-- Should the Canadian health care system become more like the U.S.'s? Probably not.
-- Are bank robberies a counter-cyclical activity? Probably (at least in Spain).
-- Does Condorcet's Theorem support mass democracy? Probably not.
-- Has increased income inequality resulted in increased social inequality? It depends.
-- Has the U.S./Japan alliance benefitted the world? Joseph Nye says "definitely", and that the alliance should continue:
In the early 1990's, many Americans regarded Japan as an economic threat. Some people - in both countries - viewed the security alliance as a Cold War relic to be discarded.
These trends were reversed by the Clinton administration's 1995 "East Asia Strategy Report." In 1996, the Clinton-Hashimoto Declaration stated that the US-Japan security alliance was the foundation for stability that would allow growing prosperity in post-Cold War East Asia. That approach has continued on a bipartisan basis in the US, and polls show that it retains broad acceptance in Japan. Most close observers of the relationship agree that the US-Japan alliance is in much better shape today than 15 years ago. ...
Given today's agenda, there is enormous potential for an equal partnership, working with others, in the provision of global public goods that will benefit the US, Japan, and the rest of the world. That is why I remain optimistic about the future of the US-Japan alliance.
ht to Attackerman for the Nye article.