The Grass Is Always Greener on the Other Side
Posted by Jan Gindrup
Jan Gindrup spent 21 years serving as a police officer in Denmark. After retiring from the police force, Jan served as a security consultant to a large Danish energy company. He is currently in construction and real estate.
While a small country overloaded with government, Danes pride themselves as being “the envy of the world.” Just like New Zealand. Yet most of the world barely knows where they are. Just like New Zealand. It is a place in which it’s wrong to stand out from the crowd. Just like in New Zealand.
And Danes truly believe that no harm can ever come to or change Denmark. And just like in New Zealand, it’s not true.
As you read Jan’s piece, you will think he is talking about us—another small, insular place cut off in many ways from the rest of the world, a place in which rigid conformity and ever-growing government is both all powerful and yet barely noticed. There is much to learn from his story, including his account of the disastrous “land tax” which Danes now endure–the same sort of “land tax”
morons from Bernard Hickey to Davids Farrar and Parker promote–the sort of tax that amounts to paying rent to the state for living in your own home.
Have you ever thought of life being better somewhere else?
It is often said that the grass is greener on the other side. Could it be that sometimes one’s own grass just has grown so high that one can’t judge the conditions over there?
…Most people, especially Americans, know that Denmark is home to the happiest people in the world and that it is a wonderful fairy-tale country with peace and the best social welfare system ever. The movie Hans Christian Andersen with Danny Kaye probably reinforced that impression. Never mind that no one knows where Denmark is.
Well, here’s a chance to hear from the happiest people on earth and their wonderful little country.
First, let’s look at parts of Danish history that we Danes gladly share with pride:
Denmark used to be a warrior nation. During the Viking Age (approx. 800-1200
AD), we beat the living daylights out of everybody and ruled from Moscow to
America and from the North Pole to Constantinople. In the 16th
century, after fighting mostly each other for a while, we built larger ships,
acquired cannons and beat everybody again. We fought the Swedes, the
Brits and the Germans. We colonized parts of India and Africa, and owned
Iceland, Greenland and the Virgin Islands. We had plantations, freed the slaves,
and made and sold a lot of rum.
Now some parts of Danish history that we are less proud of:
We caught and transported many slaves – slaves that served as the backbone of
the plantations in the Caribbean. In 1801 and 1807, the British attacked
Copenhagen, sank and stole our navy, and burned down
most of the city.
In 1864 we fought the Germans, were beaten yet again, lost a part of our
territory, and since then we have been very tame and have developed a habit of
being very faithful to authority and compliant to bullies. This was sadly the
case with the German invasion during World War II, where the Danish government
tacitly cooperated with the Nazis and condemned partisan freedom fighters, who
were labeled “terrorists.”
In 1917, we sold the Virgin Islands to the United
States for $25 million; in the ’70s, our government gave the oil-drilling rights
to Maersk Shipping, a trade that made the firm and family very wealthy. Many
left-wing politicians cooperated with the Warsaw Pact without consequence, and
in 1972 the politicians got us into the European Union, which has
bureaucratically evolved into the United States of Europe.
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