Thursday, February 24, 2011

Is The World Upside Down, In More Ways Than One?

An office colleague pondered:

Even the world's political ideologies are upside down and the wrong way around. The countries that claim they are all about free trade and capitalism, are becoming increasingly somewhat socialist, at least when it comes to welfare of the people. Equal access to education, health care, sponsored by the state; isn't that a socialist utopia?

And here we have Vietnam, an outspokenly Communist state, yet where many things are left for market forces to decide with minimum supervision from the government outside of sensitive areas. Now, wouldn't that be a capitalist utopia?

And of course, we all know the joke that goes, countries with the title 'Democratic Republic' in their official country name, most likely aren't. Ha ha.

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