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Old 11-07-2010, 09:14 AM
athelas athelas is offline
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Originally Posted by jjimm View Post
Well OK, let's try Singapore. Profoundly capitalist economics, authoritarian leadership - but a massive social safety net that is mandatory.
More extensive than the US, but much less extensive than Nordic Europe, and it's heavily means-tested, which wouldn't sit well with the American left in practice.

In general, I'm amused by "cosmopolitan" types who claim that all the world is more liberal than the US, while looking only at Western Europe and ignoring, say, Asia. Then they turn around and criticize historical Eurocentrism.

Last edited by athelas; 11-07-2010 at 09:15 AM.