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    If you read history guys, gays never fare well in socialist regimes. Gays are always one of the first groups on the trains headed for the "camps". We are also one of the first groups used to put the very people in power that eventually turn and sacrifice us to the "greater good".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durango95;8665424[B
    ]If you read history guys, gays never fare well in socialist regimes[/B]. Gays are always one of the first groups on the trains headed for the "camps". We are also one of the first groups used to put the very people in power that eventually turn and sacrifice us to the "greater good".
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    Sadly a lot of countries refuse to adjust to these type of changes because they are so focused on being different from the west.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laufey View Post
    Sadly a lot of countries refuse to adjust to these type of changes because they are so focused on being different from the west.
    I honestly don't understand why.

    Most of what comprises the EU appear to be much more tolerant of "differences" than the outgoing "Superpowers" of the 20th Century.

    What's striking to me are the attempts to find a "minority" within their own borders that they can attack, and rally their supporters
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    And in the US (maybe not socialist but left wing people are more supportive of it)

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    There is little doubt these things are intent on gaining the support of religious conservatives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laufey View Post
    Sadly a lot of countries refuse to adjust to these type of changes because they are so focused on being different from the west.
    So true---they just like the money making corrupt capitalist part.

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    There is a giant difference between socialism in the form of a progressive socially-oriented movement, and the 20th century abominations that sprang from the concept of it. Post-Communist countries never had true socialism, and the reason gays didn't fare well there was/is that the people at the top have too much power and are always too small minded. It's personal bigotry that is allowed to take the form of law.

    It is really depressing, what's happening in Russia. But I believe that if the rest of the world moves faster toward equality, they will end up seeing they have no choice.
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    Socialists always use "fringe" or "minority" groups to gain power. Once power is gained they then destroy those groups as a trophy for yet another group to codify power. Read your history guys. Modern Europe is following the same model as it has done in times past.

    Ask Ernst Rohm about how well his gayness was tolerated after the Nazi's gained power. He wasn't executed because of it outright. It was the popular excuse given. One which everyone pretty much was on board with.

    I get very suspicious when socialists embrace any "group". They are a slippery bunch that has proven to be wholly untrustworthy.

    Islam has tolerated gay culture in the past. I say again guys. Read your history. I do not speak of the fiction which nowadays passes for history but the real thing. The Mamluk empire is a prime example of this tolerance. Homosexuality was rampant in the empire. It was known to Muslims but was ignored because of the military might they possessed. It becomes a political decision and not one based in religion. We have to remember that Islam is a sociopolitical system which employs a religion as the primary vehicle.

    If it were expedient for them to tolerate gay culture, they would. It is just that now it isn't necessary for them to do so. It serves them better to persecute gays publicly to unify their respective nations and to garner acceptance from the burgeoning socialism in the different areas of the world.
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    Beware of conservatism. It goes against humanity.

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    It is not a conservative or socialist thing specifically, it is a power thing. Any person or group that wants to dominate but needs to distract the people from their own excesses finds an unpopular minority to focus the people's displeasure on. The minority chosen is usually but not always driven by the philosophy of the group in power. Conservatives have plenty of scapegoats to focus on but so does every other group. Socialists like to focus on the 'rich' for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stardreamer View Post
    Conservatives have plenty of scapegoats to focus on but so does every other group. Socialists like to focus on the 'rich' for example.
    Ridiculous comparison.

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    Yes, all of the socialist countries in modern Europe treat homosexuals like shit. The thirteen countries that offer some form of registered partnership and the eight that offer full-blown marriage equality are unspeakably awful. I can't believe the utter nonsense that is spewed in this sub-forum.

    I digress...the Orthodox Church has sway in Eastern Europe as well as the "ex-KGB" lot currently running the upper echelons of the political realm. Give them another generation or two and things will swing back to the proper, socially-progressive form. Russia has always been an absolutely fascinating country from a historical perspective, and I haven't met a single Russian I didn't like as a person (mind you, all the Russians I know are in their 20s). Again, it just needs time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by -Callum- View Post
    Yes, all of the socialist countries in modern Europe treat homosexuals like shit. The thirteen countries that offer some form of registered partnership and the eight that offer full-blown marriage equality are unspeakably awful. I can't believe the utter nonsense that is spewed in this sub-forum.

