[Vision2020] Denmark is among the top ten capitalist countries in the world

Nicholas Gier ngier at uidaho.edu
Sat Sep 8 14:44:13 PDT 2007


Kai's comment that Denmark is not a capitalist country would strike 
the Danes as both strange and absurd. But many of them would not 
at yet another example of how ignorant Americans are about the rest of 
the world.

The only companies owned by the Scandinavian governments are their 
famous airline SAS and their fabulous train systems.  The Social 
Democrats have not had a majority in Parliament since 1966 and Denmark 
has been ruled by a center-right government for most of the time since 
then. (Similar governments now rule in Norway and Sweden.) These 
love capitalism just as much as they love the welfare state.  They 
proved that there is no contradiction between the two.

The Economist, a international free market journal, has concluded that 
European welfare states (including Denmark, Sweden, Finland, the 
Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, and the UK)with highly unionized 
work forces are among the ten most competitive countries in the 
world.  Once far out ahead of the rest, the U.S. now ranks sixth in 
that study.

My Danish friends are now looking up the exact amount of state support 
that the Queen gets every year, but they can safely report that Danish 
are wild about the Queen's success in promoting their famous products 
(ham, cheese, cookies, jam, etc.) around the world.  (Danish 
shipbuilders are actually competitive with Asians.) Danish business 
executives say that they get far more in return for increases in sales 
than the government gives to the Queen each year.

If the Danish royals treated their subjects like serfs, they would 
have voted in
a republic long ago.  The real serfs are Americans who put up with 
weak labor laws, low wages, poor health care, decimated pensions, 
which have been made possible by Republican administrations that have 
allowed American robber barons, 10 percent of the population, own 50 
percent of the wealth.  

And just how many of these fortunes are now held by people who have 
actually earned their way to the top? (Paris Hilton is just one of 
many examples of inherited wealth gone really bad.) We now know that 
fewer and fewer of these outrageous profits are being reinvested in 
companies; many are now just buying their own stock.  Too bad that we 
cannot vote them out of "office." 

Most Europeans would laugh out loud at Kai's generalization that their 
successes "are directly affected by your blood lineage."

I've not yet seen any Dane bow before the Queen.  They love and 
respect her because she is a smart and accomplished woman who does put 
on airs and was the People's Princess long before Diana. It's a real 
shame that we do not have anyone comparable as head of state.  Hillary 
certainly has the qualifications, but as a political figure she could 
never unify the country as well as a good monarch could. Hence, my 
defense of constituitonal monarchy.

Workers of America, Rise Up. You have nothing to lose except your 

Nick Gier
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kai Eiselein, editor" <editor at lataheagle.com>
Date: Friday, September 7, 2007 1:00 am
Subject: Re: [Vision2020] Lost in a World of Red and Green
To: nickgier at adelphia.net, vision2020 at moscow.com

> Amazing!
> Nick decries the gulf between rich and poor in capitalist 
> societies, yet > touts the gulf between "royal" and serf.
> Frankly, Nick, I'd rather admire someone who became 
> famous/successful by > virtue of hard work, tenacity and smarts 
rather than being the > result of sperm and ovum joining from a tryst 
in the "royal" bedroom.
> To this day, in many countries, how you are percieved is not by 
> who you are or what you've done, but by who your father, 
grandfather, great-
> grandfather were/did. Your chances of success are directly affected 
by your 
> blood lineage.
> Maybe you are comfortable in prostrating yourself to another on 
> the basis of > "blood", as for me, I will bow to no man or woman.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: <nickgier at adelphia.net>
> To: <vision2020 at moscow.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, September 05, 2007 10:50 AM
> Subject: [Vision2020] Lost in a World of Red and Green
> > Greetings:
> >
> > I will be in Denmark and Sweden until Sept. 19, so here are my 
> radio 
> > commentaries on KRFP FM 92.5. I've pre-recorded the last two 
> dealing with 
> > those two countries.
> >
> > I lived in Denmark for four years and this is the first time 
> I've been 
> > back since 1986.  I'm a little chocked up with nostalgia and one 
> of the 
> > things I miss most is living under a queen.
> >
> > "Lost in a World of Red and Green: Colorblind Males as a 
> Neglected 
> > Minority"
> > www.class.uidaho.edu/ngier/ColorBlind.htm.
> >
> > "Here's to Good Royalty: A Defense of Constitutional Monarchy"
> > www.class.uidaho.edu/ngier/monarchy.htm
> >
> > "IKEA: The Progressive Big Box Store from Sweden"
> > www.class.uidaho.edu/ngier/IKEA.htm
> >
> > I will be following the Vision as best I can, depending on 
> internet 
> > connections.
> >
> > Nick Gier, the Palouse Pundit
> >
> >
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