Essay: Mr. Leftist, the rich aren't going to bail you out. Get off your butt! And marry before you have sex! Godspeed.

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8% of married parents are living in poverty. 27% of solo parents are living in poverty.[1]

Premarital sex and single motherhood cause a lot of poverty and misery. 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average (Center for Disease Control). 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes –14 times the average. (Justice & Behavior, Vol. 14, p. 403-26). 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average (National Principals Association Report).[2]

The Netherlands is one of the richest countries in the world and it has a generous social safety net.

But 7 million people out of their 17 million person population live on low incomes.

And why are those 7 million people in the Netherlands living on low incomes?

Tilsburg University stats:

Although the Netherlands is one of the richest countries in Europe, there is poverty here, too. Research by the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP) and Statistics Netherlands (CBS) shows that single-parent families, people with a non-Western background, welfare recipients, and single people under the age of 65 have a high risk of severe poverty. Poverty manifests itself in (very) limited financial resources, social exclusion, health problems, and limited access to education.

In 2018, 584,000 of the nearly 7.4 million households had to live on low incomes. This was as many as in the previous year.[3]

In 2019, the Netherlands had a population of 17.28 million people.

So approximately 43% of the Netherland's population live on low incomes. Mr. Leftist, one thing for certain, the Nordic countries such as the Netherlands are not a land of milk and honey for people unwilling to study and work hard.

If you are counting on the world's social welfare systems to get you out of the low-income situation, it is not a smart bet - especially since the developed world is now facing aging populations.

The bottom line Mr. Leftist: The rich aren't going to bail you out. Get off your butt! And marry before you have sex!

I trust this clarifies matters for you. Go forth and work. Godspeed.

The most rapid period of economic growth in world history was caused by hard work and Bible-believing Protestantism. Imagine that!

See also: Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism and Protestant cultural legacies

The atheist and Harvard University historian Niall Ferguson declared: "Through a mixture of hard work and thrift the Protestant societies of the North and West Atlantic achieved the most rapid economic growth in history."[4]

Protestant missionaries and economic and societal development

See also: Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism and Protestant cultural legacies

The article The Surprising Discovery About Those Colonialist, Proselytizing Missionaries published in Christianity Today notes:

In his fifth year of graduate school, Woodberry created a statistical model that could test the connection between missionary work and the health of nations. He and a few research assistants spent two years coding data and refining their methods. They hoped to compute the lasting effect of missionaries, on average, worldwide...

One morning, in a windowless, dusty computer lab lit by fluorescent bulbs, Woodberry ran the first big test. After he finished prepping the statistical program on his computer, he clicked "Enter" and then leaned forward to read the results.

"I was shocked," says Woodberry. "It was like an atomic bomb. The impact of missions on global democracy was huge. I kept adding variables to the model—factors that people had been studying and writing about for the past 40 years—and they all got wiped out. It was amazing. I knew, then, I was on to something really important."

Woodberry already had historical proof that missionaries had educated women and the poor, promoted widespread printing, led nationalist movements that empowered ordinary citizens, and fueled other key elements of democracy. Now the statistics were backing it up: Missionaries weren't just part of the picture. They were central to it...

Areas where Protestant missionaries had a significant presence in the past are on average more economically developed today, with comparatively better health, lower infant mortality, lower corruption, greater literacy, higher educational attainment (especially for women), and more robust membership in nongovernmental associations.

In short: Want a blossoming democracy today? The solution is simple—if you have a time machine: Send a 19th-century missionary."[5]

The Protestant work ethic is alive and well in China

See also: Growth of Christianity in China

Essay: The Invisible Hand of Marriage

See: Essay:The Invisible Hand of Marriage

Sexually transmitted diseases crisis in Western societies and its upcoming conservative backlash

Conservative backlash to STDs crisis

Socialism declining in Europe as populism support grows

See also: Decline of the secular left

"France was once the heartland of revolution. Today, its left is battered, and its far right is rising." - The Rise and Fall of French Socialism by Jonah Birch, Jacobin, February 13, 2021[6]

In 2019, John Feffer wrote at the left leaning The Nation:

In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the 'pink tide' of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere...

In this planet-wide rising tide of right-wing populism, the liberal left commands only a few disconnected islands — Iceland, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Uruguay... Worse, crafty operators with even more ambitious agendas stand ready to destroy the liberal status quo once and for all."[7]

Welfare, the USA and the slave mentality

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The article Today’s Slave Mentality – An interesting theory of how people behave in this country indicates about the U.S. welfare system:

The slave mentality is still very much among us. A class of people have emerged in this country who put forth minimal effort knowing the master will take care of them (the government). As more and more people become addicted to entitlements, they become more apathetic and less likely to work. As an example, let’s consider the American Indian where we have been spending in excess of $2.6 billion annually (1) over the last few years for such things as health care, education, public safety, housing, and rural development. Despite this huge cash infusion over an extended period of time, only 25% are employed, and they suffer from the highest poverty rate and lowest life expectancy in the country. The point is, when you become a ward of the state and such amenities are guaranteed to you, there is a natural inclination for apathy to run rampant.

