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  • Thanks for warning us about these perils. I have emailed this to everyone I know so they can be aware of the danger. :)
    • Then hopefully they'll read my counter-argument, too. One primary tenet of economics (and one that's often not taught) is that in any given economic system, there tends to be an inverse correlation between efficiency and "fairness". If you go too far to either extreme, the systems can break down. One problem with many socialist countries is that they have strived so hard for "fairness" that they tend to be less efficient and economies like the US tend to dominate. Witness the economic doldrums of France as a classic example.

      Unfortunately, every country's social structure, culture and resources are suitably different that a "one size fits all" economic system can't apply. The problem is that the laissez-faire zealots sometimes seize on this and loftily proclaim that isolated examples such as Finland are a fluke. What often they fail to realize is that laissez-faire also can't be applied as a general rule and there's nothing wrong with trying to find out if we can be more compassionate and efficient at the same time.

      • Witness the economic doldrums of France as a classic example.

        I guess I'll have to step up to the plate on this one ;--)

        Not being an economist, I won't comment on figures and if the French economy is really that bad though. I will just give an example of why I can't really comment ;--)

        My favourite economic example is a perfect illustration of a line that should be familiar to you: "There Is More Than One Way To Do It". See I used to work for Airbus, a German-French_English (with a smidgen of Spanish th