The main difference is that a government that forswears central planning and leaves individuals free to make their own decisions within a system of property rights will typically end up being the government of a prosperous country.
The insight that markets break down discrimination is not new. Over 200 years ago Voltaire wrote: “Go into the London Stock Exchange. . . and you will see representatives of all nations gathered there for the service of mankind. There the Jew, the Mohammedan, and the Christian deal with each other as if they were of the same religion, and give the name of infidel only to those who go bankrupt.”
There has been an explosion in living standards in the United States and Canada, in most of Europe, in Japan, and in other places around the world that has brought the richest one billion people to what our counterparts 50 years ago would have considered the life of the rich.
The claim that average real wages for working people are falling is false. Those who conclude that ignore changes in the work week, do not properly account for the effects of inflation and incorrectly calculate the value of non-wage benefits.
A reasonable interpretation of this international survey could lead to an opposite conclusion: that free-market healthcare systems are superior.
One of my favorite movie quotes is Hayley Mills’s line in Pollyanna, “When you look for the bad in mankind, expecting to find it, you surely will.” And that’s what Mr. Stracher and many others do. While you’re busy looking for the bad, you miss so much of the good.
It’s not surprising that Europeans, when they get to choose, go to movies made by a competitive industry rather than a subsidized one.