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NYT Makes Amends for Piece on Danish Welfare State

Monday, 06 May 2013 04:01

A couple of weeks ago the NYT had a piece offering a dire prognosis about the prospects for the Danish welfare state. I pointed out that this assessment did not fit the data, with Denmark doing considerably better than the United States on most standard economic measures. Nancy Folbre also wrote about Denmark's welfare state in her Economix piece in the NYT last week. Today, the paper has a useful "Room for Debate" segment on the Danish welfare state. It would be great if this sort of exchange came about after every misleading article.

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written by Kat, May 06, 2013 6:59
In the Room for Debate" piece I appreciated Veronika Fuechtner's contribution. She was able to resist the urge to support government programs that foster security for all citizens without noting "this makes them more productive workers!". This is a rarity these days.
But, I understand that is what is needed to sell these quality of life programs in the US. I'm not sure that invoking Stieg Larssen as a prime cultural export bolsters your argument, however. It brings to mind this quote from The Third Man:
In Switzerland they had brotherly love, 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
homogeneous communities do better...
written by pete, May 06, 2013 11:59
There is no secret here. Compare say Iowas education with any state with urban issues. Lily white Montgomery County out performs PG county in the DC area. Do the math. Most of Europe remains rather ethnically and has relatively flat income distribution. U.S. has continued to increase immigration, allowing for significantly higher growth than Europe, while at the same time having a huge income distribution issue relative to Europe.
written by watermelonpunch, May 06, 2013 11:37
@ pete
what exactly are you getting at there?

Some of the most prosperous communities throughout history have been those that embraced, in one way or another, diversity of culture to gain the best of everything.

Your few sentences comment sounds suspiciously like either an argument based on genetic fallacy, or plain bigotry, or I'm not sure what.

I think it's best, when coming out with an argument like this, to definitely clarify & fully articulate your thinking there. ^^
Lily White Montgomery?
written by StJuste, May 07, 2013 11:30
The previous commentator must have been talking about Montgomery, Alabama. Out Montgomery Co., Maryland is hardly even cafe au lait, more like medium dark. Unfortunately Montgomery, Alabama probably has worse educational outcomes than PG.

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