Sunday, March 3, 2013

Does the US need to be more like Sweden?

Anti-capitalists have, for over 30 years or so, loved to point to Sweden and proclaim the effectiveness of their soft-socialist, social democracy approach as empirical support for massive governmental control over society.  And, for 30 years or so, they have been telling half-truths and spreading faulty ideas.  In this article by Sandy Ikeda at The Freeman, we learn that, in reality, the left's beloved "Swedish Model" has been steadily morphing into something much closer to capitalism than socialism over the last 20 years.  As Ikeda notes, Sweden's economic freedom ranking has steadily rising over that time period while, alas, ours has continued to slide south.  In other words, Sweden is becoming more capitalist and we're becoming more socialist (or, to be technical, more fascist, actually).  Ikeda's informative article is here.
and taxation, and monetary profligacy
So does the U.S. have to follow, say, hapless Greece—with its bloated welfare state, strangling regulation and taxation, and monetary profligacy—before our crony-capitalist system develops cracks wide enough for enough of us to see that embracing liberty and rejecting st - See more at: http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/the-new-swedish-model#axzz2MKD5Utgq
So does the U.S. have to follow, say, hapless Greece—with its bloated welfare state, strangling regulation and taxation, and monetary profligacy—before our crony-capitalist system develops cracks wide enough for enough of us to see that embracing liberty and rejecting st - See more at: http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/the-new-swedish-model#axzz2MKD5Utgq
So does the U.S. have to follow, say, hapless Greece—with its bloated welfare state, strangling regulation and taxation, and monetary profligacy—before our crony-capitalist system develops cracks wide enough for enough of us to see that embracing liberty and rejecting statism is our last, our best, and our only hope?
I’m afraid our economy will have to look much more like the Greeks’ before we’ll muster the will to follow the example of the Swedes.
- See more at: http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/the-new-swedish-model#axzz2MKD5Utgq
So does the U.S. have to follow, say, hapless Greece—with its bloated welfare state, strangling regulation and taxation, and monetary profligacy—before our crony-capitalist system develops cracks wide enough for enough of us to see that embracing liberty and rejecting statism is our last, our best, and our only hope?
I’m afraid our economy will have to look much more like the Greeks’ before we’ll muster the will to follow the example of the Swedes.
- See more at: http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/the-new-swedish-model#axzz2MKD5Utgq
So does the U.S. have to follow, say, hapless Greece—with its bloated welfare state, strangling regulation and taxation, and monetary profligacy—before our crony-capitalist system develops cracks wide enough for enough of us to see that embracing liberty and rejecting statism is our last, our best, and our only hope?
I’m afraid our economy will have to look much more like the Greeks’ before we’ll muster the will to follow the example of the Swedes.
- See more at: http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/the-new-swedish-model#axzz2MKD5Utgq
So does the U.S. have to follow, say, hapless Greece—with its bloated welfare state, strangling regulation and taxation, and monetary profligacy—before our crony-capitalist system develops cracks wide enough for enough of us to see that embracing liberty and rejecting statism is our last, our best, and our only hope?
I’m afraid our economy will have to look much more like the Greeks’ before we’ll muster the will to follow the example of the Swedes.
- See more at: http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/the-new-swedish-model#axzz2MKD5Utgq