"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Hell, Belgium has three official languages and Switzerland has four and those two are pretty darned efficient societies.
He who knows the least obeys the best.
The problem with out economy and government is that progressives just love throwing money at every problem and then they worry about how they will pay for that later - well later is now. Of course their only solution is to print more money because they're not educated on economics and their basic brains think "we don't have enough money so we can just print more and pay our debt off that way."
Obviously it's a lot more complicated than that but I just want to be brief.
The problem in the US is that we elect the most "likeable" candidate, not the candidate that has actual solutions but the candidate that promises the most "free ****" and that creates massive economic problems.... Any person can make promises and pretend to be likeable - but those traits don't translate into intelligence or skills....
If you want my opinion - most in the US want something for noting and some politicians are more than willing to "buy their votes."
Our present economy in the US is a direct reflection of everything I just posted.
IMO, the term "Liberal" is so used and abused and has been hijacked.
I'm a "liberal" but a "classical liberal" ...
I just don't know why socialists have to cloak themselves in liberalism - it just gives liberalism a bad name.
In my mind there is no difference between a real conservative (republicans are a different story) and a classical liberal in US politics.
Also, the population of Canada is 30 million compared to the US which has a population of 300 million.
Not to mention we don't have a single payer system.