Numbers Game?

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    Does it make sense to you to pursue, as a society, policies that benefit the greatest numbers of people?
     
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    In general? That depends. As a practice? No way.

    It would guarantee oppression of minority groups.

    And, our Founding Fathers were brilliant in foreseeing that.
     
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    :lol::lol::lol::lol:

    The "founding fathers" owned slaves.
     
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    And, your point?
     
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    The happiest place on earth is socialist....

    For the past decade, social scientists and pollsters have given elaborate questionnaires to hundreds of thousands of people around the globe. Two of the largest studies that rank the happiness of countries around the world are the World Map of Happiness from the University of Leiscester and the World Database of Happiness from Ruut Veenhoven of Erasmus University Rotterdam. All the happiness surveys ask people basically the same question: How happy are you?


    "The answer you get is not only how they feel right now, but also how they feel about their entire life," explained Dan Buettner, who has studied happiness and longevity around the world through his Blue Zones project Buettner said that if you mine all the databases of universities and research centers, you'll find that the happiest place on earth is ? Denmark. Cold, dreary, unspectacular Denmark.

    Could the Danes really be the happiest people in the world? When ABC News anchor Bill Weir traveled there to find out, he asked random Danes to rate themselves in terms of happiness, on a scale of one to 10. Many people rated themselves at least an eight, and there were several nines and 10s. Finally, one grouchy Dane came along who said she didn't believe Danes were so happy. But then she quickly conceded that she herself felt rather content with her life, and said Danes in general had very little to complain about.
    Danes do have one potential complaint: high taxes. The happiest people in the world pay some of the highest taxes in the world -- between 50 percent and 70 percent of their incomes. In exchange, the government covers all health care and education, and spends more on children and the elderly than any country in the world per capita. With just 5.5 million people, the system is efficient, and people feel "tryghed" -- the Danish word for "tucked in" -- like a snug child.
    Those high taxes have another effect. Since a banker can end up taking home as much money as an artist, people don't chose careers based on income or status. "They have this thing called 'Jante-lov,' which essentially says, 'You're no better then anybody else,'" said Buettner. "A garbage man can live in a middle-class neighborhood and hold his head high."

    Denmark: The Happiest Place on Earth - ABC News
     
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    Jesus H. Kraist.

    :rolleyes:
     
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    As a society, of course. As a nation - only within carefully proscribed limits.
     
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    So why do so few control such a high percentage of your planets resources?
     
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    I'm not sure what that has to do with what I said.

    I'm talking about the tyranny of the majority.

    Perhaps you could connect the dots between what I said, and what you are asking.
     
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    So with regards to national direction, who gets special treatment, and why them? :dunno:
     

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