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  •  Excellent comment. (10+ / 0-)

    I was thinking exactly what you wrote.

    It's beyond unfortunate that some see this as "bashing" on America when the opposite is in play.

    Simply put, we want America to be better. Improve upon what makes this country so wonderful, and do away with those elements that hinder our progress, together with backwards thinking.

    So often it seems, leaders are afraid to mention our short falls in the fear that they be labeled un-American. That includes wanting to implement processes and ideas from other nations.

    Implementing and learning new ideas is progress which we can all celebrate. Or, we can shut ourselves off to this thinking and regress.

    "We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." Louis Brandeis

    by wxorknot on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 08:11:59 AM PST

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    •  I agree with both of you (3+ / 0-)
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      and hopefully we can create more progress in the US.  But let's not forget the demographics and geography that help (and force sometimes) Iceland to do these kinds of things.

      For example, the metro area I live in is 30 X the population of the entire country of Iceland.

      The US has a different set of strengths/weaknesses to start with that shape feasibility of different solutions.

      Another example: Iceland benefits from some of the cheapest electricity in the world AND it is mostly based on renewable sources.  Although in the past they have been forced to be self reliant for electricity, ironically they are now at the point where technology may enable them to export some of their power.

      I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

      by Satya1 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:34:17 AM PST

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      •  Absolutely agree - (7+ / 0-)

        The unique makeup of the US (its vast size and its division into states which so often have their own unique culture and practice) and it's wide variety of geographical climes and regions make any "one-size-fits-all" implication of my comment ridiculous.

        But that's the point - we have myriad unique problems (as a nation as a whole, and as individual states and regions) - which means we should be looking all over the world at a wide selection of out-of-the-box solutions, then considering whether or not they could be applied here.

        Lately there seems to be a recurring cry on the right of "We don't want to go the way of Europe!" (referencing both socialism, the late financial meltdown and the current austerity issues).  (Read Greg Palast to learn what the world corporate culture did to create that meltdown - it wasn't single payer healthcare that caused it!)

        The truth of the matter is, there's a lot about Europe that works better than what we have here - and could possibly work here.   The myth of American exceptionalism says "No, we ALWAYS do it better."

        "The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion." - Bodhidharma

        by hopesprings on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:51:34 AM PST

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    •  "We want America to be better" -- YES! (3+ / 0-)
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      There are things listed here that America should absolutely borrow steal imitate try for itself.

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