Copenhagen, from Al Zubin

August 2, 2017 |

 We just visited Copenhagen, Denmark. It's a beautiful city thronging with tourists. Very few Chinese tourists…they were all in Russia. Construction on old and new everywhere. Just below Stockholm on the beautiful woman index. Canals, open squares, spires. All the young people ride bikes and drove Uber out of business. Everyone speaks perfect English. Food and lodging is expensive. Cashless everywhere.

New Nordic cuisine was the rage in all the trendy restaurants.

Denmark used to be feudal society. My theory is there are trickle down effects from ancient history. People stopped at traffic Lights: bikes, pedestrians and cars. Every follows rules, no litter. There is an undercurrent of compliance and social conformity. Those in power positions act high and mighty and expect compliance. Anecdotally a waitress was afraid to bring food problems to a chef. An Airbnb host complained "I am not your servant!"

There was no attitude of self entitlement or the attitude so prevalent in the US that the rules do not apply to me. A similar effect operates in Japan where the nail that sticks up gets pounded down.





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  1. Andre on August 2, 2017 7:24 am

    Did you go to Christiania the anarchist village? Sweden is a lot worse with hyper conformity.

  2. Henrik Thiil Nielsen on August 3, 2017 12:54 pm

    Evidently Al Zubin’s ideal society is one where all citizens believe “that the rules do not apply to me”. I doubt very much whether that is the case in the USA. But of course if that really were the case, it would help explain the fact that such as large part of the US population is incarcerated.


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