Post by Rudy Canoza
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Post by Gerry Duggan
Is that why illegal aliens are trying to swarm into those countries?
Oh that's right, they *aren't*.
So, you noticed that the happiest countries aren't led by right wing scum who
Austria - coalition of two center-right parties
Canada - Liberal party (left-of-center, not socialist)
Denmark - coalition of three center-right parties
Finland - coalition of two center-right and one "liberal" party
("liberal" means pro-market in European politics)
Iceland - coalition of two center-right parties and one socialist party
Netherlands - coalition of center-right and "liberal" (pro-market) parties
New Zealand - coalition of center-left and center-right
Norway - coalition of three center-right and "liberal" (pro-market) parties
Sweden - coalition of center-left and "green"
Switzerland - coalition of four center-right parties and Social Democrats
So, it appears that happiness is highly correlated with having some
kind of conservative political governance.
Left & Right is relative.
If you are far left, then slight off far left is called "right", even if
you are still very much far left.
All those countries you have mentioned in this post have Socialist
policies, so they are all considered Socialist countries.
Hitler is considered extreme right, but Germany was, and still is, a
Socialist country. Hitler's party was called "National Socialist German
Workers' Party" (Nazi Party).
Hitler's Socialist policies brought post-WWI Germany out of total ruin
and into economic prosperity in just a few short years.
Top 10 Most Socialist Countries in the World
By Peerform <http://blog.peerform.com/author/peerformadmin/> · On
December 6, 2012
The term socialist has been thrown around quite a bit in the past few
years. Not since the cold war has the term garnered so much attention in
the press and from politicians. But when you look at countries who
actually have a socialist economic structure, you can see some
similarities to the United States but there are some really stark
Below, you will see some of the most socialistic nations in the world today:
* New Zealand
Despite popular myths, there is very little connection between economic
performance and welfare expenditure. Many of the countries on this list
are proof of that, such as Denmark and Finland. Even though both
countries are more socialistic than America, the workforce remains stronger.
In China the government manages and controls the economy. Many of the
domestic companies are owned and run by the government. Recently,
the Chinese economy has become more geared towards capitalism, but is
still officially socialist. Life in China remains relatively less
stressful and more relaxed than life in capitalist countries like America.
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
Amagertorv in Copenhagen, Denmark (image CC BY 2.0 by Furya via
Finland has one of the worlds 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.
Paasitorni by the Sea in Helsinki, Finland (Image CC BY-SA 3.0 by Kati
Kosonen via Wikimedia Commons)
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)
Sweden has a large welfare system, but due to a high national debt,
required much government intervention in the economy. In Norway, the
government controls certain key aspects of the national economy, and
they also have one of the best welfare systems in the world, with Norway
having one of the highest standards of living in all of Europe. Norway
is not a member of the European Union.
Ireland has arguably one of the best welfare systems in the world, with
unemployment checks higher on average than Denmark or Switzerlands
average. Around 25 percent of Irelands GDP goes towards paying for the
welfare system, as compared to 15 percent of America GDP towards
Americas social support programs.
New Zealand may not be a socialist country, but the welfare system in
the country is very wide ranging, offering support for housing,
unemployment, health, child care, and education as well. Therefore, New
Zealand has many of the characteristics of a socialist country, even
while remaining officially free market.
The location of Hobbiton, as used in the Lord of the Rings films. Near
Matamata in New Zealand (image CC BY 2.0 by Rob Chandler via Wikimedia
Lastly, Belgium has most of the same social security benefits that New
Zealand offers, including invalid and old age pensions. The welfare
system causes much of the countrys budget deficit though, and so is
considered by some to be a burden on society.
Het Plein at the Hague, Belgium (image: CC BY 2.0 by zoetnet via