Evidence of Calvinism’s superiority to Lutheranism:
Although it is very capitalist, Switzerland boasts many of the advantages that socialist Scandinavian states are supposed to claim exclusively. Switzerland’s unemployment rate is just 4.5 percent, which is one of the lowest rates in the world. The country’s poverty rate is similarly low (XLS). Those who immigrate to Switzerland have an average employment rate of 76 percent, which is much higher than the European average of 62 percent.
Furthermore, the Swiss educational system is ranked third in the world by the OECD. Only Korea and Japan are ranked higher, which means Switzerland’s educational system is the best in the Western world. Many claim this distinction belongs to Finland, but Finnish schools are in fact ranked 10/37 in math and 4/37 in reading.
Additionally, income inequality and debt are both quite low in Switzerland. This reality persists although Switzerland’s wealthy have the lowest tax burden in the world; the richest decile in the country pays only 20.9 percent of the country’s taxes. Remarkably, even though the tax burden on the wealthy is minimal, Switzerland’s national debt as a percentage of its gross domestic product is lower than Finland’s, Sweden’s, and Denmark’s.
Switzerland is the closest to “paradise” of any European country, yet it remains one of the most capitalist economies on Earth. Its success is a powerful antidote to socialist claims about the benefits of progressive taxation, and all but destroys the assumption that Scandinavia as a bastion of socialism shows that only collectivism can produce success.
This is a test of the Emergency Paleo-Calvinist System. If this had been an actual case of boosterism, you would have been instructed to read Ecclesiastes. This concludes this test of the Emergency Paleo-Calvinist System.
11 thoughts on “See?”
The article is an embarrassment. The author knows very little about Switzerland, a better place to start would be to look at the social benefit system in Switzerland and then deconstruct who and what pays for it.
The authors’ tagline reads thus:
“Kelly is a college junior majoring in political science. She enjoys studying political events as well as philosophy, and has won several writing awards for her fiction and nonfiction
I presume this is an example of the former rather than the latter.
Do tell Chris S. I would interested to hear more.
Kind of a presumptuous article here. Every nation’s economy exists in a context. You might be interested in knowing that Switzerland employs some protectionism especially for its agricultural sector. We should also note that there is a high demand for Swiss manufactured products by its neighbors. Should also note how the Swiss National Bank handled the Global economic crisis of 2008.We should also note the threats that currently exist to the Swiss economy (see http://www.forbes.com/places/switzerland/).
But we might want to inquire whether offshoring is an issue for businesses in Switzerland. And if it isn’t it? In addition, we might want to inquire about the need for low-skill labor there.
Cheese for breakfast. It’s pretty good. They also cut hay on expressway cloverleafs with scythes by hand. Waste not, want not.
Swiss mercenaries, money laundering and banking for the world’s Oligarchs. What?
Gospel preparationism from Reformation 21—“We should also strive to be less dependent on others–including the government–for basic means and living (1 Thess. 4:11; 2 Thess. 3:6-12). The Scriptures include many “one another” instructions (e.g., forgiving, bearing with, caring for, etc.), but we should not want to be a perpetual burden on others or become reliant on Uncle Sam to take care of us (as many in New Orleans sadly learned the hard way in 2005). As our society and nation have become increasingly interconnected with other societies and nations, one weak link can have an increasing crippling impact on the entire “system.” We’ve seen this in recent times with the collapse of Greece’s financial system and its subsequent havoc on Western retirement accounts. We’ve seen how a leak in a gas pipeline cripples many states over night. One company’s bad news in the stock market sends fear throughout our entire culture. Most of us have lost the old arts of preserving food, keeping a family garden, obtaining clean water, making household items, taking care of animals, and even changing oil in a car. As a whole, Americans are not prepared to weather any significant storm
So….we might be persecuted, we might be weak, but preparing to be weak is tempting God? Why believe in what you can’t see, when you still have time to change the visible world with your American prosperity theology?
E. W. Kenyon—If you talk weakness you will be weak. Why? Because you are a spirit being not a physical being. We have sung “near the cross” but the cross has no salvation in it. It is a place of failure and defeat. When we go into partnership with God, and learn His way of doing business, we cannot be failures. Don’t just listen. Act on the word. Be doers of the word.”
Romans 14: 5 One person considers one day to be above another day. Someone else considers every day to be the same. Each one must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 Whoever observes the day, observes it for the honor of the Lord….For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 Christ died and came to life for this–in order that He rule over both the dead and the living
2 Corinthians 13:4 For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are WEAK IN HIM, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.