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Comment Re:So much wrong with this (Score 1) 458

Well, then Wikipedia is wrong. France has a socialist president and government. Greece just elected a socialist prime minister. There's plenty more in Europe.

The brand of socialism advocated by Sanders is NOT North Korea or Cuba. It's the Scandinavian model that is democratic.

The problem is that the term "socialism" is overloaded and means different things to different people. In America, due to cold war history, it has taken on a very pejorative meaning.

Comment Re:Socialism (Score 1) 458

Wow, Godwin already?

There's been plenty of free and democratic countries in Europe who willingly voted in a socialist government, willingly accepted to be taxed to pool their resources and together achieve greater things (free education, better infrastructures and healthcare, etc). And when they were unhappy with the amount of tax they were paying or how it was utilized, they voted for a different government. Nobody stopped them. Nothing oppressive. No coercion.

Comment I forget immediately (Score 1) 122

I've taken a few MOOCs and even completed a few. My big problem is that pretty much as soon as I completed the course I forgot everything I'd learned. I have a couple of explanations as to why that is:

- MOOCs don't usually have a project component where you'd get direct feedback from a TA (that's obviously due to the number of people registered). This is changing as peer-assessments are being used more and more as a way to handle project grading.

- the course in question wasn't directly related to what I'm doing in my day job. During university, a course you're taking is at least often useful as a prerequisite for the next one.

- I'm getting old and stupid. Maybe just smart enough to complete the course but not enough to retain it? I wonder how much more I'd have retained, say, 10 years ago.

Comment Re: Medical innovations from damn socialists!! NOO (Score 1) 106

Definitely not true on all counts, you are letting your ideology cloud your objectivity. Some aspects of French society might be called "socialist" (health care for all, free education, decent minimum wage and generally better protection for workers and the unemployed than in the US), but it is still a country where there is little to no public ownership of the means of production, and no central planning. It is a land of private enterprise just like the USA!

France just had a hardcore capitalist president with Sarkozy for 5 years (succeeding Chirac who was from the same party), and even under Hollande, nothing has changed regarding the general system of government. Ultimately, there's not much room to maneuver system-wise in the EU anyway.

To get back on topic, just like in the US the French government gives incentives for innovation in various sectors, and in France, public research institutes (CNRS, INSERM, CIRAD, etc.) and public hospitals have indeed been at the forefront of many breakthroughs, some that have won Nobel prizes, again thanks to support from the government, not in spite of it.

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