Skip to comments.The Little Country that Does
Posted on 03/11/2018 6:47:52 AM PDT by Kaslin
I have long believed that success leaves clues. It makes sense to pay attention to those clues in order to duplicate that success.
When most of us think about Switzerland, we think of great cheese, fine chocolate, and excellent time pieces. They are also famous for their neutrality. Maybe we Americans should take a closer look. They do a number of things right and we might learn something from them.
Yes, they make excellent cheese, chocolate and watches. They produce some pretty good wine as well. But, did you know that they spend 30% less than we do on healthcare and they have a life expectancy about four years longer? Now, some of my Doctor friends dont like it when I sight that life expectancy number. They say it has more to do with other societal and cultural factors. Maybe. But four years is not statistically insignificant. Curiously, the average stay in a hospital is two days longer and yet it costs less? Interesting, they dont have what we would describe as socialized medicine. Everyone is required to buy health insurance from a long list of private companies and plans. Even though they are home to several large pharmaceutical companies including Roche and Novartis, they have a clever way of negotiating prices with the drug companies and they pay less than we do for the same drugs. It is otherwise essentially a market based system.
Many of us confuse their famous neutrality for military weakness. Au contre! They believe in a strong national defense. The Swiss have mandatory military conscription for all young men and they are armed to the teeth. For their population, they have one of the largest standing armies in the world. Their reputation for loyalty and bravery are among the reasons that the Pope is still protected by the Swiss Guard to this day. After their time in the service, most Swiss take their semi-automatic weapons home with them. They keep them oiled and ready to defend their Alpine republic. By the way, the large number of guns in the hands of civilians has not driven the murder rate anywhere near that of say, Chicago. In fact the Swiss enjoy a pretty low crime rate.They keep an impressive arsenal of sophisticated military hardware hidden in mountain caves. These include modern jet fighters positioned along straight sections of highways that double as landing strips. Just because they stay out of other peoples foreign affairs, it doesnt mean you can mess with the Swiss.
Their neutrality was not the only reason that Hitler never invaded Switzerland in his grand plan for a greater German empire. He and his generals understood that the price of a Swiss invasion would be very high. One of the holidays celebrated in Geneva is called the Escalade. They commemorate the defeat of a foreign power who cavalierly attempted a conquest. Back in 1602 the French Duke of Savoy launched an invasion of Geneva. Swiss housewives poured large pots of boiling soup over the city walls on the invaders. They were quickly driven back across the border. The Duke was never foolish enough to try that again.
The Escalade Holiday ends around the kitchen table. After supper the family discusses the blessings of liberty. The patriarch then announces loudly, La mort aux ennemis de la Republique!-Death to the enemies of the Republic! He then smashes his fist down on a large milk chocolate pot (commemorating the soup pots) that is filled with marzipan candies. The whole family then enjoy the broken chocolate and the candies. Its like Independence Day, Swiss style. Quite tasty too.
The Swiss are not totally immune to leftist thinking, but they largely ignore much of the nonsense advanced by their larger neighbors. When the European Union proposed a common currency, the Swiss politely said no thanks. The warnings that they would become economically isolated are echoed today by the anti-Brexit baboons. They stuck with the Swiss Franc and it remains the worlds gold standard. You may remember that when the Obama administration sent pallets of cash to the Iranian mullahs, the plane made a stop in Geneva. It wasnt just to refuel. U.S. federal law prohibited wire transfers to the Iranian regime without approval from Congress, so it had to be cash. The Iranians didnt want our dirty greenbacks, so we had to convert them into mostly Swiss Francs. We got our hostages back, they got their tribute in good-as-gold Swiss Francs.
