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it's about comparing the bottom quintile of incomes, one to another, and arguing that this European social system is better than the Anglo/Saxon system

Just to clear up a few misapprehensions:

  • comparisons with Europe were asked for right at the top of the thread by asdf, who, let it be said, fairly consistently expresses the belief that there's not much wrong with America and that contributors here (American or otherwise) are pretty much over the top on the subject;

  • you yourself, here and elsewhere, have often asked, even with insistence, that people put data on the table (you might take your own advice, if you don't mind me saying so);

  • nothing here is about proving that Europe is superior to America, or that America is screwed up and should learn from the "European model";

  • on the other hand, something that broadly unites the Europeans here is the idea that we have something we don't intend to lose or allow to be steamrollered by globalizing corporate/financial capitalism. This may seem strange to you, but you're not in our shoes.

Just sayin'.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Oct 15th, 2005 at 03:55:54 PM EST
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