Thursday, October 29, 2009

MY BELOVED DENMARK, AND HOW DO WE CATCH UP WITH THE DANES?

I’m ecstatic, last night David Brancaccio was a guest on the Rachel Maddow show. And guess what? … In talking with Rachel about our infrastructure, he spoke about my beloved Denmark.

If you’ve been keeping up with the posts on this blog, you know I have a love for Denmark. I love the Danes. I embrace their core values and their innovative spirit; and I often wish the United States had their kind of government.

On March 17th of this year, I posted a piece called "
AMERICANS SOLD A BILL OF BULL". I wanted to let Americans know that they are deluded, and they don’t have a clue how much previous administrations [and perhaps this administration] have kept them in the dark.

Our government has also, in collusion with our corporations, and the rich, and the powerful, … perpetrated a fraud. And yet, we still live in denial about our free enterprise system.

Several days ago, I wrote a small piece called "
Capitalism 201 Gone Wild" Fosters Inequality". I talked about our economic system, and my ideal economic system. Denmark comes pretty close to my ideal system.
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It is an economic system where good familial and community relationships are highly valued. When you get some time, read the piece.
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Update: "The Social Democrats led a string of coalition governments for most of the second half of the last century in a country generally known for its liberal traditions. This pattern was upset in November 2001 when a centre-right coalition promising tighter immigration controls came to power following a snap election called by the then Social Democrat Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen in an attempt to capitalise on his rising popularity in the wake of the 11 September attacks on the US." In 2007, Rasmussen was re-elected - boasting to tighten immigration and boost the economy. We'll wait to see how this change in direction will affect the social fabric of Denmark.
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Update November 10, 2010
How the Wealthy Organized to Rip Everyone Else off -- And What You Can Do to Stop It | | AlterNet by Maria Armoudian


RACHEL'S INTERVIEW WITH DAVID:
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"Michael Moore's Action Plan: 15 Things Every American Can Do Right Now"
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Denmark
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Economic Council of the Labour Movement
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Danish Council of Ethics
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The Danish National Centre for Social Research
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Copenhagen Institute
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Philip Morris and its growing negative influence in Denmark
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Infrastructure

3 comments:

Elaine said...

**********You absolutely must read this:
"Why the U.S. Has Launched a New Financial World War -- and How the Rest of the World Will Fight Back"

http://www.alternet.org/story/148481/why_the_u.s._has_launched_a_new_financial_world_war_--_and_how_the_rest_of_the_world_will_fight_back_

Elaine said...

Great article at Alternet:

"Why Germany Has It So Good -- and Why America Is Going Down the Drain"

http://www.alternet.org/story/148501/why_germany_has_it_so_good_--_and_why_america_is_going_down_the_drain

Anonymous said...

An article posted on Alternet is a must read:

"As the Country Falls Apart, It's Time for Our Revolution" by Ted Rall

http://www.alternet.org/story/148796/as_the_country_falls_apart%2C_it%27s_time_for_our_revolution