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  •  And here I go bringing race into it again - (14+ / 0-)

    in the comment section to the Kristoff piece, a reader talks about Switzerland and how it's high taxes are accepted as the price and benefits of citizenship - great schools and infrastructure, clean environment, etc.  I couldn't help but think that in a homogeneous society, people are more willing to spread the wealth and resources of the society.  Here in the US, diversity is both a blessing and curse.  People here do not necessarily want to spread the benefits to those who look different than they do.  I believe this to be at the root of many of our issues of inequality.

    •  no other reason (7+ / 0-)

      Racism is the Southern strategy--without which the Republicans would need to be sane.

      Apres Bush, le deluge.

      by melvynny on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 07:39:09 AM PST

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    •  Switzerland isn't that homogeneous (6+ / 0-)

      The Helvetic Confederation has multiple official languages, reflecting its population.  A majority speaks German.  Many in the west (the Geneva area) speak French.  In the southern Alps, Italian is spoken.  And a few villages speak their own language, Romansch.  The country is a crossroads of international commerce and they respect foreigners.  So everybody speaks multiple languages, often including English.

      Now when you leave the Geneva airport in the other direction (it straddles the French border), you speak French or else...

    •  Greed, selfishness, racism. (4+ / 0-)

      The GOP gravitational force a.k.a and disguised by the deceptive moniker 'conservatism'.

      The bottom line strategy: We have to make people embarrassed to be associated with the modern Republican Party and conservatism in general.

      They did it effectively to the Democratic Party by giving liberalism a bad reputation and making people embarrassed to call themselves liberal for the past 30 years and compatitively speaking, since they've had their way, they've managed to completely wreck the country.

      Now it's our turn and we have plenty of factual examples of how the republicans hiding behind the conservative cloak have failed miserably to the point of putting us all in danger on mutliple fronts.

      They've corrupted government so as to drive billions and billions of dollars into their own pockets while at the same time cut taxes on themselves and tried everything they could to divert what money the government could scrounge from going to help the poorest among us becuase of their complexion.

      We have to coldly recognize their motivations and call them on it each and every time.

      Vote Tea Party Taliban! Bring the Burqa to America.

      by Pescadero Bill on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 09:58:26 AM PST

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    •  Regardless, a society can stratify even if (0+ / 0-)

      everybody is of the same race.  For example, England pre-industrial.

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