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The Swedish Welfare System

There’s a lot to learn from a country like Sweden. Having lived and studied in the south of Sweden for the better part of the past year, I’ve found it easy to see why it’s held in such high regard. With free education, universal healthcare, and myriad other benefits available to its citizens, Sweden is a great example of a how a welfare state can look after its people and yet still remain competitive in a global market.

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Are your parents about to rip you off?

Today I want to talk about superannuation.

No! No! Don’t stop reading.

Seriously, this is important.

Yes, I know that many readers of this site are below thirty, so that an article on superannuation has about as much appeal as a discussing aged accommodation and colonoscopies.

But it is not your superannuation I want to talk about. It is your parents’.

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How to regulate a legal cannabis market

In what had before seemed a distant future for pro-cannabis legalisation advocates, cannabis will soon be legally traded in recreational pot shops as a market good.

The passing of Amendment 64 to the Colorado Constitution last November allows U.S. states to create their own laws regulating marijuana production and consumption within sanction of the federal law.

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Uruguayan parliament lights up the legalisation debate

In this coming Australian federal election it is likely that you may come across the HEMP party, whilst you are fulfilling your civic duty at the ballot box. The Help End Marijuana Prohibition Australia Party, claims that marijuana, or more widely known as ‘pot’, contains superior protein to beef, is healthier than alcohol, and can be used for food, fuel, medicine and of course, recreation.[1]

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Paying your Dues

Ben Franklin, one of the fathers of the United States said that death and taxes are the only constants in life.  Indeed, beyond printing money taxes are one of the cornerstones that keep the world as we know it turning round by providing governments with a source of revenue, so they can provide essential public services and infrastructure and the like, so that we can go about our business. Naturally, the more governments collect, the more services and free stuff the management can afford to hand out: free schooling, free healthcare, wider roads, free internet cables etc.

Source: Wells, H. G. (1920). The Outline of History. p.199. Garden City, New York: Garden City Publishing Co., Inc.

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