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Ted180 Post time: 2017-12-17 03:48
The whole Israel-Palestine problem makes me very uncomfortable. On one hand, I admire the Israeli ef ...

And how would you define "Westernize" ?

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dostoevskydr Post time: 2017-12-16 22:29
And how would you define "Westernize" ?

"Westernize" = Democracy, human rights, due process, separation of religion from state, multiracialism, appropriate blend of socialism and capitalism, scientific and rational orientation, efficiency, orderliness. Basically the way the Scandinavians live.
My problem is simple: I just know better than everyone-else!

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This post was edited by Ted180 at 2017-12-17 13:12

To clarify: I owe no loyalty to any race (including the "white" race). The "Western values" I describe happened to develop first in Europe due to a number of fortunate circumstances. These include: 1. A cold-enough climate to force habits of saving food and building sturdy shelters.
2. The splintering of the Catholic Church's dictatorial authority during the 1500's. 3. The formation of small independent states that permitted different innovations. 4. The development of large ocean-going fleets for trade and conquest. 5. Industrialization. 6. The support of education of the masses by state taxation.
     That the white races developed a brutal colonialization which was contrary to the basic ideals of the West is no argument against these ideals. That whites continue to fall short of these ideals (Trump, Hitler, Stalin etc) is no argument. People who are NOT white (Gandhi, Mandela) have been some of the BEST supporters of these "Western Ideals".
      Each society will follow it's own path to these ideals. The path will not be a slavish copy of Europe or America. Thus, Japan has achieved a solid "Western" society (partly forced upon it by the USA). The Republic of Korea, Taiwan and Singapore are well on their way. China and India will find their own ways. But the desireable end result is much like the Scandinavian model.
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Who's desired end result? I, for one, am not interested in the "Scandinavian Model"...While I'll admit that the Danish, for example, are ahead of the Americans, for example, in terms of equality between the sexes, and the people are nice, but they are also automatons. There is more life in the USA, which would explain why it's more popular.

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seneca Post time: 2017-12-19 05:42
The U.S.A. is "more popular" than Dernmark/ You hage an exotic person's beliefs, almost a Chinese  ...

re:   But if people knew the sobering reality they would no doubt consider Scandinavia far, far ahead of the U.S.A. in social development, economics and environmental protection.  

Thank you, many people will be most grateful to you for opening their eyes.

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