Canadian Social Democracy
Big man wotty weighs in on Krugman’s Canadian piece. I’ve heard this argument- that Canadian difference isn’t just about different institutions, but a different culture- from other Canadians as well.
But I wonder, is it possible that Canadians by and large have a better attitude toward their government exactly because they have better institutions? In other words, perhaps Canadians like their government because their government provides them with health care and decent education, whereas ours mostly just drafts us or imprisons us. What came first the chicken of big government or the egg of positive ideas about that government?
I ask this because I suspect that were Americans, by some fluke, to pass, for instance, single payer health insurance, it would become very popular very quickly despite our supposed cultural dislike of government.
So Canadians, any thoughts? Am I full of it?