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  •  Misleading about Dutch and "public" (0+ / 0-)

    Definitions should be made, clearly.

    A must-read is Russell Shorto's recent article in the NY Times on his experience in Holland.

    I have personal/family connections with Holland, England, and France and have experienced their healthcare systems.

    #1 difference between Europe and USA?
       They start with a belief that nobody should fall below a minimum standard of living.

    They never had public opinion manipulated by massive PR campaigns by corporate interests.

    In Holland their self-esteem derives from their continued efforts at social justice. Some comes from deep Christian feelings, some from Progressive-Socialist-Labor idealism, and much comes from their open and honest attitudes towards how to handle differences.

    Our American "winner take all" and our unbridled ambition for stardom and wealth doesn't sit well with most Europeans. They already lived through Feudalism and Monarchy. Now they prefer democracy at all levels.

    Media Reform Action Link

    by LNK on Mon May 11, 2009 at 12:45:08 PM PDT

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