Last week’s subject got some strong responses from my three regular readers. So, this week I’d like to share something about
The map above is what
Then, however, there was World War One.
The nation of
What stuns me today is the tenacity of many Hungarians’ anger over Trianon. In the streets, I often see bumper stickers in the shape of pre-Trianon
This picture is from just outside my apartment building.
There are Hungarians who still believe the territories of Greater Hungary ought to belong to the nation of
There are several sticky issues there. First, it is difficult to take back territory that changed hands in an internationally recognized treaty. Second,
Still, anti-Trianon sentiments remain strong. The voices have been marginalized, but there are a lot of voices. You see the stickers. You can buy maps of Greater Hungary as a souvenir. It comes up in political speeches. It continues to affect international relations. A couple years back there was even a referendum that would’ve, if passed, offered Hungarian citizenship to ethnic Hungarians living in neighboring countries.
The sentiment is very real, but it is misguided.
I don’t want to condemn the concept outright. There is a lot to this that I cannot describe here. Just to scratch the surface,
All that said, calls for the expansion of
It can’t happen.
So, how does this link to the debate over American health care?
Well, I read a lot of opinions on the great injustice of private health care in the
2) The American government hasn’t exactly proven itself capable of handling large logistical problems. I imagine the people calling for government health care were not in the post-Katrina Superdome.
3) American political history is one that has resisted socialist reform (for better or for worse). We have little-to-no experience dealing with large scale social programs.
4) Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the institutions that are in place now (insurance companies, HMOs, state and federal government) won’t allow the transition.
I like this last one because like the EU, NATO, the WTO, and the UN, the institutions currently in charge of health care are inept and sloppy.
This does not mean there is no way forward. The
What do you think?