David Roberts+ Your Authors @drvox Seattleite transplanted from Tennessee; now blogging for vox.com/ about energy politics. Climate hawk, deficit dove. Not a doctor. Apr. 09, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

Sometimes you gotta step back and appreciate the absurdity of the US being surrounded by countries successfully doing things that one of the two major American parties insists are impossible. It's an ongoing testament to the power of identity to shape perception.

They insist universal healthcare can't work, even as every country using it outperforms the US at lower cost. They insist gun control can't work even as countries with tighter gun control boast radically fewer suicides & shootings.

Unions, family leave policies, public transit -- US reactionaries argue it's all impossible or counter-productive, even as dozens of other countries implement them to great success, happiness, and health. I have no real point here. It's just f'ing amazing.

You can follow @drvox.


Tip: mention @threader_app on a Twitter thread with the keyword “compile” to get a link to it.

Enjoy Threader? Sign up.

Since you’re here...

... we’re asking visitors like you to make a contribution to support this independent project. In these uncertain times, access to information is vital. Threader gets 1,000,000+ visits a month and our iOS Twitter client was featured as an App of the Day by Apple. Your financial support will help two developers to keep working on this app. Everyone’s contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support Threader by becoming premium or by donating on PayPal. Thank you.

Follow Threader