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    I am at work, so I can't click on that, but I will just say that the European/American/Canadian/Australian/Japanese model is far superior.

    If we continue with it, we will be on the slow path of betterment for the human race as a whole. If we don't, we could be looking at the modern equivalent of the Dark Ages, because we are drastically outnumbered by people living under tyrannical regimes.
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    It's funny, I was talking with my wife last night about exactly this. I was theorizing that a lot of Bernie Sanders' support comes from a few different factors, one being the idea that no culture is inherently better than another. Although I think this is really a misnomer. One of the things Guns, Germs, and Steel theorizes is that Eurasia had a large advantage that just happened to be an accident of geography, which doesn't make their culture inherently better, but luckier, though you still have to do something with the resources you're given.

    However, this graph is just staggering. Human wealth is essentially a flat line until the 19th century with the industrial revolution, and you can see the wealth created in the US from top to bottom in the wake of classically liberal ideas.


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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine97(Version 2) View Post
    It's funny, I was talking with my wife last night about exactly this. I was theorizing that a lot of Bernie Sanders' support comes from a few different factors, one being the idea that no culture is inherently better than another. Although I think this is really a misnomer. One of the things Guns, Germs, and Steel theorizes is that Eurasia had a large advantage that just happened to be an accident of geography, which doesn't make their culture inherently better, but luckier, though you still have to do something with the resources you're given.

    However, this graph is just staggering. Human wealth is essentially a flat line until the 19th century with the industrial revolution, and you can see the wealth created in the US from top to bottom in the wake of classically liberal ideas.

    Well, we're currently on the path of reversing that. It would be interesting to see that graph in another 200 years after all the classical liberal ideals have been swept away in favor of government mandates and political correctness.
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    Well, we're currently on the path of reversing that. It would be interesting to see that graph in another 200 years after all the classical liberal ideals have been swept away in favor of government mandates and political correctness.
    Look no further than Cato.org screaming about a milestone that should have been celebrated at a global level, yet no one probably heard about it: global poverty, as defined by the World Bank, has shrunk at a rapid rate.

    In 1980, 50% of the globe lived in poverty. At the end of 2015 that fell below 10%. It's not because of central planning; it's because places have abandoned that type of thinking and became part of the global economy.

    Even freaking Bono finally figured out that aid has little effect and the best way to pull people out of poverty is capitalism and trade. "Aid is just a stop-gap. Commerce (and) entrepreneurial capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid. In dealing with poverty here and around the world, welfare and foreign aid are a Band-Aid. Free enterprise is a cure. Entrepreneurship is the most sure way of development."

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