@kellyjaysaid 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.
@mghrn55said 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.
@ashiitakasaid 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.
@ashiitakasaid 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.
@mott-the-hooplesaid 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.