Lessons in Prosperity

Commentary | January 1, 2008 | By John Burbank | Real Change News

After high school I worked in Finland for a year. Back then, Finland was a rural country. Many of the roads were dirt. We used an outhouse. A big farm had 20 cows. It was an economy on a different scale than in America. I returned 20 years later in the middle of a severe recession. But I didn't see one homeless or hungry person. The community centers and swimming pools were in great shape. The trains ran on time, and quickly. The ski tracks were well maintained. Most of all, there was an almost palpable sense of opportunity and hope for the future.

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