Posted 11 years ago on Aug. 16, 2012, 2:23 p.m. EST by WatTyler
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I’m always amused when reactionaries paint a picture of the choices for America’s economic future as being between an Ayn Rand inspired neo-fascist state and 1930’s style Stalinist communism. How ignorant, how embarrassing the level of public discourse is in our country! (Of course, this is no accident.)
I could have just as well asked what’s going on in Norway, or elsewhere. The answer is, I’m not entirely certain, (For which I should be, and am embarrassed.) but I do understand that it’s quite a bit different than what’s going on in America.
Now it’s time for the stink-tank trolls to distract everyone with accusations that Europe as a whole has serious economic problems AT THE MOMENT. (Many of the causes of which aren’t exclusive to Europe.) And that none of the societies are perfect social nirvanas, having social problems and troubling voices, as will ANY complex modern society. Or as is the case in Germany, has the sad and awful history of the Nazis from 70 years ago.
And it’s important that the trolls accomplish this distraction. Because the LAST thing they want discussed are the economic paths such countries have pursued since the end of World War II, and the overall, long term benefits that these policies have had on these societies and the average quality of life of their citizens.
As I confessed, I do not have a detailed understanding of all these policies. But I do hear bits of information reported on the news that intrigue. Sometime ago, Germany began to suffer from unemployment. Solution? They REDUCED their working hours! Can you imagine such a policy in our country? And just last week; Germany is having difficulty finding ENOUGH employees to fill all the needs their industry requires. Or that German students at large leave school fully prepared with real-world preparation to earn a living.
But in America we are given the false choice where either the corporatists control government policy so as to create a labor market that minimizes earning, including a certain degree of unemployment to control wages, or else the government takes most of production, and itself employs enlarged numbers of bureaucrats to redistribute it.
Obviously, Germany and other countries have followed different courses. And the results of those courses have been societies with high average standards of living, and a social contract in which their citizens generally have a secure material future. And yet, STILL, in these societies, there is also thriving industry! As I said, I’m not conversant with all the details, as few Americans seem to be, but perhaps we should begin the conversation that leads to greater knowledge.