We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As India and China crawl out from under the rock of their socialist ideas, they are beginning to rock the world. In time, the rest of Asia will follow. The old European/American Left and the old European-American Greenies are beginning to get it, but very slowly. The Berlin Wall fell in the 1980s.
As Capitalism, and hence individual freedom, goes global, the old social planning ideas are obsolete, and the massive state welfare systems destroy the human spirit. They do not work and do not matter. Thus Old Europe is slowly become a museum area, like Thailand used to be.
Perfect case in point - we will not drill for oil off the coast of Florida, but China will. Economics drive the world, and free-market economics drive freedom - eventually. Why? Because people in government are not as smart as markets. They have the guns, but they cannot control markets for long.
Markets are not God, but markets rule human economic interactions. Markets are facinating things, amoral, enormously powerful, but completely reflective of human interests.
I recently heard from a radiologist friend that his hospital has begun outsourcing their radiology to India on an experimental basis. In India, they have MDs working around the clock, for $20 US per hour, reading emailed American x-rays and CAT scans. They provide instant readings. Our guys make at least $500-1000/hour reading these images in their own good time. In a few years, our guys will be out of work or retired, but the new graduates here are doing Interventional Radiology, which requires a human presence. That is markets.
The Left of America just doesn't get it, and they would drag us down into the economic dark ages like Old Europe if they had the power. Socialism is dead. It is time to compete, and the era of decadent, self-satisfied and self-indulgent Euro-American supremacy is passing. It is time to use our brains again.