Sunday, March 08, 2009

Good Company

I feel a little less nutty and besieged now that I'm in the good company of Mark Steyn and his National Review cover story pointing out the rapid socialization of the US.

Natl Rev march23 cover

From Steyn's "Prime Minister Obama" in the March 23 NR:
Most Americans don’t yet grasp the scale of the Obama project. The naysayers complain, Oh, it’s another Jimmy Carter, or It’s the new New Deal, or It’s LBJ’s Great Society applied to health care. You should be so lucky. Forget these parochial nickel’n’dime comparisons. It’s all those multiplied a gazillionfold and nuclearized — or Europeanized, which is less dramatic but ultimately more lethal. For a distressing number of American liberals, the natural condition of an advanced, progressive Western democracy is Scandinavia, and the U.S. has just been taking a wee bit longer to get there. [...] Anyway, under the Swedish model, state spending accounts for 54 percent of GDP. In the U.S., it’s about 40 percent. Ten years ago, it was 34 percent. So we’re trending Stockholmwards.

And why stop there? In Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales, government spending accounts for between 72 and 78 percent of the economy, which is about the best a “free” society can hope to attain this side of complete Sovietization. Fortunately for what’s left of America’s private sector, “the Welsh model” doesn’t have quite the same beguiling euphony as “the Swedish model.” Even so, if Scandinavia really is the natural condition of an advanced democracy, then we’re all doomed. And by “doomed” I’m not merely making the usual overheated rhetorical flourish in an attempt to persuade you to stick through the rather dry statistics in the next paragraph, but projecting total societal collapse and global conflagration, and all sooner than you think.
Steyn goes on to cite rather depressing statistics about unemployment, fertility, and worker/retiree ratios.

And if there was any doubt that Europe is "socialist" with all the mocking scare-quotes often associated with that accusation, let's see who's in the Socialist International?

The Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands, known better in the Anglosphere as the SPD, with its bright red logo -- the sign of a left leaning parties everywhere save the US post November of 2000.
SPD

And the UK's Labour Party, also sporting a red logo.
Labour

And France's Parti Socialiste, party of Ségolène Royal, and the major opposition to Sarkozy, having... you guessed it... a red logo:
Parti Socialiste

Member parties of the Socialist International are either in power or are part of a ruling coalition in the following states: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovena, Hungary, Iceland, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, and a number of other less impressive nations around the world.

1 comment:

Samay said...

The red rose, symbolizing the democratic, within-the-system approach of the socialists (not communists), is also a major clue that the parties are unabashed socialists, or at least Labor and the SPD used to be.

So a decent part of the European population see themselves as socialist? But how have their policies really translated into a more oppressive (or even more anti-business) regime?

Look at smoking - "socialist" france has the least restrictive policies, while "conservative" ireland and spain have much more restrictive rules, not to mention the United States.