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1776Forever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:19 PM
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Froomkin: Occupy Right Again: U.S. Near Bottom In New Social Justice Index
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 02:20 PM by 1776Forever
Wow - You cannot deny this is atrocious:



Occupy Right Again: U.S. Near Bottom In New Social Justice Index
Dan Froomkin - Huffington Post
First Posted: 10/27/11 01:43 PM ET

WASHINGTON -- A central concern for those in the Occupy movement -- that the economic system in the U.S. is rigged in favor of the well-off -- has been corroborated by a major new survey of developed nations.

When it comes to social justice -- defined here as the ability each individual has to participate in the market society, regardless of their social status -- the United States ranks near the bottom of 31 developed countries, the Thursday report from the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) found.

It's one thing if you live in a market economy where everyone has the same shot at success. It's quite another if fortune favors the fortunate. And the OECD survey found that when it comes to "equal opportunities for self-realization," the U.S. ranks 27 out of 31 member states, well behind not just Northern European countries like Norway and Denmark, but even countries like Hungary, Poland, Italy and France. The only countries whose citizens fare even worse are Greece, Chile, Mexico and Turkey.

(more at link)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/social-justice...
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PufPuf23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:32 PM
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1. kr nt
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firehorse Donating Member (547 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:38 PM
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2. validating that the american dream is just that.... a dream, a fantasy. System rigged.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:39 PM
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3. Nobody funnels its treasury into overstuffed pockets like the USA
I'm guessing that the reason we look so relatively good is because of the intermittent functioning of our Constitution to protect some of our rights every now and then.
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riderinthestorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:39 PM
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4. We're #1!! We're #1!! We're #!!!!
Oh wait....
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1776Forever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:41 PM
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6. Yep - We're #27 doesn't sound good at all does it? Shameful isn't it? n/t
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:41 PM
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5. USA! USA! We r so awsum! eom
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county worker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:42 PM
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7. Wow! Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands.
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 02:51 PM by county worker
Why are they so much more just than we are? They all are in the same part of the world. They have more liberal attitudes toward societal norms too.

Maybe it is because of "American Exceptualism!"
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riderinthestorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:43 PM
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8. Socialism my friend. Socialism. nt
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1776Forever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:44 PM
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9. Canada isn't too shabby either eh? n/t
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quinnox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:47 PM
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10. But we can kick all their asses!
Our military is our pride and joy, and we can nuke the planet if we wanted, we are just that awesome!

(sarcasm - and what a typical right wing asshole would say)
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