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Economically Centred Gov't
by fadingdust on Tue 1st Nov 2011 19:29 UTC
fadingdust
Member since:
2009-11-05

Please tell me somewhere there's a less money-bag-centric national government..

I'm honestly asking, I could use some hope

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RE: Economically Centred Gov't
by cmchittom on Tue 1st Nov 2011 19:36 in reply to "Economically Centred Gov't"
cmchittom Member since:
2011-03-18

Please tell me somewhere there's a less money-bag-centric national government..

I'm honestly asking, I could use some hope


You could try Oceania or Eastasia. They've got their problems, but being money-bag-centric isn't one of them.

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RE: Economically Centred Gov't
by zima on Tue 1st Nov 2011 20:25 in reply to "Economically Centred Gov't"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Please tell me somewhere there's a less money-bag-centric national government..

I'm honestly asking, I could use some hope

Bhutan, possibly? ;) At least judging from one curiosity which came from them... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gross_national_happiness (Bhutan does seem "strangely" high on, linked in that art, Satisfaction with Life Index)

Maybe there is something to it...
http://web.mit.edu/krugman/www/ratrace.html
[...]
America in the 1950s was a middle-class society in a way that America in the 1990s is not. That is, it had a much flatter income distribution, so that people had much more sense of sharing a common national lifestyle. And people in that relatively equal America felt good about their lives, even though by modern standards, they were poor--poorer, if Boskin is correct, than we previously thought. Doesn't this mean, then, that having a more or less equal distribution of income makes for a happier society, even if it does not raise anyone's material standard of living? That is, you can use the fact that people did not feel poor in the 1950s as an argument for a more radical egalitarianism than even most leftists would be willing to espouse.

You could even argue that American society in the 1990s is an engine that maximizes consumption yet minimizes satisfaction.
[...]

Alas, people think they want what will make them more happy, and so their govs more or less reflect such desires; people like their myths (hilariously, the myth of "good old times half a century ago" seems, to me, to be much more widespread among those who are, in (very) short, anti-socialist/anti-evil ;) )

Edited 2011-11-01 20:28 UTC

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fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

Please tell me somewhere there's a less money-bag-centric national government..

I'm honestly asking, I could use some hope


01. Xanadu
02. Valhalla
03. Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan
04. Mr. Rogers Neighborhood
05. Narnia
06. Quahog
07. Netherlands (of course)
08. Ubuntia
09. Mountain View - where noevil beans are grown
10. Greece - it's all gone!

Edited 2011-11-01 20:44 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

07. Netherlands (of course)


Considering my government's nose has traditionally been lodged firmly in US president du jour's ass, I don't think we should be on that list.

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Hussein Member since:
2008-11-22

Best comment I've read all day.

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UglyKidBill Member since:
2005-07-27

Brasil !!!

They actually took real, effective massures to benefit their citizens. Even the poor ones!

He probably made some mistakes (I'm not aware of any important one though...) but I would definetively vote for Lula if there was a "President of the Earth" position ;)

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RE: Economically Centred Gov't
by timosa on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 05:37 in reply to "Economically Centred Gov't"
timosa Member since:
2005-07-06

Recently I saw this thoughtful article in Spiegel and somehow it fits in this setting so well...

Has America Become an Oligarchy?
http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,793896,00.html

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