Hullu Hevonen wrote:why are you all americans so afraid of socialism?
"Afraid"? Not exactly. We just like to be as close to free, and as far from enslaved by the State as possible. You know, that whole King George III thing. Kinda sorta like how Finns keep refusing to be ruled by Russia or Sweden. Why are Finns so Afraid of Swedes and Russians?
Too much freedom is no freedom, no freedom is no freedom. You know, a little socialism is not that bad, here we have free health care, low insurances compared to yours(I pay 45-85 â‚¬/y in insurances, not that much in my opinion), But then again we have comparably higher taxes then others(everyone has personal taxation, the poor pay less tax and the rich pay higher tax). So we have socialism in Finland, but we do also have freedom and capitalism, we still have free markets etc... So in my opinion, a little "socialism" would be good, especially in the healthcare/insurance sectors. Also why would socialism make you "slaves" to the state? Let me ask you something, what would happine if your wife/husband/mother/father/you one day where hit by a truck while on your way to work and the insurance company refused you(lets say for the sake of argument, that you where responsible)? how much would it cost? I saw a documentary ones where a woman had to pay hundreds of dollars for her medication, but then she went to cuba and bought the same meds for a few cents... it was a well known documentary maker, cant right now remember his name...
Afraid of the Swedes? noo... they have a slightly stronger economy then us, they are no threat to be afraid of. Russia, I think that the finns are both angered and afraid of the Russian because of there size and past/current actions.
I'm not atleast flaming, i'm debating the fact that not everything in socialism is bad and not every socialist policy takes away your freedom.