BBC’s “My Perfect Country” Podcast Series Combines World’s Best Policies To Create Ideal Nation

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Although the rise of movements in recent years has shown us ways to affect change by bypassing politics (i.e. the Arab Spring, the Dakota Pipeline, etc.), no country can hope to rise to the full height that is demanded by our species’ dignity and intelligence without a forward-thinking government. Sometimes even the most advanced countries find themselves stuck in a “one step forward, two steps back” trap, such is the case with the election of President Trump — who just yesterday signed a tragic executive order which sets women’s rights back at least a decade.

It is argued that this tug-of-war between two or more sociopolitical forces within a country can be healthy for a democracy, for it cements the progress, and only allows small steps backwards and large steps forward. But what would it look like if a progressive-minded people had full control over a nation’s policies? What would it look like if a country hand-picked the very best policies from governments around the world and created a government that runs on the most cutting-edge ideas in that have proven themselves to work? This was the question posed by the team at the BBC podcast series My Perfect Country, who, in 14 episodes, have assembled some of the most successful policies from different countries to create as good of a government — albeit fictitious — as one could ever hope to. From Shanghai’s remarkable mathematics teaching strategy, to Japan’s gun control, to Portugal’s brilliantly successful decriminalization of drugs, to Peru’s legislation that has cut poverty by 50% in 10 years — you can listen to all 14 episodes at BBC.co.uk.

If My Perfect Country ever decides to expand their set of episodes, there’s a very good chance they will include Iceland’s hugely successful program aimed at teen substance. “Today, Iceland tops the European table for the cleanest-living teens. The percentage of 15- and 16-year-olds who had been drunk in the previous month plummeted from 42 per cent in 1998 to 5 per cent in 2016. The percentage who have ever used cannabis is down from 17 per cent to 7 per cent. Those smoking cigarettes every day fell from 23 per cent to just 3 per cent.” You can read more about how they did this at MosaicScience.com. And on a similar note, you can watch philosopher Alain de Botton’s The Perfect Country from his School of Life below. (Photo via BCC)
https://www.feelguide.com/2017/01/2...-worlds-best-policies-to-create-ideal-nation/
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The biggest mass murders and crimes in history were done for the glorious fulfilment of someone's idea of a "perfect society". And that's racist

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there are 7.6 billion people on this planet oh wait 7.7 billion we are hopelessly over populted and yes a lot of people have died to see humanity move forward.. would you rather bel ing in a cave fucking a neaderthal? or is that racist/ or speciest? dont give me that pablum puking liberal shit man seriously you want an omelte yo ucrack eggs in order for society to change blood must flow and i have no problem with that at all neither did lenin or bakunin or robbspierre.. i hate people.. the more we get rid of the better..and matybe some day we can create a society i dont have to loath waking up in every day.. every day of my life i've been ignored or spit on by your precious humanity.. if i had a button i'd push it
 
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there are 7.6 billion people on this planet oh wait 7.7 billion we are hopelessly over populted and yes a lot of people have died to see humanity move forward.. would you rather bel ing in a cave fucking a neaderthal? or is that racist/ or speciest? dont give me that pablum puking liberal shit man seriously you want an omelte yo ucrack eggs in order for society to change blood must flow and i have no problem with that at all neither did lenin or bakunin or robbspierre.. i hate people.. the more we get rid of the better..and matybe some day we can create a society i dont have to loath waking up in every day.. every day of my life i've been ignored or spit on by your precious humanity.. if i had a button i'd push it
Sorry to burst bubbles. Theoretically I shouldn't do that because leaving illusions intact fosters nice and pretty conversation and self congratulations.
Two things you have to realize, everybody should realize:

1. People are different, they want different things and you have not one, but 7.7 billion perfect societies.
2. People can't change rapidly and against their will. There is no chance you will have all 7.7 billion on your side. Even if you magically conjure rivers of honey, some will rebel.

From that you can derive: There is no such thing as perfect society. There will be always a substantial opposition to any change, even the most positive.
Every rapid and forceful change leads to millions of dead.

And ... Billy, please note that you went in one single post from the perfect society straight to nuclear holocaust.

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I'm not saying that is bad or is your fault, that's who we are. Evolution made us like that.
 
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Sorry to burst bubbles. Theoretically I shouldn't do that because leaving illusions intact fosters nice and pretty conversation and self congratulations.
Two things you have to realize, everybody should realize:

1. People are different, they want different things and you have not one, but 7.7 billion perfect societies.
2. People can't change rapidly and against their will. There is no chance you will have all 7.7 billion on your side. Even if you magically conjure rivers of honey, some will rebel.

From that you can derive: There is no such thing as perfect society. There will be always a substantial opposition to any change, even the most positive.
Every rapid and forceful change leads to millions of dead.

And ... Billy, please note that you went in one single post from the perfect society straight to nuclear holocaust.

:)

I'm not saying that is bad or is your fault, that's who we are. Evolution made us like that.
correct individuals cant change but society can these changed will take generations maybe centuries
 
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Thought-provoking video. Utopias live in our heads but can turn true if we all manifest these visions created in our heads.
If you've seen documentaries about prisons in Norway, you've questioned your own country's prison system. If you have improved your lifestyle and seen how much it has changed your life, you know the potential of it changing a nation. We never thought medicinal cannabis would be legalised here in the UK, and look: Is CBD Oil Legal in the UK? I met with a senior policeman who said crime would go down if all drugs were regulated, just like prescription medication is. In a perfect country, art is definitely at everyone's reach and bringing us together. There's always room for improvement in your own life, so why shouldn't countries have a chance to improve. Utopias and dreams can only but boost our untapped potential.
 
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Thought-provoking video. Utopias live in our heads but can turn true if we all manifest these visions created in our heads.
If you've seen documentaries about prisons in Norway, you've questioned your own country's prison system. If you have improved your lifestyle and seen how much it has changed your life, you know the potential of it changing a nation. We never thought medicinal cannabis would be legalised here in the UK, and look: Is CBD Oil Legal in the UK? I met with a senior policeman who said crime would go down if all drugs were regulated, just like prescription medication is. In a perfect country, art is definitely at everyone's reach and bringing us together. There's always room for improvement in your own life, so why shouldn't countries have a chance to improve. Utopias and dreams can only but boost our untapped potential.
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