    I digress...the Orthodox Church has sway in Eastern Europe as well as the "ex-KGB" lot currently running the upper echelons of the political realm. Give them another generation or two and things will swing back to the proper, socially-progressive form. Russia has always been an absolutely fascinating country from a historical perspective, and I haven't met a single Russian I didn't like as a person (mind you, all the Russians I know are in their 20s). Again, it just needs time.
    At this point the 50 year old attempt to completely discredit absolutely *any* form of "Socialism" has gotten down to bare tacks like what you're responding to, Callum. "They um... they're insidious! They turn on the groups they purport to support!" Eyeroll.

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    I've heard it's getting better for gays in China because of the whole population control thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xbuzzerx View Post

    At this point the 50 year old attempt to completely discredit absolutely *any* form of "Socialism" has gotten down to bare tacks like what you're responding to, Callum. "They um... they're insidious! They turn on the groups they purport to support!" Eyeroll.
    Yes, not to mention that to claim those countries - which have the highest living standards on the planet, surpassing those of the States I might add - are "awful", is snicker-inducing.
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    Governments always need something or someone to demonize. Now that they're done targeting female rock bands, looks like Russia has picked out the gays for their latest round of hate spewing. I would bet because there aren't enough of them as an organized group to cause them any trouble and they can safely hide behind religion to justify it.

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    Eastern Europe is not uniformly religious. In fact, almost none of the post-Communist countries are religious at all - Communism didn't really like religion too much. Bulgaria is probably about 85% atheist at the very least, and so are most of our neighbors.

    Homophobia in Eastern Europe is a Balkan culture thing, not religious at all. I didn't KNOW that religious homophobia existed until coming to the States. In my part of the world the concept that sexuality is a "choice" does not exist.
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    I don't know. Frankly, I don't think even Russia is that religious, even though their mafia-Church is very tight with their joke of a crimelord government.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JockBoy87 View Post
    I'm not so sure. There is no prohibition against homosexuality in any Eastern religion, yet LGBTs are shunned because of traditional family roles in China, Japan, India, etc.
    This wasn't true in the past though. For a large part in Eastern history homosexuality was accepted in most Eastern cultures. There were ever third gender groups such as in India with Hijras and Eunuchs in China. However it was generally expected for people to marry purely to secure the family line. In fact marriage through out most of the ancient world had little to do with love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolyo85 View Post
    Yes, not to mention that to claim those countries - which have the highest living standards on the planet, surpassing those of the States I might add - are "awful", is snicker-inducing.

    If one is snickering, one is uninformed. Also it depends on what concept of "living standards" you are using. It is said, "one man's trash is another man's treasure."

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    Yes, all of the socialist countries in modern Europe treat homosexuals like shit. The thirteen countries that offer some form of registered partnership and the eight that offer full-blown marriage equality are unspeakably awful. I can't believe the utter nonsense that is spewed in this sub-forum.


    Might I suggest the you read "The Phenomenon of Socialism" by Igor Shafarevich. I doubt if it will change your mind if you are indeed an ideologue, but you may gain some understanding as to why most are resistant to socialism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durango95 View Post
    Might I suggest the you read "The Phenomenon of Socialism" by Igor Shafarevich. I doubt if it will change your mind if you are indeed an ideologue, but you may gain some understanding as to why most are resistant to socialism.
    Socialism works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durango95 View Post
    If one is snickering, one is uninformed. Also it depends on what concept of "living standards" you are using. It is said, "one man's trash is another man's treasure."
    We're using the living standards shared by most of the planet except for all but the very most regressive reactionary conservatives.

    Education, healthcare, access to employment, disposable income, etc.

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    The only people that are resistant to socialism are those who've been misinformed or are living in a delusion concocted by Joe McCarthy. Igor Shafarevich is mainly a mathematician, not at all an economist. He lived what may be the most poorly-executed form of socialism: Russian communism, which is not actually communism, and barely socialism.

