October 24, 2013
I saw something very interesting on CNN’s travel show called Parts Unknown. The most recent episode was on Copenhagen in Denmark. During the show, the same phrase kept being uttered throughout – “The happiest place on Earth”, referring to Columbia University’s Earth Institute naming Denmark as such.
Here is the link to the video of the show – CNN’S “PARTS UKNOWN”
While the show itself represented Copenhagen, the conversation between the show host and the owner of the featured restaurant was centered a lot around life in Denmark. Copenhagen is quite clean and beautiful, but it also hides a dirty little secret. Denmark is socialist. Citizens pay 65% in taxes of their income to the government. While free health care and free education can seem to be a benefit rising out of Denmark’s socialist welfare system, its never mentioned about the quality of the health care, nor of the quality or choice of education.
Denmark has things we are already or are becoming more familiar with:
Freedom of speech (unless it’s about religion)
Strict Anti-gun laws
No public photography policies – (though you can urinate in public)
Strict drug laws
During the show it was mentioned how it was frowned upon to “stick out” fro the crowd – no one can be better than anyone else (unless of course you work for the government or are part of the Royal line). This sounds very much like our “no child left behind” policy, which in reality means “no child pushed to achieve”- AKA Attack of the clones. Also it was mentioned that the public’s role is to call out and ridicule anyone who tries to over achieve in society. This ensures that the public remain as peasants under the foot of the crown. Everyone is poor and unarmed , but hey, the weather is great. Life is good – if you’re a sheep. Life is heaven if you’re the king.
This post first appeared in the Politics category.