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Expat wrote an article called: Why I live in Thailand.


I write it differently: Why I leave Switzerland.


We have no terrorist attacks (yet). Nobody goes hungry here. We have excellent welfare and insurances paid by the state. Health insurance, car insurances, life insurances, insurances for your furniture, against floods, theft, personal liability and loss of work (before welfare comes in after 2 years), so we're insured of about anything you can imagine.


But there's no insurance for a loss of human warmth. No insurance for a loss of a social net (if that existed) when you lose your job. No insurance for a feeling that you're less worth than the guy next door who still has a job to feed the family properly.


Why is that ?


Because an insurance covers financial losses, not emotional ones. No insurance can pay a missing afternoon tea in front of your house meeting friends passing by and having a lively discussion. No insurance can insure 24 hour open doors where everybody can come in uninvited and say hello, sit down and have a chat.


Insurances are like banks. They make their business on the base of distrust in other people. They tell you: BEWARE ! Life is dangerous ! Anything can happen ! Stay safe !


And they suck you out. No flat without insurance. Buy a car ? Nope. No insurance, no way, even if you could pay any damage out of your own pocket !


And then ! Try to do your own business. Ah-huh- How much capital do you have ? Where do you work and how much do you earn per month ? Any debts ? How many people live in your household ? Provide us with a business plan for the next two years including all planned investments. Do you have the permit of the police, the health control and the tax service ? Sorry, you cannot put a table on the street and sell sandwiches without n permits.


They strangle you. We have very many mental institutions here. Don't ask why...


We have a lot of YOUNG unemployed people. But the government rather pays them welfare for hanging out on a train station and drinking beer instead of saying: Hey, you got an idea, do it.


That's not encouraging. Logical thinking would be: Ok, the state has less money due to unemployment and more welfare payments. So let's get rid of at least some rules and give them more freedom to TRY. Give them perspective.


But fucking NO. Keep people DEPENDENT.


That's why I leave Switzerland. I guess, If I were an American I'd be a libertarian in some ways.


I mean, let people TRY whatever they want. If they fail, ok, if they succeed, ok. But forget all those fucking regulations. It only serves who ?


The BIG ones. They don't like small ones to come up.




And I won't miss Fondue, snow and mountains, believe me. I always hated cheese ;-)


