting for the next one. We might have to wait a bit for non-chritical operations, but it's free! Having a condition that requires expensive medicine? Everything above $250 is paid by the state. I can't really see how this can be wrong and apparently the UN can't either as they rated it the best country to live in.
The poster below hasn't got a clue what he's talking about when it comes to self defense. Many of us that leans to the left (at least for you americans) have qualms of ATTACKING other nations and people. That doesn't mean that people who comes against us with weapons and bad intent isn't fair game. We humans are survival-machines after all!! An please remember amadah that the reason for international diplomacy after WW2 is that the "OTHER" side also has thermonuclear weapons! So don't wave your dick around too much would you. I want a future on this planet even if you don't!
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