The Swiss were not eager to take large numbers of refugees. They wound up accepting some who were on their way from Italy to Germany... and stayed. Muslims arent unwelcome in Switzerland. But in a national plebiscite a few years ago, voters rejected their ability to build minarets. The Swiss expect newcomers to assimilate or move on. Switzerland has four official languages, but one common culture. The Swiss take citizenship seriously. While they allow some immigration, it takes twelve years before an immigrant can even apply for citizenship and local citizens retain the right to vote up or down on final approval. They can turn you down for any reason including not being a hard worker. And they do. Amazingly, the Swiss have been able to milk all those cows, make mountains of chocolate and pick those grapes without a large influx of illegal labor.
The Swiss are multilingual. They have a strong work ethic. They enjoy a very high standard of living, a low crime rate and clean, neat cities. As mentioned, they have privatized, affordable health care for all. The Swiss have a small, efficient central government that balances its budget. They stay out of other peoples business and do a very good job of managing their own.
If indeed success leaves clues, we could learn a lot from this little landlocked nation. The Swiss have somehow figured out how to maintain their liberty, their culture and do so many things right. I doubt they would mind if we copied a few of their successes.
But, but walls don’t work.
Our Swiss friends visited recently. The dad, a farmer and vintner, said, “In ten years you will not recognize Switzerland, it is so overrun with immigrants.’ When we were last in Switzerland, things were so expensive that we did not even buy chocolate. Not Utopia, I’m just saying. Our other friends were moving to Basel, but they were not happy because it is illegal in Basel to homeschool.
Plus their flag looks like the stars and bars (to libtards).
“Cuckoo Clocks”,Orson Wells in the Third Man? That was Austria.
The Switzerland I first visited in the '80s already no longer exists. And it is not just because of "immigrants". The Swiss seem to have caught the Gramscian cultural marxism virus.
Been in Switzerland a lot. Looks like Austria after they had a cleanup inspection. Dan Blocker and Tina Turner moved there. Often thought they would make S***holes like Haiti a paradise if they switched populations. Wouldn’t want to go back to Switzerland 10 years after the switch though.
It’s the people; simple as that. The Romans knew not to mess with them too. Then they were known as the Helvetians, hence the CH on their car licenses.
AND ALL SWISS MEN ARE ARMED, AND YET, THERE IS NO MASS SHOOTINGS IN SCHOOLS. THERE ALSO IS NO WAR ON CHRISTMAS.
Health care is all about making good personal decisions with respect to diet, physical activity, personal relationships, work environment.
Medical care has only a marginal influence on lifespan. Most of US healthcare is profit driven by big pharma and large hospital corporations.
We have to stop conflating the two.
A heritage, some say, due to the Knights Templar who escaped there from France when being oppressed by King Philip IV. If so, Islam is now destroying their work from within.
Lots very groovy,some things very stark.
cite, not sight
I used to work for a guy who grew up in Switzerland during the War, in Basel. He told me that the German radio propaganda broadcasts used to taunt that only “We Germans and the Cow-Swiss (Kuhschweiss) prepared for this war.” Basel was the recipient of a “misdirected” bombing raid towards the end of the war. Basel was the site of a lot of Nazis’ second homes, apparently they intended to flee into Switzerland and live off their Swiss bank accounts. He thinks the raid was intended as warning to the Swiss to not become a haven for Nazis post-war. (The U.S. had no need to invade, they could have leveled every building in Switzerland and destroyed every railroad and barge from the air. Please don’t post any encomia to the invincible Swiss Air Force. )
They will be overwhelmed by mussies
The reason their healthcare is better is that they have 50% more doctors per capita.
The only time I was in Switzerland was in the late eighties. Zurich was a mess. Needle Park which has since been cleaned up was a cess pool
It’s expensive because the dollar is so cheap relative to the Swiss franc.
With a population less than New York,they can control everything with ease...and do.Sorry, I wouldn’t trade us for them EVER!
The first Cuckoo Clock was designed in Augsburg, Bavaria in 1629 however production of cuckoo clocks began in the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) region some time in the 18th century.
they have nothing to do with Switzerland
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