Dear Rob. People like you are the problem with America
I actually spent time writing an insightful comment on the post called “Dear Bernie. I’m sorry I am the problem with America”. When I hit comment I scrolled to see where my comments was in the big pile of others, but couldn’t find it. I refreshed the page, only to see the 410 error “The author removed this post”. So, this is for you Rob.
“Writing to you from Norway.
Equality is a big thing here in Europe, that is one of the reasons I have the opportunity to start businesses, at the age of 20, with no debt what so ever. Anyone can get funded from Innovation Norway which is funded by the government. The amazing thing is that if I where to fail, I wouldn’t even have to pay it back.
I also get my college tuition for free, that is get it for free only if I pass all my exams. That means that I do not have to work two jobs while being a student, I can actually focus my time on being a fucking student.
Norway is maybe one of the countries where the law of Jante is most prevalent, but honestly, that seems to be something that the older generation cares more about than mine. We do things because we want to, not because we have to. Because we can.
Worst case, if I lose my job, get sick or for some other reason are not able to make a living for myself, I’ll end up on social security, which is good enough for me to be able to live a decent life.
I believe that the way the economic system in America works is completely backwards, and it’s unethical. And some of you are actually defending it! I know that Bernie has talked about looking to the Scandinavian countries for inspiration, and he has good reasons to do that.
” …almost a quarter of American start-ups are not founded on brilliant new ideas, but on the desperation of men or women who can’t get a decent job. The majority of all American enterprises are solo ventures having zero payrolls, employing no one but the entrepreneur, and often quickly wasting away. Sanders said that he was all for small business too, but that meant nothing “if all of the new income and wealth is going to the top 1 percent.” (As George Carlin said, “The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it.”)”
“ In the United States, full-time salaried workers supposedly laboring 40 hours a week actually average 49, with almost 20 percent clocking more than 60. Norwegians, on the other hand, worked only about 37 hours a week, when they weren’t away on long paid vacations.”
So while you may be proud of having worked hard to earn your living, it does not have to be that way.