Google Street View captures bodies in the street of Brazil | Mail OnlineBrazil, the first South American country to be recorded for Street View, is notorious for its drug-related street violence and in 2007 - the most recent statistics available from the United Nations - there were 48,000 murders.
In 2010 the U.N. published a report into violent deaths in Brazil by an independent expert.
The document from Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, stated: 'When I visited the country two and a half years ago, I found that the police executed suspected criminals and innocent citizens during poorly planned and counter-productive war-style operations into favelas [shanty towns].
We have a massive wealth disparity here, why are we not more left?The reason that South America tends to be left-wing is very simple: the HUGE amount of wealth disparity that exists there. Especially in Brazil, where you have glamorous gated mansions just a few blocks away from terrifying favelas with open sewers and no electricity.
It's not as stark as it is in many South American countries, I grant you, but it's still a fairly large gulf.
See my last post
Because it's not as stark as it is in many South American countries. And the overall level of wealth is higher.Originally Posted by Hoplite
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Besides, when foreign-backed death squads mow down half your town, you tend to remember that for a while.
It's still an inescapable fact of life here.Because it's not as stark as it is in many South American countries.
Yes, but our wealth doesnt get us much more stability.And the overall level of wealth is higher.
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But actually providing education, police services and a minimal level of health care, to actually allow for people to become educated productive member of society. Something Brazil in the past has not done, but has been doing lately and is seeing good results from that program
Conservatives believe the government is incompetent, and seek to elect people who will prove it
Ignorance is Bliss Bliss is the same as happiness US Christian conservatives are the happiest in the US according to studies Do you see a connection?
If a family, were to be bankrupted by say, an injury to their child. And that would only cost the state maybe $2000 to fix. But because you let that family become bankrupt because their incurance dropped them for an abritrary reason or they couldn't qualify in the first place. That family is not completely economically defunct. There's a chance they could get up off their feat, but dad slips into alcoholism, maybe the kid gets taken away.... whatever.
So now instead, you've just completely lost a life long, economically productive family. At $2000 you could have payed their medical bill. And over their lifetime they'd pay it back 50 fold.
Basically, you're creating a system that tells people, "don't worry, we'll reward your failures". When more and more people believe that, more and more people will find themselves living off the government, because they were too lazy, or too stupid to make it on their own, to begin with.