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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 484 - Luck Versus Hard Work.

Social Welfare State-

Some interesting numbers:

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If you ask Americans whether the poor are lazy, 60 percent say yes. If you ask Europeans, only 26 percent say yes.

Consider now a striking pattern that is visible in the chart. The authors found that large welfare states emerge in countries where citizens generally believe that luck determines income. If bad behavior (or laziness) is viewed as a source of poverty, then the welfare state is small. America has avoided the fate of Europe because its citizens disproportionately believe that luck is not that important a determinant of one's circumstances, but hard work is.

American exceptionalism. It's why we're so misunderstood by European diplomats and why we're the greatest nation on earth.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Tax Freedom Day.

Posted by Will Franklin · 3 April 2008 10:13 AM

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Remember that most Euro countires still have a strong memory of the aristocracy. Luck did for most of its history determine wealth.

I think that may be why Marx never really caught on in the US. His analysis just didn't ring true here. It was written for the status-driven Euro culture. To Euros Marx just seems to make more sense, he reflected Euro realities.

Posted by: tom bri at April 3, 2008 06:42 PM

Nice post, thanks.

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Posted by: LomaAlta at April 6, 2008 12:03 AM