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    10-01-2019, 02:10 PM
    Not really. Even within the time frame of a particular generation, we don't. That's one of the reasons that inflation exists and it's one of the main motivations for endless wars since the beginning of mankind.
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    10-01-2019, 12:39 PM
    I don't think an axiomatic system is a good choice for discussing humanities and I say that as someone with a background in pure mathematics. Assuming abundance of resources and in the absence of monopoly and conglomerates, your proposition that increased market leads to competition and hence, innovation and lower prices stands valid. But we don't have unlimited resources on the earth. And when there are companies that are as powerful as the government, they can impose their policies on the public and increased market may eventually lead to higher prices for lower quality products. Actually, many people inside the US or outside the US think that one of the reasons that the US finds herself committed to certain foreign policies is exactly because of that. Because there are companies and people from certain backgrounds who possess huge wealth and power that have formed a Deep State or a Shadow Government inside the US. And no matter who gets elected, certain US policies will never change. Education in Iran is not completely free. It is free only if you choose to study at a public university (and the top universities in Iran are public universities, unlike the US where the best universities are usually private institutions). There are also semi-governmental and private schools and universities in Iran. Actually, I strongly believe in the US education system. It's the best system in the world in my opinion. And it offers a lot of opportunities to scientists who want to dedicate their time to science only. But although it's doing incredibly well and it attracts the most talented people from all over the world, it offers not much to the ordinary American citizens. Yes, I'm well aware of medical tourism in the US. One of my penpals from Idaho had to fly to Croatia for fixing his teeth. I think the reason that the US medical system performs so poorly is because companies involved in medicine and pharmaceutics have powerful links in the system and they're simply milking you guys. It's not because of the exchange rates. They overcharge you because they can. As simple as that.
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    10-01-2019, 12:05 PM
    Yeah. Scandinavian countries are small, but Germany, many EU countries or even your neighbor Canada are not that small. What about them? Not always. If that were true, there wouldn't have been so many homeless people in rich states like California or New York. Come and get it.
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    09-30-2019, 06:57 AM
    Yes, I see your point. But what if someone goes bankrupt? Does that mean they should die because they don't have enough money to cover their treatment costs? Or what about people with disabilities? Or veterans? Or orphans?
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    09-30-2019, 06:54 AM
    What about Scandinavian countries that are run by taxes and they offer free education and public health insurance to their citizens?
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    09-30-2019, 06:48 AM
    Thanks. I'm aware that English is trying to use gender neutral pronouns. I always use "they" when I want to refer to a person without referring to their gender but I didn't know that calling the US "she" would offend people. Fun fact: Persian is a gender neutral language. We do not have masculine or feminine nouns or pronouns. If English were a neutral language too, learning it would've become much easier for people like me.
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    09-30-2019, 06:42 AM
    Yes, I understand your point. But I meant something else. Somebody here said that Tulsi Gabbard and Bernie Sanders are good as garbage workers because they have socialist/communist ideas. The thing is: if you have to pay something by force, you'd better receive something in return for it. No? Whether people like Bernie Sanders get elected or not, you still have to pay taxes. Now someone like Bernie Sanders says that in return for your taxes, you can get cheaper education and better healthcare. How's that something bad?
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    09-30-2019, 06:16 AM
    Then what is the second amendment for if it can't defend you against those men? And if someone is willing to give you something in return for your money, that makes him bad? Taxes in Iran are low compared to other countries (thanks to our energy resources), but even so, education in public schools and universities is free and we pay a lot less for healthcare than the US (which happens to have one of the world's leading medical infrastructure but it overcharges her citizens). For example, for a patient without health insurance, x-rays cost about $5 to $50 at maximum while x-rays cost a lot higher than that in the US. Sometimes even higher than $1000.
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    09-30-2019, 04:10 AM
    That's an interesting point of view, but then why do you pay tax if you don't expect any service in return? So it seems that there are some exceptions to this rule and that's why American taxpayers pay money to the government. Hi Pete. You're welcome to visit Iran. But if you have your own reasons for not visiting Iran, you can check vlogs by Americans visiting Iran on YouTube. Yeah. I was surprised to see a lot of people repped me for my first post. I think people just wanted to be welcoming and show they have nothing against me joining the forums.
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    09-29-2019, 06:12 PM
    Are Americans against public healthcare? Why? I think that's something we should discuss in another thread. That was a good one. :P
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    09-29-2019, 05:41 PM
    But isn't Ron Paul now too old for running for presidency? I know that his son Rand Paul is a senator, representing Kentucky if I'm not mistaken, but I don't think that they have the same views regarding the US-Iran relations. And what do you have against Bernie and Tulsi? Is it just about being affiliated with the democratic party? Yeah. That's a good idea. I thought that maybe I wasn't the only Iranian here because there's a sizeable population of Iranian-Americans living in California but if I happen to be the only Iranian, I think The Iranian sounds a lot better.
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    09-29-2019, 03:47 PM
    "It's peanuts for you", Episode 2. :D
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    09-29-2019, 03:36 PM
    Thank you all. Honestly, I didn't expect to receive this many replies and I'm pleasantly surprised to see all the welcome messages. :) juleswin: Sure. Call me Arash.
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    09-29-2019, 02:44 PM
    Hi everyone, I just registered here. I live in Iran and I'm not well-informed about American internal affairs, but I have read some of Ron Paul's interviews and I have to say that I find myself agreeing with many of his ideas regarding the US-Iran relations. Even though I can't support anyone, but I follow some politicians like Tulsi Gabbard, Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul. I checked some of the threads on here and I thought maybe joining you guys would be a good idea. So, is it OK for me to join here? Or is it an American-exclusive website?
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