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[–] Ronjoe 1 point 29 points (+30|-1) ago 

can't point to a single instance of socialism

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Nordic country

I'm usually against socialism myself, but that's a cold hard fact that's hard to ignore.

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[–] BoiseNTheHood 9 points 9 points (+18|-9) ago 

Again, they are poorer than most US states and are cutting back on entitlements.

Additionally, the only reason the Nordic countries have stayed afloat for so long is because they had established a prosperous economy via free-market capitalism and a respect for property rights before switching to socialism, which they have preceded to spend the fruits of on a towering entitlement state.

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[–] CommonSense 2 points 7 points (+9|-2) ago 

This is absolutely true. The free market is so powerful that it can make socialism look good for quite some time after it's been destroyed. Socialism ultimately destroys a society because nobody wants to be responsible for carrying the dead weight of others...particularly at the point of a gun.

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[–] TremorAcePV 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

they are poorer than most US states

I feel that isn't a ... logical way to look at things. You are saying that a country roughly the size of most larger US states is poorer than most US states (the italics implies you are saying that's significant, I think).

US States are to the US what EU countries are to the EU, minus the Federal overarching authority of government.

I feel it's extremely unfair to compare any one EU country to the entirety of the US because it's not even close to the same thing. Comparing them directly to states is more accurate.

Then you have to get into how the two areas are set up (again, different governments, among other things) and consider how significantly that would affect individual state's economies.

I'm just saying. EU to US is apples to oranges to begin with, and since the EU is made of countries and the US is one large country made of states, you can't directly compare them that way.

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[–] ParadigmShift 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Money well spent if you ask me.