    I don't think any of us here advocate for pure socialism, which is as useless and flawed as pure capitalism. Concentrated socialism doesn't work (see Russia), and concentrated capitalism doesn't work (see Gilded Age in the U.S.). Rather, I believe those here that advocate it, (including myself) use the term socialism to instead refer to democratic socialism or social democracy, which is basically a half and half mixture of capitalism and socialism. More-or-less the Nordic model.

    The Nordic model is a healthy compromise of LME and CME, right in the democratic socialism range. It is incredibly stable, sustainable and even popular among those who live in it. It works. Fact.

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    To explain, the Nordic model is like a consistent welfare capitalism. Business are mostly private and exist in a free market, but the state provides many services and welfare to taxpayers, who in this care are the primary benefactors of it. They pay high taxes (up to 52 or so %), but get so much out of it that it works out in their favor. The don't have to pay stupidly high rates for college or healthcare on top of taxes, since they've already paid for them BEFORE inflation. They also provide safety nets to keep a much higher portion of their population in the workforce and contributing.

    The opposing view is to have private businesses provide these services and competition would force them to have low prices. Sounds nice on paper but doesn't work in the long-run, as one business would eventually come out on top. Their view is that since government isn't efficient enough to provide ALL the services, it can't provide ANY services. That's simply not true. The Scandinavians have proven that all the basic services CAN be provided at reasonable cost to the people and at a very high quality.

    When it comes down to it, it's better to provide universally than only to the poor. Everyone benefits, as opposed to everyone losing, as it currently is in the U.S. (except the richest of the rich).
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    Yes when people have lived in a strong welfare state they appreciate the security and life quality it brings.

    Sure half of your money ends up in the state but a big majority thinks it's worth it. Nobody has to sell their house to pay for medical bills.

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    You do realize all the counties in the "Nordic" model are less than a tenth of the U.S. population, combined. That means that the "poor" in these countries which receive benefits would be tantamount to the population of a large city in the U.S. To put it another way there are more people on the dole in the U.S. than the total population of all the Scandinavian countries.

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    I will interject, if these countries are the paragon of human existence, then why is everyone trying to get into the U.S. I may have one possible answer. The mean income in the U.S. is 50% higher than all of the countries in your Nordic model.

    There are a lot of interesting things about these wonderful countries. Let's take Sweden as an example. If you spend 12 years of your life in higher education to become a doctor, you can expect to make just a few dollars more than a guy that spent 4 years in higher education to become an IT guy, around 80K a year. Isn't that great! If you want to be a HVAC guy you can make a whopping 36k a year.

    There is no good socialism and bad socialism there is only socialism. It has proven time and again to be an ineffective economic system.

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    Here's some more few facts....those pesky facts.

    Sweden's national debt to GDP is 187%.

    Norway's national debt to GDP is 141%.

    Finland's national debt to GDP is 155%.

    Denmark's national debt to GDP is 180%.

    The U.S. is cruising along at 105%. Considering the fact that the U.S. is shoring up the EU, the preceding numbers would probably be substantially higher.

    Socialism is fabulous as long as someone else is financing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durango95 View Post
    You do realize all the counties in the "Nordic" model are less than a tenth of the U.S. population, combined. That means that the "poor" in these countries which receive benefits would be tantamount to the population of a large city in the U.S. To put it another way there are more people on the dole in the U.S. than the total population of all the Scandinavian countries.
    Japan has about half our population in a country the size of California.

    I've heard all these Bill O'Reilly dismissals of how socialized anything can't possibly work in the U.S. before and it's still nonsense. If anything bigger population size makes the idea even more viable since the price reduction you could get on things like medications mass produced for such a huge number of people would surpass what a country with a small population could do.

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    But...but...but...I read on this forum that Leftism is the best thing ever for gays...wtf?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kev View Post
    But...but...but...I read on this forum that Leftism is the best thing ever for gays...wtf?
    Somebody's 1950s definition of Socialism needs updating.

    Lot of that going around with conservatives though. 1950's definitions and worldviews.

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    Also, the idea that the world is single-mindedly running to immigrate to the US is very false in 2013. True, it is still among the most desirable places to go to, but it is not the SINGLE most desirable one. Northern Europe is actually attracting a vast quantity of people. It's just that immigration is more difficult there.
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    I can agree--I'd personally LOVE to move to Scandanavia. I see so many positives and so few negatives (language barrier being the largest). It's not too late to leard Danish....though it would've been better if I'd had the mind to start when I was like 6.