Those imbued with the slave mentality do not simply want something for nothing, they expect it. Whereas they are content to perform simple labor, they expect their master, the federal government, to provide for their housing, welfare, health care, and other amenities. This explains why entitlements have grown at an alarming rate in recent years and why such people have no problem with a massive government. They are mindful of the rules and regulations of the master, but have no true understanding of the concept of freedom which is nothing more than a catch-phrase of the government.

In contrast, those opposed to big government and actively work to sustain themselves relish freedom and truly understand the price of it in blood and sweat. They realize freedom encourages personal initiative to invent, innovate, discover, write, and create. They may either be successful or a failure, but they relish the opportunity to at least try. They are allowed to believe what they want, say what they want, go where they want, but most importantly they are allowed to be an entrepreneur with all of the risks and responsibilities involved. The slave mentality class doesn’t grasp this and shirks risk and responsibility, preferring the safety of the master instead.

The slave codes of today are implemented by the media who cleverly manipulates the people’s sense of right and wrong, thereby defining how they should think and act. As George Orwell correctly observed, “The people will believe what the media tells them they believe.” Political correctness is an obvious example of how the media influences the perceptions of people. In reality, the media is controlled by the government who orchestrates the messages to the masses. From this, the slaves steadfastly protect their master by savagely attacking his detractors, either physically or verbally. Such slaves are simple people who can be easily manipulated by the media.

For the slave mentality to flourish, government needs to grow and become more invasive in the lives of the people. Entitlements are the hallmark of the slaves, something they believe they deserve as opposed to earn; something the master will provide. To grasp the size of the people possessing the slave mentality, consider how the country’s Welfare has escalated since 1960:

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So what exactly is the slave mentality? A person who is willing to become subservient to the government in exchange for basic creature comforts as opposed to earning it themselves. The slave unknowingly remains a prisoner and is not truly free. In reality, he/she does not understand freedom, nor do they want it for freedom requires hard work, risk, and responsibility, elements which they have been conditioned to avoid. Knowing this, the government master controls the people through simple bribery and uses the media to manipulate the perceptions of the masses.[8]

The societal benefits of Christianity

St. Basil of Caesarea founded the first hospital. Christian hospitals subsequently spread quickly throughout both the East and the West.[9] See: Christianity and hospitals

There are numerous resources pointing out the benefits of Christianity/religion as far as social stability:

Do I expect the Democrats to deliver on great healthcare for Americans?

Americans spend too much on defense and they have been poor negotiators with NATO who do give their people universal healthcare as their defense budgets are lower (see: Trump’s NATO Spending Demand Would Break Denmark’s Welfare State). On top of this, America has an overweight and aging population and a huge national debt of $27 trillion dollars.

And then there are the lobbyists - especially corporate lobbyists. When Obama ran won in 2008, bankers were among his biggest contributors (see: Bankers and academics at top of Obama's donor list in 2008, The Guardian). Are bankers going to be very generous as far as wanting to provide generous healthcare to Americans? No. And that is why ObamaCare was a bad deal for many people - especially with its mandate (which the Republicans got revoked).

Aging populations demand more healthcare[10] and when there is increased demand, all other things being equal, prices go up. It's simple economics. And judging by the projected global shortage of nurses, it does not appear as if supply will keep with demand in the healthcare sector.

I don't expect Democrats to ever deliver on great healthcare for Americans. And Europe's healthcare system will get more strained as their population base ages as older people need more healthcare (see: European Health Systems: unsustainable without reforms). And aging populations aren't as productive economically because people retire early by historical standards in terms of how long they have left to live.

If RationalWiki user GrammarCommie is an economics/society expert, then why is he among the lower-middle class in his society? The socialist Karl Marx was broke too!

RationalWiki is a politically left leaning website that skews towards atheism/agnosticism in terms of its worldview.

User: GrammarCommie formerly served on RationalWiki's board of trustees.

On July 30, 2021, GrammarCommie wrote: "I asked for data, not random factoids. Just as we can't infer that every white person lives at the lower middle class level because I do...".[11]

GrammarCommie often pontificates about matters relating to economics/society at RationalWiki.

Question: If RationalWiki user GrammarCommie is an economics/society expert, then why is he among the lower-middle class in his society? The socialist Karl Marx was broke too![12]

See also

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References

  1. The Changing Profile of Unmarried Parents, Pew Research Center
  2. Research and Statistics - Fatherless households
  3. Introducing the Netherlands: Poverty
  4. The Protestant Work Ethic: Alive & Well…In China By Hugh Whelchel on September 24, 2012
  5. Christianity Today, The Surprising Discovery About Those Colonialist, Proselytizing Missionaries, January 8, 2014
  6. The Rise and Fall of French Socialism by Jonah Birch, Jacobin, February 13, 2021
  7. Combating the New Right by John Feffer, The Nation, May 13, 2019
  8. Today’s Slave Mentality – An interesting theory of how people behave in this country.
  9. The Christian origin of hospitals
  10. Aging populations continue to drive healthcare
  11. RationalWiki Saloon Revision as of 04:33, 30 July 2021 (view source) GrammarCommie (talk | contribs) (→‎Critical Race Theory)
  12. Did Karl Marx live in poverty himself?