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(Obviously I'm exaggerating and the use you mention is entirely correct. It's just that the equality comes at a price.)
Note: the OR is Inclusive.
"Equality comes at a price." True and I do not disagree. I submit rampant individualism also comes at a price. Sweden, if I may, is the poster child for the Price of Equality while the US is the shining example of the Price of Rampant Individualism. Having had my fill of the latter I wouldn't mind, at all, a goodly dollop of the former. Given what you, and others, have posted it is apparent Your Mileage most certainly Does Vary. Once again, I do not take issue with that. I would maintain there is much to admire in the 'Scandinavian Model' but neither do I have any illusions about it. As much as I detest the 'US Model' I still recognize there are good things about it as well.
Over the next 50 years, or so, tho' I fully expect these two systems to be challenged. I further expect the 'Swedish Model' to be the superior system and the basis of that superiority is lagom. What I don't expect is innovative methods for dealing with the challenges to come from a Swedish Model but I do expect them from the US Model.
But the general level of pain and suffering will be greater under the US Model.
Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
And I agree that the solution lies nearer the "Swedish" model than the US one.
"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed"
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