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  •  well, after WW2 people in Europe were disgusted (1+ / 0-)
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    with the aristocracy, especially in Italy, where a lot of the rich supported Mussolini ( not all of them did however ) and so the people asked the landed aristocrats to share some of their land so the people could cultivate it, and the rich said go fuck yourselves. So the people in some cases took them out and shot them, then did real wealth redistribution, passing their stuff out to the locals. In France, Italy, and Greece the communists were within reach of taking over or making serious inroads, but too many of them looked to Stalin as their leader, and ya know, Uncle Joe was more than a little popular at the time,as it was recognized that it was mostly the Soviets that had kicked Hitler's ass. So the Allies ( the Brits and Americans that is ) and local authorities said well oh shit, we better give these folks some reason NOT to support the commies, we better come up with healthcare, education, and a social safety net. Over here, we got the fear of commies but never got the other stuff ( though the fear of the commies probably played a role in tolerating unions, strikes, and the existence of a middle class ). Once the commies were gone in 1989, there was no competing ideology and the Right could claim all leftism was a failure, and began to dismantle our fragile social safety net. The authors of 1992's What Went Wrong recently said they were stunned at how quickly the middle class and its institutions began to fall apart, pointing out that even Sears and JC Penny offered pensions once, and now we have gotten to the point where the only folks who still have pensions are government workers, who are under attack. Chris Christie was quoted today saying he wants to fuck the pensions over even more.

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