It is my opinion that denying freedom is evil, but some countries are struggling with it just as we are - to differing degrees of success. That does not mean the people are evil, but the system is.
People were enslaved in Europe for centuries. Slavery in the New World was supported and encouraged by European powers who continued to exploit the need for labor in the United States. Serfdom was a way of life for many Europeans until well into the 19th century when it was mostly abolished.
As for pollution, Europe was the origin of the industrial revolution, when mankind realized he could convert work into energy. Coal burning was at its most inefficient during this time, releasing tons of pollutants into the air. Not only that, but with the smaller size of Europe and comparable population, early industries - paper, inks, tanning - had a much higher effect per person on the environment Europe than we have today in the United States.
Sure, I don't agree/like socialism like most everyone on this forum, but sometimes it doesn't hurt to be allies with the not-so-hardcore of the socialists. Don't we, with our new president, have some socialist policies and are pushing for some more that may have other countries viewing us as socialists? Even in WWII, we allied with the Soviet Union to defeat Germany. Sometimes we have to give up our pure capitalist ideals in extreme situations such as WWII to defeat a common enemy.
You might want to give up some your capitalist ideals but I don't. The lefties on this board have not answered a fundamental question I have posed. Why would you want to emulate failed policies of the EU with sky high taxes, poor health care (waiting 6 months for an operation), loss of gun rights, loss of free speech (it's a crime in Canada to speak ill of queers), etc? Only a stupid fucking liberal would.
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