: Alright, you got me there, but I still admire the Dutch for the social liberalism. I'm very fond of Denmark, by the way, having spent some time there.
Holland is a place I like - and they do have what you call social liberalism - but if you want to build a shed in your own backgarden you have to get allsorts of approvals to do so (at least you did when I knew poeple there a few years back) - lots of red tape bureaucracy and checking with all and sundry - also they have recently had to cut way back on their benefits handouts, the country was slowly going banckrupt and many people were screwing the system.
: Alas, I fear we need to come up with a new label for what is happening in the world, or at least here in the United States. "Corporatism?" "Corporate Totalitarianism?" Maybe just good old "plutocracy."
plutocracy - government by the wealthy; or a group of wealthy people who control or influence a government.
Perhaps thats a good thing to call it. Its usually called capitalism - which means only private ownership of property and free trade and is not a necessary pre-cursor to plutocracy - observe monarchies many of whome were essentially plutocracies
: : : : "Fascism....must be understood as the historic outgrowth of capitalism. The man who opposes Fascism without opposing Capitalism are like those who want to eat a piece of meat without killing the cow. They merely hate barbarism without hating the economic order that leads inevitably to barbarism."
: : : : This was said by Berthold Brecht, the famous Czech playwright, who had experience with capitalism, fascism, and communism. he escaped Nazi persecution in hsi native Czechoslovakia, then escaped McCarthy's persecution in America and sought political asylum in East Germany, where he ended his life.
: : : : Berthold, you are not forgotten.