Debunking Utopia: Exposing the Myth of Nordic Socialism by Nima Sanandaji

By Nima Sanandaji

Left-leaning teachers, liberal pop stars reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen, and Democrat politicians from Bernie Sanders to invoice and Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama all have something in universal: they're avid admirers of Nordic-style social democracy. the reason being easy. before everything look, Nordic nations appear to have every little thing liberals are looking to see in the USA: equivalent source of revenue distribution, solid future health, low degrees of poverty, and thriving economies, all co-existing with massive welfare states. by way of copying Nordic regulations, many within the American left desire to remodel the United States to an analogous socialist utopia.

Debunking Utopia Swedish writer Nima Sanandaji explains why this can be all wishful pondering. definitely, a few facets of Nordic welfare states, comparable to childcare provision, benefit the admiration of liberals. yet total, it's a targeted tradition in keeping with exertions, fit diets, social unity and excessive degrees of belief that experience made Nordic nations profitable. Sanandaji explains how the Nordic humans followed this tradition of luck with a view to live on within the unforgiving Scandinavian weather. He systematically proves that the excessive degrees of source of revenue equality, excessive lifespans and different indicators of social luck within the Nordics all predate the growth of the welfare nation. If something, the Nordic international locations reached their height through the mid-twentieth century, after they had low taxes and small welfare states. possibly such a lot surprising are his findings that Nordic-Americans regularly outperform their cousins who dwell around the ocean. humans of Nordic descent who dwell below the yank capitalist method not just get pleasure from larger degrees of source of revenue, but in addition a decrease point of poverty than the electorate of the Nordic international locations themselves.

Sanandaji's past writings at the roots of Nordic luck have won media recognition worldwide and been translated into many languages. Debunking Utopia, which expands in this paintings, will be learn by means of all liberals and conservatives alike who stick to the talk over the way forward for American welfare. As Sanandaji indicates, there's a lot american citizens can research from either the successes and screw ups of Nordic-style social democracy.

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14 Why do American ideologues and politicians on the left want to copy Nordic policies rather than the policy of Slovenia, which has the highest income equality in the world? Is it because they prefer the policies of Denmark, where taxes amount to 51 percent of the economy (the highest rate in the world) over those in Slovenia, where taxes are 37 percent? 15 Could it be that they prefer a high-tax system? Or is it because they don’t understand that the common feature is the high level of homogeneity among populations whose cultures emphasize individual responsibility?

In the case of the Nordics, we should learn from both. 1 Already in 2013 Sanders wrote extensively on this point, with reference to a meeting with the Danish ambassador. Among others Sanders explained: In Denmark, social policy in areas like health care, child care, education and protecting the unemployed are part of a “solidarity system” that makes sure that almost no one falls into economic despair. Danes pay very high taxes, but in return enjoy a quality of life that many Americans would find hard to believe….

According to a traditional Persian saying, you can learn at least as much from the mistakes of others as from their successes. In the case of the Nordics, we should learn from both. 1 Already in 2013 Sanders wrote extensively on this point, with reference to a meeting with the Danish ambassador. Among others Sanders explained: In Denmark, social policy in areas like health care, child care, education and protecting the unemployed are part of a “solidarity system” that makes sure that almost no one falls into economic despair.

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