Wow Ronson you must be the DNC's poster boy, you actually think that universal health care and more government programs will keep people from killing each other??
Switzerland has a good sense of community because the parents instill it in their kids. Its the PEOPLE not the government! (do you live in red China?? your touching on some spooky territory with that “social responsibilities” talk.)
“no thanks” on that one, I will keep my money if its all the same, raise my kids right, and pay someone green cash to patch up MY bullet holes.
That's the problem right there. Social Responsibility enriches your life directly. If everyone had a sense of community, you're kids could play safely in their neighborhood. If you hit hard times, the community would be there to get you on your feet.
But instead of teaching anything even approaching our responsibilities to other people, we isolate ourselves into smaller and smaller groups and hold those outside of these groups as the enemy.
And this is by design. By emphasizing the idea that we have to fight eachother for whatever scraps we can get, we create the perfect dynamic for a consumerist economy.
And a consumerist economy is bound to have a high crime rate. If everything in the society - educational systems, entertainment industry and politicians - espouse the idea that a successful life is only possible when you own the most stuff or rule over the most people, those at the bottom who feel helpless working within the system will start to work around it.
When you say “your money”, is that your money less the amount that the government needs to supply a working infrastructure? Or do you want to take responsibility for the roads you take to work, or the water your children drink?
When you say “raised right”, do you mean make them perfect consumers, ever with their hands out for the best gadgets and trendy clothes? Do you mean to have them lack any interest in the people around them? For if you spend your time worrying about “your money” and “your property” and worrying about the other, those are the kids you'll have.
And it isn't the government OR the people. The government IS the people. Or it should be. After all, that's what a democracy is supposed to be all about. A democratic government is a reflection of its citizens. If you hate your government, you should be trying to change it.
But I understand why you won't accept that. That's what our society has told us for decades. And why is that? To lower voter turnout to give special interests more power. To strengthen the feeling of helplessness so we'll reach for the new technology, or the new food product. We have all been told for so long that the government doesn't care about us that it has become absolutely true…because government reflects our values.
Tell the Swiss that they don't control their government, or that they're government doesn't work. I think you'd be surprised by their response.
I'll leave foreign healthcare analysis to others. I will say that you are using straw men arguments. Socialized medicine is quite different from your perceptions. I recommend you look into it.
But even a healthcare system that only pays for regular checkups and the barest minimum of prescriptions would be a savings boon to the U.S.A. Right now, taxpayers are footing the bill for impoverished people who wait until they absolutely have to go to the Emergency Room.
But when you worry about “your money”, you become very irrational because the millions of emergency room visits are hidden in our budget, but a rational minimalist healthcare system (which would cost less) would be much more obvious in the budget and would be easy for a manipulative ideology to convice those who already feel they aren't part of society that they were getting their pocket picked.