Uncle Milton is an upper middle class bourgeois White worker who has a strong anti-worker, pro-boss and pro-corporate attitude and champions radical neoliberal economics. And I don’t even think he works in management. Go figure. But he’s a pretty typical upper middle class White collar office worker in the US.
In this comment, he goes on and on try to say that our list of 13 wealthiest countries, of which 12 are strong social democracies, are not really socialist systems. He rules out a number of them as being “dependent on international finance” which means somehow that they are not social democracies (?).
He also rules out Ireland, Sweden and Norway for some bizarre reason. He rules out Qatar and and UAE since they are not democracies and since they abuse their guest workers. According to him, that leaves only 3 “real” social democracies on the list.
First of all, I use social democracy as a code for socialism, which in this case, is simply code for an extensive welfare state, an activist government with high social spending that cares for its citizens and tries to provide a very good life for them. It means you have an extensive safety nets, social welfare programs, high levels of state social spending, etc.
From what I can tell, UAE and Qatar treat their citizens very well in terms of social welfare programs, a safety net, state social spending, etc. It must be very nice to be an actual citizen of Qatar or UAE.
Sure, they treat their immigrant labor like shit, but those aren’t citizens. The US doesn’t even treat its own citizens right! The Gulf states beat us by a mile in that regard.
Every single country on that list is a good socialist state in terms of treating its citizens very, very well. They have extensive safety nets, strong social welfare programs and high levels of state social spending.
All except the US. The US shits right on top of its very own citizens, and its citizens love it that way. The US government spits in the face of its own people, and the American people, supplicant submissive masochistic sluts that they are, love it and grovel for me.
And Uncle Milton cheers this on.