suzzie76 wrote:Margaret Thatcher said it best, the problem with socialism/communism is that eventually you run out of other peoples money. In every country in the world that was once and still ruled under this ideology this has been proven to be true. Nearly all socialist/communist countries had financial collapse as the pre-cursor to their conversion to democracy. Putin carries on about the grand old days of USSR, but in the 90's it was the country's that they had nuclear weapons pointed at that were basically feeding them. His stupidity continues by aligning himself with some of the least industrialized countries in Asia, hence his need for Ukraine.
Nth Korea hasn't been communist country in decades and no longer refers to this. Its a hereditary dictatorship. If the world would stop pandering to this basket case, it would implode and Kim's head would be on a stick, but no we give the country aid via the govt so it makes him look good amongst the eyes of his people. The country is now so backward that Sth Korea quietly has little interest in unification. They saw what happened to Germany and Eastern Germany wasn't anywhere near as bad as Nth Korea.
Cuba's problem wasn't the US blockade, there are over 200 sovereign countries in the world, only USA blockaded it. The issue for them is being so close to the USA they missed out on billions of income from tourism. Castro did well in health and education, but only while he was propped up by the USSR. As soon as that stopped so did his welfare programs and they progressively feel away. He also generated income from providing health care to South America, so again relied on income from non socialist countries.
Democracy has its issues, hence why a more social form of democracy seems to be the best overall and this includes countries that provide reasonable safety net health care and equal govt education standards that are not based on local incomes. But there are limits to both for which Greece and other EU countries have learnt the hard less. Cannot spend more than you earn.
The trouble with a free market economy is unbridled greed.
Some people are not happy to make a reasonable profit. Some people are driven by never being satisfied with a reasonable profit.
Health care costs spiral because drug companies want to make unreasonable profits.
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
You can’t have life, if you cannot afford the cost of drugs needed to sustain life.
Any form of government can work, if it is not perverted by those who want more than their fair share.