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Monday, January 7, 2019
Sweden Not Socialist Even Though Ocasiso-Cortez Thinks So
A documentary on Stossel TV carries the real story by Swedish historian Johan Norberg and is excerpted below (emphases mine): "Sweden is not socialist—because the government doesn’t own the means of production. To see that, you have to go to Venezuela or Cuba or North Korea," says Norberg.
He continues: "We did have a period in the 1970s and 1980s when we had something that resembled socialism: economy was going south."
Per capita gross domestic product fell. Sweden’s growth fell behind other countries. Inflation increased. One writer of childrens’ books for example, found herself paying 102% tax. Yet even those high taxes did not bring in enough money to fund Sweden’s big welfare state.
"People couldn’t get the pension that they thought they depended on for the future," recounts Norberg. "At that point the Swedish population just said, ‘Enough, we can’t do this’.
So they cut public spending, privatized the national rail network, abolished certain government monopolies, eliminated inheritance taxes, and sold state-owned businesses
As a result, says Norberg, his "impoverished peasant nation developed into one of the world’s richest countries."
"Today our taxes pay for pensions—you (in the U.S.) call it Social Security—for 18-month paid parental leave, government-paid childcare for working families," says Norberg.
But Sweden’s government doesn’t run all those programs. "Having the government manage all of these things didn’t work well."
So they privatized.
"We realized in Sweden that with these government monopolies, we don’t get the innovation that we get when we have competition," says Norberg.
Sweden even switched to a school voucher system. That allows parents to pick their kids’ school and forced schools to compete for the voucher money."
The article concludes "Next time you hear Democratic Socialists talk about how socialist Sweden is, remind them that the big welfare state is funded by Swedes’ free-market practices, not their socialist ones" Sweden Not Socialist
Posted by Blogger at 12:08 PM