Sanders wants a redistribution of wealth, right? The only way to do that is to massively confiscate the property from the rich to give it to the poor (whether or not the poor will actually get that property).Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz wrote:Can you elaborate on what you mean by that?
It's not just on that. Both Great Leap Forward and the Green New Deal denied mainstream science. Great Leap Forward was based on the pseudoscientific ideas of Lysenkoism, and the Green New Deal is based on the pseudoscientific ideas against nuclear power and that it's somehow possible to get all our energy from the renewable sources.Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz wrote:I think it's a bit of a stretch to compare it to Mao's Great Leap Forward purely on the basis of them both being mass movements to carry out economic change.
Well, not so much. Republican Party is slightly more pro-capitalism, pro-free-trade and against regulation than the Democratic Party is.Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz wrote:Do you believe that the Republican Party is close to the ideology of the Venezuelan regime?
Well, presumably that's because all the rich people who were paying the taxes left Venezuela, right?Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz wrote:I don't see how this shows that Bernie and AOC are closer in ideology to Venezuela than to the Nordic countries as the top personal income tax rate in Venezuela is 34%, which is less than that of Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
Well, that's precisely the point. In Nordic countries, it's easy to open a business. In the US, it's hard, and it will be even harder if AOC or Sanders come to power.Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz wrote:The ways in which there are fewer regulations in the Nordic countries in the United States are in regard to stuff like how easy it is to open a business.
Where are you getting that from? AFAIK, in Nordic countries, the public sector accounts for something around 50% of GDP (in the US, I believe it's around 20%), which has led to the rise of the conservative parties in recent years (along with the immigration "crisis"). In Venezuela, most of the food production, as well as almost all the legal food distribution, is (mis-)managed by the government.Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz wrote:In Venezuela, 29% of the economy is publicly owned, whereas in Denmark it is 31.4% and in Norway it is 37.8%.
I'd also note that the percentage of the economy that's privately owned can be rather misleading. During the Great Irish Famine, there was indeed a lot of "privately" owned land, except the laws didn't allow most of the people to buy enough land to grow anything but potato.
AFAIK, nowhere in the world except in some US states is the minimum wage 15$/hour, yet alone higher.Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz wrote:In European countries such as Britain, France and Germany, however, the minimum wage is much higher.