The quality of a society is judged not by the living conditions of those at the top of the heap but rather by those at the bottom. That is why northern European countries operating under a fine balance of capitalism and socialism are rated as the best countries in which to live for average folks. America on the other hand has the best and worst of all possible worlds when it comes to living conditions.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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