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    There is no good socialism and bad socialism there is only socialism. It has proven time and again to be an ineffective economic system.
    Quite the opposite. The Nordic countries are significantly more productive than the USA, and consistently rank well above the USA in quality-of-life surveys.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/why-n...ne-else-2012-7

    The reason that socialism works so well as an economic model is because it supports the middle class. The Great Depression in the USA occurred because, from about 1900 to 1929, the wealth distribution in the USA became increasingly disparate, with rich people becoming very, very rich at the expense of the middle class. It is well to remember that a depression is not a decrease in the money supply. It is the concentration of that money in the hands of a very few. Rich people don't spend like middle class people, so a large disparity in the distribution of wealth in a society is economically depressing. By the Fall of 1929, the disparity in wealth distribution became unsustainable, and the Great Depression resulted.

    The resolution of the depression in the USA occurred because money began flowing back into the middle class, in part because of the socialist programs of FDR and in part because WWII forced a war-time socialism on America. The boom was sustained from about 1940 to about 1980, during which time economic policy in the USA continually supported programs of benefit to the middle class, and the standard of living for Americans rose continuously (and dramatically!) during this period.

    After about 1980, attitudes in the USA changed, and policies favorable to the rich became dominant. Money began flowing out of the middle class and into the hands of the rich as a result of US economic policy, precisely as it had from 1900 to 1929. By 2008, the disparity in wealth distribution again became unsustainable, with the same result in 2008 as was appreciated in 1929. Interestingly, the disparity in wealth distribution in the USA in 2008, at the time of the banking collapse, was exactly the same as in the Fall of 1929. It is interesting also that, in both cases, it took just under 30 years for conservative economic policies to bring us to the tipping point.

    Socialist economies work well because the wealth generated by those economies is directed by government policy toward the people who are creating that wealth - the middle class. Because the middle class is the engine of a capitalist economy, the socialist economies tend to be highly productive.

    The reason that the USA's recovery from the Bush Depression has been so sluggish is that the problem of disparate wealth distribution has not been corrected. If that problem is never corrected, the USA will forever operate under conditions of permanent recession/depression, as do many third world nations: a fabulously wealthy ruling class with lots and lots of relatively poor people.

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    But... but... but... SOCIALIST!!!!
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    Socialist ideologues will not accept any factual data. None. The dissertation above is so riddle with error there isn't enough time left on this side of eternity to expound on that point.

    Socialists live in your lala land. Real history, and not the abridged fantasy that is often used, clearly indicates that socialism doesn't work to sustain periods of time. When the subsidies run out, the system collapses.

    The main point of the thread was to address the issue of gays being targeted as political fodder in Russia. It is nothing new. Gays never fare well in socialist regimes. We are always one of the first groups to be used and then discarded.

    A gay socialist is a truly confused sort. I suppose it makes some sort of sense. Karl Marx was a self-hating Jew. Maybe that is part of the ideology...the self loathing part.

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    Holy crap someone's speaking Viking.

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    Google translate tells me that that's Swedish. While *mutually intelligible to the Danes, I like Denmark more than Sweden.



    *It's actually a really weird system of level of intelligibility. I don't really get it, but it's apparently enough to call them 3 separate languages rather than dialects.

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    If you read history guys, gays never fare well in socialist regimes. Gays are always one of the first groups on the trains headed for the "camps". We are also one of the first groups used to put the very people in power that eventually turn and sacrifice us to the "greater good".
    Not so. Gays generally fare quite well in socialist regimes. It's communist regimes that have been the problem. There's a significant difference.

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

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    Socialists always use "fringe" or "minority" groups to gain power. Once power is gained they then destroy those groups as a trophy for yet another group to codify power. Read your history guys. Modern Europe is following the same model as it has done in times past.

    Ask Ernst Rohm about how well his gayness was tolerated after the Nazi's gained power. He wasn't executed because of it outright. It was the popular excuse given. One which everyone pretty much was on board with.

