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  1. Germany
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    21 Jul '19 20:51
    @eladar said
    It is much more difficult to find information about politician wealth in Europe. Every country should be required to list the wealth of their politicians.

    Evidently Putin is worth 70 billion USD.
    Not every European accepts the blatant corruption of politicians like Americans do.
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    21 Jul '19 20:44
    @kellyjay said
    We live in a time period called now, a period of time so small its leading edge and trailing edge occupy the same place, God does not. Limitations upon our universe are ours to deal with, they don't apply to the creator and sustainer of the universe, He isn't bound as we are. With Him there would be no violation.
    This is the Science forum - not the appropriate place to fantasize about how the magic man might violate the laws of nature.
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    21 Jul '19 19:52
    @mghrn55 said
    Speaking of Norway, their economic success is situational.
    They are sitting on a wealth of oil reserves.
    But then again, so is Venezuela.
    So the debates continue.

    Additionally, the distinction between Socialism and Communism should be made.
    People should Google it.
    Socialism as a term has been misused in the past.
    Soviet Union called themselves a Socialist country.
    They were in fact Communist.
    Heck, East Germany called themselves a Democratic Republic.
    In fact, the situation in Norway is very similar to Sweden, Denmark and Finland, which do not have such large reserves of natural resources. The main strength of the Norwegian economy is in its economic model, which it broadly shares with its Nordic neighbours. Indeed, if it was just oil you'd expect the average Venezuelan or Saudi to also be very well off, which is obviously not the case.
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    21 Jul '19 19:39
    @whodey said
    So at least you are conceding that they are not socialist

    How much influence compared to elswhwere?
    42.
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    21 Jul '19 15:55
    @ashiitaka said
    I would say that that is an exaggeration. While it is considered 'heterodox', the financial crisis has pushed people away from neoliberalism - towards both sides of the spectrum.
    Science doesn't have "sides of the spectrum."
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    21 Jul '19 15:44
    @ashiitaka said
    It's true that Keynesian theory has fallen out of favour since Milton Friedman correctly predicted that its focus on full employment would lead to stagflation in the long run. But the Keynesian school admits that it is weak in the long run. 'In the long run, we are all dead'.

    Although mainstream economic thought has all but abandoned Marxism (which does not work), the s ...[text shortened]... . On the other side of the spectrum, the heterodox Austrian school has also increased in popularity.
    The pseudo-scientific Austrian school is entirely ignored by serious academics.
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    21 Jul '19 15:35
    @whodey said
    Do the Proletariat run things in Europe?
    The workers have relatively high influence compared to elsewhere.
  8. Germany
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    21 Jul '19 15:29
    @whodey said
    What are the greatest misconceptions about Marx in your opinion?
    Why don't you read Das Kapital and find out?
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    21 Jul '19 15:25
    @whodey said
    You think European societies are socialist?

    Would Marx say that they have achieved their socialist utopia?
    The second-largest group in the EP is socialist, and socialists used to be more influential in the postwar era.
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    21 Jul '19 15:11
    @ashiitaka said
    Even if comparing medians is more "fair" than comparing averages, considering them without also looking at the cost of living is myopic. Norway may rank highly, but when it's not ranked as the most expensive country in the world, it's always top 5. The US usually doesn't even make it into the top 20.

    Another factor to consider is that Norwegian figures are distorted by oil.
    Either way, Eladar's notion that "everyone is poor" in Norway is obviously false.
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    21 Jul '19 15:10
    @eladar said
    Education is free in the US. Healthcare is free for many.

    It would be nice if someone would actually crunch those numbers.
    Neither of those things are even remotely true.
  12. Germany
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    21 Jul '19 15:00
    @mott-the-hoople said
    when did anyone say people died from starvation?
    People don't live long lives when they are "starving."
  13. Germany
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    21 Jul '19 14:57
    @eladar said
    Lol, you are pathetic. Our take home pay has healthcare insurance taken out. Take home pay is the money people actually get to spend. It is the only true way to compare.
    You're having some trouble keeping on track. Your post-tax income is before deductions by your employer for health care coverage.

    It would be fine to compare the net pay after costs for health care, education, etc. and if you do that you'll find that a typical Norwegian earns more.
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    21 Jul '19 14:53
    @mott-the-hoople said
    before all this recent development the Iranian people were starving, tried protesting but got quashed by their govt. Meanwhile Iran supports terrorism around the world while their people starve.

    Thank obama for giving them OUR tax money!
    When were people "starving" in Iran? Life expectancy has been 70+ since 2000 and is now only 2 years below the U.S.
  15. Germany
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    21 Jul '19 14:47
    @eladar said

    Kaz make sure you are talking post tax income.
    That would be a misleading way of presenting the data, as Americans have more things to spend their post-tax income on than Norwegians, such as health care and education.
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