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What country is really the best for the individual?

  1. Nov 26, 2003 #1

    Kerrie

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    i see a lot of topics posted about what is wrong with countries around our globe, but which country is the best in your opinion? and why politically? where would you live if you could choose? for me, i would go to canada...
     
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    Canada rocks!! It is like America's nicer little brother.
     
  4. Nov 26, 2003 #3

    Njorl

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    Well, Brunei is nice for the individual, if you happen to be Sultan.

    Seriously. While many might not like to hear it, most of the industrialized, modern democratic states are good enough. In Western Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and probably even South Korea now, you have enough freedom and opportunity to make a good life.

    For me personally, I think the USA is the right place. I wish I had the chance to experience life in other countries though, not just travel, live and work etc.

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  5. Nov 26, 2003 #4
    No, that's probably the truth...western Europe, the U.S. and Canada, and Japan all have basically workable governments. It may just be a matter of personal preference, like choosing a favorite color.
     
  6. Nov 26, 2003 #5

    Monique

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    Norway came out from a survey as number one.
     
  7. Nov 26, 2003 #6

    Monique

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    The Netherlands has the best healthy care/ social security system.
     
  8. Nov 26, 2003 #7

    adrenaline

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    As a woman, Japan isn't exactly the most egalitrian society. :wink: I vote for New Zealand. At least a woman there can be elected to the highest office in the country (helen clark). This hasn't happened in America. This comes from a raging feminist.
     
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  9. Nov 26, 2003 #8

    Nereid

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    Freedom to choose

    Surely any one of the EU countries? That way you have the freedom to live and work in any of the 15, soon to be 25, then 27, ... Summer in Finland, winter in Greece, skiing in the Alps, siestas in Spain, ...
     
  10. Nov 27, 2003 #9

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    and amsterdam has its own advantages :wink:
     
  11. Nov 27, 2003 #10
    I'd have to say that I like the US best, and yet there is so much I hate too. I really feel this country is going downhill, I kinda have a flashback to a History Channel series I saw about the Romans...thought it really isn't that bad, yet.
     
  12. Nov 27, 2003 #11

    Monique

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    You really can't say which one you like best, or have you lived in a handfull of other countries?
     
  13. Nov 28, 2003 #12

    Kerrie

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    new zealand would be an excellent place i agree (as a woman too ;) )
     
  14. Nov 28, 2003 #13

    Njorl

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    I continue to be surprised at the places that elect woman as leaders before the US even puts one up as a significant candidate - England, Israel, India, Nicaragua, Phillipines and Pakistan just off the top of my head.

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  15. Nov 28, 2003 #14

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    Might be the difference between the parliamentary system and the US tripartite one. In the former, the leader is selected by the victorious party, e.g. Mrs. Thatcher by the Conservatives. In the latter, the candidates have to endure an election by the voters. One might expect that the party elites would be more liberal than the public at large.
     
  16. Nov 28, 2003 #15
    Monique: No, I have barely been outside the US. However, one needn't leave to know that most other places are crappy (my opinion, notice 'most', not 'all'). Here's what I think: I've heard hardly one good thing about Africa, Asia, or Central/South America so they're out. Europe and Canada have too many free range socialists for my taste, so they're out (don't know about England though, I do like their accents ). So I'm left with the US, maybe England, and the yet to exist Jonsylvania in Antartica, but I really don't like the cold or the 6 months of night.
     
  17. Nov 29, 2003 #16

    Nereid

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    Do they have guns there?

    Jonathan, how could you forget Bush's loyal supporter, John Howard (the PM of Australia)??

    It's a huge country (as big as continental US), with great beer (and wine too, but don't tell your mates in the Napa valley), fantastic cuisine (all those immigrants, just like the US), ... only trouble is, you can't legally own an M16, an AK47, or any other firearm of your choice, except if you are a 'farmer' and need such a thing for 'vermin control'.:wink:

    The Aussies have their own sense of humour, not quite as witty as the Poms, but certainly far preferable to the slapstick variety so common on TV in your hometown.

    BTW, what is a 'free range socialist'?
     
  18. Nov 29, 2003 #17
    You limit yourself by your biases, dude!

    Asia can be fun, if you have the cash, some parts of Africa are gorgeous, and South America has the best beaches besides Australia.
     
  19. Nov 29, 2003 #18
    I guess Australia didn't come to mind, they seem so like the US, but I'm not sure, I never hear about them.
    That was a joke. Heard of 'free range chickens'? They're not cooped up, ie they allow the socialists out into the streets to interact with the normal people. But in the cases I mentioned, I'm pretty sure that the 'normal' people have a high percentage, possibly a majority, among them that are socialist, which almost makes an oxymoron.
     
  20. Nov 29, 2003 #19
    Ummm...you should look around...very few people buy into the very narrow-minded neoconservative values that you seem to endorse.
     
  21. Nov 29, 2003 #20
    It was a joke,oh brilliant Zero, who is my guiding light in the darkness of my fundamentalist nonsense. BTW, look around no one here is antireligion, though there are a few atheists, that's not the same, it's just you.
    I am not the religious fundamentalist you make me out to be (which is based on nothing, since you don't know me), esp. given the number of times I've posted in the 'masterbating' thread.
     
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