Stone-Eater Added Oct 7, 2017 - 10:20am
BTW: We have one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Now guess why....
Leroy Added Oct 7, 2017 - 10:48am
The big question is do you miss Swiss Miss?
Stone-Eater Added Oct 7, 2017 - 11:08am
Beg you pardon ? No comprende. Which "Swiss Miss" ?
Katharine Otto Added Oct 7, 2017 - 11:25am
I couldn't have said it better, myself.  Insurance is a bottomless pit, and it profits from fear and distrust.  It sounds like Switzerland has gone further down this path than the US, but we're headed that way fast.  Add that to government controls, and you have a stagnant or backwards-moving economy.
No way would I start a business in this environment.  Up front overhead forces people to go into debt before they make the first penny in income.  And, there are no guarantees of income.  Working from behind from the get-go.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Oct 7, 2017 - 11:37am
Very low tolerance for bullshit Stone. I hear ya. Having someone between me and whatever purveyor of the bullshit du jour is an absolute necessity. What little there is here is easy and cheap to have a fixer to solve. 
Leroy Added Oct 7, 2017 - 1:16pm
"Beg you pardon ? No comprende. Which "Swiss Miss" ?"
Hot chocolate.  You mean it's not really Swiss?
opher goodwin Added Oct 7, 2017 - 1:40pm
SEF - You can't beat the warmth of friendship and a genuine community. No money can buy that.
EXPAT Added Oct 7, 2017 - 3:07pm
YES! Being taken care of, is not part of the human psyche. Earning, doing, creating, is what gives us self esteem. That is what the socialist, liberal, welfare, Nanny's fail to understand.
I am a MAN, not a PET!
I have understood this since I earned my first Quarter(.25 cents) at age 5.
The fish you catch yourself, always tastes best. The dollar you earn, always has the most value. A man is not a farm animal, where you provide fodder, a veterinarian, a barn and either let it reproduce(Right to lifer), or you nutter it and allow it to have free sex (Choice).
We as people need a purpose in life, not just life itself. I have written articles and commented often on 100% employment. That is bottom line after Capitalism takes the top producers, and entrepreneurship, allows the creative, there is always social work that  needs to be done.
People helping people has rewards that Stone is missing in Switzerland.
Tubularsock Added Oct 7, 2017 - 7:00pm
SEF, relax. Tubularsock, through his TIIE,Ltd has just the plan for you, my friend.
Tubularsock International Insurance Exchange, Ltd will insure YOU from insurance companies that hinder your trust in your future.
Best Rates, Best Service, But Security.
Send any large denomination currency stacked in brown lunch bags. The more brown lunch bags the more you are insured against insurance. Simple, right?
To: TIIE, Ltd.
P.O. Box 666
Cayman Island
opher goodwin Added Oct 7, 2017 - 7:26pm
Tub - can I get some of that insurance too??
opher goodwin Added Oct 7, 2017 - 7:28pm
Expat - We as people need a purpose in life, not just life itself. So true. Creativity does it for me. That's why I write.
Tubularsock Added Oct 7, 2017 - 7:43pm
OG, It's on the way. Always makes one feel protected from the protection.
Tikno Added Oct 7, 2017 - 11:53pm
Stone, it seems you like the social touch of eastern culture - about neighborhood, friendship, social interaction. Unfortunately you do not share a unique part of Switzerland.
One more a fresh article for me on WB that drive me to click "Like" ;-)
opher goodwin Added Oct 8, 2017 - 4:45am
Tub - I feel safer already. Thanks.
George N Romey Added Oct 8, 2017 - 10:39am
This is how the system has been designed. Make everyone poor by the Capitalist state then let the government hand out tokens. Keep everyone sedated and Compliant.
opher goodwin Added Oct 8, 2017 - 10:44am
George - you cynic you. I thought it was designed to create a poor, hungry workforce who would be prepared to work for peanuts in order to maximise profits.
Tubularsock Added Oct 8, 2017 - 1:52pm
Opher goodwin, are you part of the peanut cartel?
Ric Wells Added Oct 8, 2017 - 3:06pm
Stone. I'll say the same thing I wrote to Expat. You are moving because you want to.
Dave Volek Added Oct 8, 2017 - 10:14pm
SEF: You just got tubularsocked! Congratulations.
Great article with a  perspective I would not have considered.
Mark Hunter Added Oct 9, 2017 - 5:21am
Governments do love their red tape.
Stone-Eater Added Oct 9, 2017 - 3:35pm
Thanks for all your replies !
Stone-Eater Added Oct 9, 2017 - 3:36pm
If I can get you clients we share the "benefit" LOL
Stone-Eater Added Oct 9, 2017 - 3:40pm
Not really "Eastern" culture - Africa is south from here ;-) I simply like a culture where people work together and help each other and where no useless bureaucracy jobs are created for people who live by useless paperwork they create in order to get their "salary" off people who WORK LOL
Stone-Eater Added Oct 9, 2017 - 3:45pm
Although I'm not a huge fan of Texas as a state, I think you'd love it there.
Could be. I was really on good terms with Canadians, Australians and Kiwis when I worked there. I prefer people who are direct and tell you in your face if they think you're an asshole, or the opposite. Swiss people are mostly talking behind other people's back, and I hate that.
I guess Texas could be similar. I haven't been there, the states I know pretty well are NY, Florida, California, Washington and Montana. And guess what ? The best time I had in Montana LOL
Stone-Eater Added Oct 9, 2017 - 3:46pm
Thanks !
Stone-Eater Added Oct 9, 2017 - 3:49pm
That's exactly what I don't need - BOTH worlds :-) That's why I live and work in places where I don't have to meet arrogant Whites who fucked up at home and play Colonial King in Africa.
BTW: I only talk of West Africa, of course. Can't judge SA since I've never lived there.
Stone-Eater Added Oct 9, 2017 - 3:50pm
Yep !