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  •  Workers trapped in nation states that are not (2+ / 0-)
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    gjohnsit, Words In Action

    theirs. Trapped because they can't afford a nation state.
    The nation state serves those who can afford to purchase
    its services. Workers are a product of the nation state. To be competitive in the global market a nation state needs workers who are paid the least and are the most compliant. To "win" the nation must race us to the bottom.

    -4.38, -7.64 Voyager 1: proof that what goes up never comes down.

    by pat bunny on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 05:35:45 PM PST

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    •  to win (0+ / 0-)

      We need the most educated work force in the world.  

      In a free trade world, gains go to the clever.  

      Why do you think Norway's GDP/per capita  is $99k + a year versus $49k for us?

      It is not their redistribution policies that drive the train (although they help) , it is the fact that they can afford them.  A nation of 4 million simply cannot live off its domestic demand and be wealthy-it must do clever things for others through trade.  

      We have a mini Norway in the US-Minneapolis.  Why is it so rich?  (it has 400 plus corporate headquarters)

      Hmm, they work and their schools are excellent, just like Norway   They might be on to something there.  

      It must be nice,  Prince still lives there and it is cold.

      •  Education is only part of the solution (2+ / 0-)
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        pat bunny, NoMoreLies

        When America had the largest middle class in the world they had millions of good-paying jobs that didn't require college degrees.

          An economy always needs to be educated, but its impossible for everyone to be in the top 10% of their class.

        None are so hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free. The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds by masters who rule them with lies. -Johann von Goethe

        by gjohnsit on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 06:01:11 PM PST

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      •  Education requires a lot of investment. (1+ / 0-)
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        A nation needs to value education before it will invest in education. Right now, our redistribution policies favor what the nation values most. Weapons industries, resource extraction, big box retail, multinational corporations, global financial institutions. This is what we invest in.
        Norway values clever, educated citizens who can make gains in a free trade world. It's not they that can afford them. It's that Norway chooses to invest in the education of its citizens. They value an educated population.

        -4.38, -7.64 Voyager 1: proof that what goes up never comes down.

        by pat bunny on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 06:55:22 PM PST

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