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 "Not by our choice" you seem singularly unaware of how the world works, or very unwilling to admit it. Obviously, a powerful country would NOT do anything to tamper with other countries economies or politics. Never would the US intervene in Nicaragua (too direct, really), blockade a neighbouring island (unbelievable interventionism), fund political opponents, or anything more devious. This is the kind of things only socialist countries like their famous nemesis, Sweden,...
 The problem being that those who sound so.... is a subject of debate. In my own opinion, the ones who have been calling the others uneducated are the ones who probably would need a bit of research-doing, but it is my opinion, and hence not worth more than yours or theirs. We probably should abstain from using that kind of argument, it doesn't help us progress in our thoughts... whatever we think of the other guys' opinions. Whether or not they're detestable...
From what I understand you can afford it: go and have a look for yourself! It's a nice city to visit :)
Well, it is a group with an obvious and clear agenda. The persons having created it, the people funding it financially, the scientific credentials (or lack thereof), the speakers invited... that paints a clear picture about their reliability. This is not to say they never say anything worthy of being checked, but caution seems to be very much in order. Also, what's with people calling others uneducated and childish today?
Actually, that would be the right-wing practices and flawed ideology that really took hold with Reagan in the early eighties, torpedoing socialist systems in Europe with a quasi-religious fervour and complex financial and political instruments. It also combines with an American "every man for himself" ideology, strongly inspired by Randian thinking.Part of the issue here is that America, an hyper power with both economic, financial, and military force far above most other...
 The amount of debatable in this post is awesomely huge. Why would the economic output of a Greek be lower than that of an American? Are they genetically inferior or something? Or maybe God said so? As the old man's example (see above) shows, the Greek are part of the reason of Germany's current enjoyable success. The tax evasion in Greece is high indeed, but have you looked at the tax evasion rates in the rest of Europe, especially illegal tax evasion (the subject of tax...
It did not work that well in Imperial Rome.Check out Rome's Capitolin Museums currency collection, btw, it's awesome. You'll see how Emperors had very similar problems to ours, even with a currency based on Silver, then Gold.
Yes, I totally concur with your argument here. The complexities of our financial system, our commercial interconnected systems, the industrial and services global economy (or economies...), the ridiculously large "black" economy both in Greece and "healthy (I doubt that)" countries, the elections systems in modern democracies, and all the side effects from these separately complex systems interacting makes the problem as much of a Greek problem as a German or US...
 Socialism works pretty well when it's not messed with by liberals, industrialist, Randians, and free capitalists.The real problem is not socialism versus capitalism, it's the lack of accountability of lesson-givers and high-flyers. Why are the people that enabled Greece's issues not prosecuted, including politicians of France and Germany, US bankers, Greek politicians , etc? Why aren't the people who knowingly made money out of these loans, including US and European...
Operating word being "they". You as a person owe 140k dollars in US debt, where the average Greek only owes 35k. Note that before the Greek government went honest about said debt, it ballooned from 13k. You never signed for this debt, and neither did they. If the US government went honest about their debt and the unbelievable financial system that enables it, the world economy would implode, by the way... People are accountable and responsible for their choices, that's...
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