Wisdom from the Dissident Frogman

From the world’s only French Republican, the Dissident Frogman, please read “The Frogman’s Prophecies.”


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  1. Alan T.

    Thanks for pointing out a thought-provoking post!

    “Just as they did in France, the policies you champion will affect everyone’s standards of living, directly and indirectly. If you are wealthy today, your wealth will dwindle tomorrow. If you are already poor or believe yourself so, you will never rise and prosper.”

    Here’s what I found out about this after a bit of googling.

    French per capita GDP is between 73% and 88% of U.S. per capita GDP, depending on how it is measured (http://databank.worldbank.org/databank/download/GNIPC.pdf). On the other hand, French GDP per hour worked is 96% of U.S. GDP per hour worked (http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171778_258963.pdf). Are we better off than the French because we produce and consume more goods and services, or are the French better off because they enjoy more leisure?

    Median French wealth, at about $80,000, is higher than median U.S. wealth, at about $55,000 (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/files/2012/07/medianwealth.jpg).

    In the U.S., 23% of children live in poverty; in France, only 8.8% of children do (http://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/pdf/rc10_eng.pdf). However, poverty is defined as “living in a household in which disposable income … is less than 50% of the national median income,” so some poor children in the U.S. are not poor by French standards.

    Comparing the U.S. to other European countries, I see that U.S. per capita GDP is lower than per capita GDP in Luxembourg, Norway, and Switzerland, and higher than per capita GDP in the rest of Europe.

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