I've been talking to my son in Sweden a lot about the differences of culture here and there.
And while it sounds great to implement some of the things that seem to work well for them, here, it just doesn't work that way.
In short, the more we look at the different cultures we realize that we're both running toward a completely different finish line. It's an entirely different race.
Thus, when you ask someone running the capitalism race about universal healthcare, it doesn't compute. They don't understand much of welfare states either. But, it makes perfect sense in the socialism race.
I suppose both races are about finding happiness, although based on most every amount of research out there regarding materialism, money, social equality, and collecting stuff, there isn't much debate about which finish line actually finds it.
Of course, none of this is about countries, at the end of the day. It's about you. And me.
What's your finish line? What are you racing toward? Don't be surprised if it's hard to have a conversation with someone with a completely different understanding of the goal. When was the last time you stepped back and analyzed the competition and end goal? And if it works?