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Hmm. Another way the word is used is in the sense that you should put your candle under a bushel, if it's a better or brighter candle than your neighbor has.
So the preference where I come from is that everyone is equally poor and equally stupid. Fuck lagom.

(Obviously I'm exaggerating and the use you mention is entirely correct. It's just that the equality comes at a price.)


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by Number 6 on Thu Jul 19th, 2007 at 06:28:08 AM EST
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The globe can't sustain 6 billion people living a 'First World' lifestyle.  The globe can't sustain the people currently living a 'First World' lifestyle living a 'First World' lifestyle.  We need to greatly expand the available resources, especially power, see that some form of lagom becomes culturally operative, or a whole lot people will die over the next century.

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

by ATinNM on Sat Jul 21st, 2007 at 02:31:54 AM EST
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It's the right combination of Equality and Equity that is needed to arrive at an optimal form of "Cooperative Individualism".

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" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sat Jul 21st, 2007 at 06:37:23 AM EST
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