The American Dream is Alive and Well : In Socialist Countries


or more accurately- Social Democratic countries.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Develepoment (OECD) is an international organization of 34 countries, including the US, founded in 1961. It’s mission is stimulate economic progress and world trade, and is a forum of countries committed to the free market economy and to democracy.

They have issued a report showing the American Dream, social mobility, the concept that if you work hard you can improve your life, is alive and well. In countries such as Denmark, Germany, Sweeden, Australia, Norway, Finland… . Not so much in the good old USA.

Ironically, these are all heavily social democratic countries. High taxes. Universal Healthcare. Strong Unions. Large social safety nets.

And not only to the people in these countries have some of the highest standards of living. The longest lifespans. The highest levels of happiness or satisfaction in their lives… Thay also have the best chance of making something of their lives.

Overwhelmingly these are also the countries best surviving the global financial crisis.

And yet, the right wants to take us backwards. Back to the policies that this country has overwhelmingly followed for the past several decades. Policies that have seen the rich get much richer, the poor poorer, and the middle class dissapear (sinking- not rising). Policies that have killed the american dream (just look at the numbers on states with the most poverty and the most people working minimum wage jobs- all long time GOP controlled states). Policies that brought on the total economic collapse.

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I am a criminal. Because I have used cannabis and psychedelics extensively. I have tried many other drugs, but never cared for the uppers, downers, or dissociatives. I love craft beer, and absinthe, but don't care much for alcohols effects- which quite frankly, are boring and dangerous. Science is my religion. I am in my 40's, and have travelled extensively. And often forced myself outside of my confort zone. I am employed, a respected member of my communtiy, an animal lover, an environmentalist, a political junkie, and the realities I have experienced continue to push me further to the left of the political spectrum.
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4 Responses to The American Dream is Alive and Well : In Socialist Countries

  1. talesfromthelou says:

    Reblogged this on Talesfromthelou's Blog and commented:
    From an astute American observer

  2. melfamy says:

    Reblogged this on The Rio Norte Line and commented:
    Our newest commenter has an intriguing post that challenges certain preconceptions, and who doesn’t like a good challenge?

  3. One element I think you might be missing is the overall culture of the country. People work hard, do not abuse entitlements, work together, are educated, etc. America, as a whole, does not have that attitude. Entitlements would be abused and even when offered for free people do not take advantage of opportunity. There is a cultural problem going on in America – not just a political one.

    For example, Japan is a democratic socialist environment, but does not fair as well as the countries you mentioned in western Europe. I question whether socialism would actually help our country or not.

    It’s a chicken or the egg situation. The culture change has to happen before the political change or a better standard of living exists. Great observations though.

    • Some good points.

      As to your first points- I largely agree. I don’t have the time to find it now but I saw some alarming stats from the UK recently on the number of people in their 20’s who had never had a job- and didn’t want one because of the “welfare state”.

      As with so many things- there is no black/white. And finding the balance in the grey is the real trick. There are many, americans, especially in these times, that not only need, but deserve some help. But there will always be those that will abuse this. Amd there is a very real problem in dealing with those that will abuse it- because while they create untenable costs for society, cutting them off ultimately creates other untenable costs for society. I think this, the issue of those unwilling for whatever reason to contribute as they can, is an issue societies have been struggling with since the dawn of man, without ever finding a perfect solution

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