If it seems like we’ve just returned from Spring Break and it’s way too soon to be taking off again, you’re correct on both counts. However, since returning, we’ve been primarily focused on the battle between Hillary Clinton’s centrist economic positions (to put it kindly) and Bernie Sanders’ far left European-like message. But in doing so, that intense focus exposed so many interesting dichotomies between the candidate’s plans to address things like poverty, income inequality and what a living wage should look like, we realized, this story would be better told from the outside in.
Since Spain’s current struggle to form a coalition government is essentially centered around how far left that coalition will be, it made sense to go there and see what they’re trying to do and how they’re going to get it done. We need to talk to the people up close and personal. We need to see what’s important to them and what’s not. We need to see how they live, play, work and share their lives. We need to see if the people are happy, healthy and feel secure. We need to see how different a far left socialist leaning lifestyle looks and functions.
We think Americans need to explore other economic models more often and more carefully, if not only for comparison and verification purposes. How else can Americans know for sure if America really is as exceptional as the hype artists say it is. If we don’t take a look for ourselves every now and then, we could be sold all kinds of lies about how the capitalist model is the best thing since sliced French bread. Never believe what “they” say, believe what you see.
Bottom line: These observations can’t be made from behind a computer monitor. So, we brushed up on the Spanish, grabbed the passport, the toothbrush, clean underwear, the tablet, the cell phone, a few Euros and some trail-mix for an eight hour flight in coach across the Atlantic. And with any luck, we should be back in two weeks with some cool stories and fresh new ideas to help us all better appreciate alternative views and possibilities being considered in other places around the world.
The Podcast below