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Shkreli ordered to return $64M, is barred from drug industry


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u/Baconator-Junior Jan 14 '22 edited Jan 14 '22

Let's avoid the disingenuous arguments and simply agree that, by the numbers, if you compare any individual State to Sweden, the simple fact is that Sweden's policies seem to work to some degree.

Now, whether you want to call their policies communist or not is up to you. Speaking in terms of $ spent and $ produced, Sweden is incontrovertibly doing something right.


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u/Baconator-Junior Jan 14 '22 edited Jan 14 '22


It is entirely appropriate to compare an individual State to an "entire country"; the way power is disbursed in the US makes the comparison adequate, and the population/area/GDP of individual States is easily comparable to that of individual countries.

In other words; if it is appropriate to compare one State to another, then it should be appropriate to compare individual States to countries of similar size.


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u/Baconator-Junior Jan 14 '22

Yes, that is a quote, but no, it does not mean what you are trying to imply it means. Simply because State governments are modeled after the Federal government, it does not follow that the Federal government is therefore in control of everything, nor does that mean a comparison of an individual State's economy to the economy of a country of similar size is somehow wrong.

TL;DR You're essentially telling me, "Apples exist, therefore oranges do not."