Monday, January 11, 2010

Evolve and Grow or Stagnate and Decay : Learning From Europe - Paul Krugman at the NYTimes.com on Social Democracy, Health and the Economy

One of the keys to life is getting smarter as we go along by learning from others. If we do not learn and evolve, we fall behind, and others pass us. This Darwinian wisdom is omnipresent.

We are not always a fan of Paul Krugman, but he is a learner ... and can help others learn as well, especially in the national discussion in the USA about health care and its relation to the health of the economy, where Europe shows the way it can be done.

Learning From Europe - Paul Krugman at the NYTimes.com
"The real lesson from Europe is actually the opposite of what conservatives claim: Europe is an economic success, and that success shows that social democracy works....

[W]hy do we get such a different picture from many pundits? Because according to the prevailing economic dogma in this country — and I’m talking here about many Democrats as well as essentially all Republicans — European-style social democracy should be an utter disaster.

[W]hat European experience actually demonstrates is [that] social justice and progress can go hand in hand. "
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