    I get very suspicious when socialists embrace any "group". They are a slippery bunch that has proven to be wholly untrustworthy.
    Your history is false. Socialist groups on the whole have almost always been positive towards gays.

    Your 'example' of the Nazis actually points toward the truth. There was never anything socialist about the Nazis, despite the official name; they were fascist, which is better described as a form of corporatism; in fact "national corporatism" would be a better description. It's nationalist movements that have really been against gays, especially nationalist authoritarian ones. That's where communists in Russia and the Nazis in Germany meet: both were very nationalist and very authoritarian to a degree that made the official political description nearly irrelevant.

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

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    Beware of conservatism. It goes against humanity.
    Hardly. Remember, the American Revolution was at root conservative. Conservatism boils down to the concept of preserving what is good and changing the rest with prudence and a touch of caution.

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

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    ^^ I was under the impression (and to my knowledge) that Hitler was pro-gay and didn't turn on homosexuality until he could use it to disgrace a political opponent.

    European history doesn't stick in my head though, sadly.
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    I will interject, if these countries are the paragon of human existence, then why is everyone trying to get into the U.S. I may have one possible answer. The mean income in the U.S. is 50% higher than all of the countries in your Nordic model.

    There are a lot of interesting things about these wonderful countries. Let's take Sweden as an example. If you spend 12 years of your life in higher education to become a doctor, you can expect to make just a few dollars more than a guy that spent 4 years in higher education to become an IT guy, around 80K a year. Isn't that great! If you want to be a HVAC guy you can make a whopping 36k a year.

    There is no good socialism and bad socialism there is only socialism. It has proven time and again to be an ineffective economic system.
    I don't know where you're getting your figures, but according to the OECD and the UN, median income in the US is just barely above that in the Scandinavian countries. Once adjusted for things like health care, which those countries provide while the US does not (remember that according to the IRS, such benefits are often counted as income), the US falls in the bottom of this group.

    More telling is the base income, that of the poorest: the Scandinavian countries are a bit higher (though interestingly the per capita GPD is far lower [weird situation, although if income disparity is considered, maybe not]).
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    Socialist ideologues will not accept any factual data. None.
    As a libertarian, I'm saying your figures are 'way off.

    But this is wandering far off topic.

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

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    As a libertarian, I'm saying your figures are 'way off.

    But this is wandering far off topic.
    I tried to get back on point.

    My figures are probably no further off that anyone else. It really does depend on who is compiling and furnishing the information. You cited the UN and OECD. The UN is notorious for creative arithmetic. The OECD has a clear agenda so anything they would put forth would have to be viewed in that light.

    When quoting figures I usually average several different studies, stats or polls together. I never rely on a single source. That just isn't wise nowadays with the complete lack of objectivity which seems to pervade all facets of society.

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    Different studies sounds nice on paper, but you really must gauge the reliability, age, accuracy, methodology, peer-evaluation credibility, etc.

    The UN is a compiler, not a creator: it gets most of its information from outside experts that are beyond qualified to give objective data and analysis. Citing the UN is citing an umbrella: they'e all checked against each other, data is disputed, eventually a consensus is agreed upon and then it is published. Only after many layers scrutiny and and debate does anything get set in stone and released.

    The OECD has a similar process. And since their primary agenda happens to include being correct, that is a non-issue.

    Polls are not very precise, so the only time to frown over polls is when it's a black and white issue.

    Perhaps it is more unwise to try and find many different sources if the trade-off is quality. When it comes down to it, the UN and OECD are first-rate. Healthy skepticism is fine, but don't let it get worked into your system that things MUST be this and MUST be that.

    On the matters of the success of the Nordic model, the numbers are very clearly in their favor. They've proven over time that their system is sustainable. The German model and Nordic model both started at about the same time, but when the German model started to falter after reunification it became clear to the world that the Nordic model didn't so much as flinch when shit hit the fan in the Swedish banking crisis. It worked exactly as it should've and now, 18+ years later, runs strong. I would've liked to see us solve our 2008 crisis as the Swedes did. It's a proven procedure. We really could learn so much from them.

    If you're so unsure of it, perhaps ask one of our resident Scandinavians.
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