Is Denmark an Example of Great Socialist Success? No, Not Really…By Capitalist in Chief
The following is a comment originally posted in response to this article about Denmark, a country often cited as a paragon of socialist success. It makes excellent points, and therefore deserves a blog post all it’s own. Many thanks to the author.
I’d like to weigh in on a few points… First of all, I am an immigrant ACTUALLY living in Denmark and there is quite a bit those on the other side of the world will actually never know until they live here.
- The “happiness” argument…if you ask any Dane on the street he will tell you he is happy. Happiness is subjective and fleeting for all human beings. However, their perception of reality is a bit off centered. The average Dane walks around like a deer in headlights, mentally-checked out, completely oblivious to preventing certain accidents, walking into people, and having no concept of personal space. They live a simple, small life equivalent to rural or town, off the beaten path living. Happiness is derived from simply knowing their Dankort will work, the weekend will arrive, sex is easy to obtain (but why is it so difficult to wear condoms, boys?), and they will have money to maintain their metrosexual look. It is equally so with the women who maintain bottled blonde coloring. Happiness is easiest for those who ask for nothing of life but this. If you have no goals, no hopes, or ambitions, you fit right in with Jante’s Law.
-Denmark is no stranger to exploiting foreign workers. If you find places under construction in Copenhagen and speak to the workers, you’d be surprised to learn many have no certificates for construction and do not speak Danish.
-Denmark still claims not to be socialist but it is fine. A small percent is rich, and I mean very rich. But the majority of them are middle-class with “working class” mentalities. Their education is free and mediocre and does not guarantee one a job in Denmark. They are not an imaginative, avante-garde, purposeful, people. They are successful in terms of Scandinavian culture, but the individual Dane lives a mediocre existence. What makes them successful is that there country, economy, or currency hasn’t been tested, but if it is, or should ever admire too much the democratic way, the sheep of Denmark will perish. Their society is not set up for change. This is evident in how nationals and foreigners ignore each other. They are collectivist maintainers by nature, not innovators. I guess if it is fine to go through life and not make any real achievements and not be motivated to. Oh, but hey! Where are you getting wasted Friday night?
- As for immigration, they have opened their doors to darker skin foreigners, which they show their “tolerance” by ignoring and speaking derogatorily in Danish about. This is how they show they are peaceful, they won’t hit you but they will condescend you. It is awful to be a muslim here, because in Denmark, it is *socially acceptable* to publicly hate Muslims or people from the east. They simply label foreigners as, and I quote by many, “Stupid immigrants who are too dumb to learn the Danish way.” They think foreigners are robbing their system when many are not even eligible for benefits excluding healthcare. They blame crime and the depletion of welfare on immigrants, whom must have citizenship/permanent residency in order to reap any of the benefits many of the Danes receive, even though they are out of, and/or refuse to work. Danes are blatantly intolerant, but it is considered bad taste to admit it. And unless you know them, they definitely won’t admit to it publicly.
– Strangely they live, as if oxygen for the brain, to compare Denmark to the US, and with Europeans, the UK. It is the worst display of envy ever. They don’t bother to research how US government is set up, only to compare their iddy biddy city nation to a monstrous sized nation. The reason the US is a superpower is because of capitalism, its military, GNP, GDP, and the strength its multicultural nation contributes. Denmark has specks of other nationalities, but cannot be considered cosmopolitan in this decade. They do not have the mentality for it.
-They are financially thriving above the UK and US––NOW, only because these two are in a recession, which the US has proven its ability to bounce back like no other nation and the UK, well, will take a bit of time. They lose their “educated” to other countries, which many of them must take a standard of living reduction, in order to survive in those other countries. If you are not used to competing in the workforce, earning your wealth out of skill, talent, or being better than the next man, how will they survive when there is no handout and hundreds who are better educated and more talented with cultural experience who apply for the same job? What was your GPA? And how does your university rank with the top in the world? In Europe? What are your conversational skills? How will you treat clients who are from different cultures? Who are Muslims or from the Middle East? If you dislike the US so much, why are you here asking us for a job? And blah, blah, blah,
I don’t mind the Danes at all. I just think the idea of success is subjective, and what it measurable needs to be measured equally and properly compared. Denmark needs to stop envying the US because they will never be the US…if nothing more than just not producing world leaders of industry. However, as long as their mentalities stay confined to this tiny glacier and doesn’t infect the rest world, all will be just fine.