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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Why Can’t We Be More Like Sweden?

 

Why can’t we be more like Sweden? Boy, I never thought I’d write those words, but I just did. You may ask in what way would I like the US to be more like Sweden? Well, it turns out they are the only country in the western world in which the government has not unilaterally shut down society in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, they are just as interested in the economic, social, and psychological health of their citizens as they are in minimizing death and illness from the coronavirus. They are, therefore, treating their citizens as responsible, rational adults.

So far, Sweden has closed its borders to non-EU nations, has restricted public gatherings to less than 50 people, and, well, that’s about it for enforced prohibitions. Otherwise, the government has issued a number of advisories including asking people to practice social distancing, work from home if possible, students over 16 are asked to study from home, and those 70 and over are urged to self-isolate. Most private businesses remain open, restaurants still offer table service, private meetings and parties continue apace, and elementary schools are open. This does not mean that Sweden has not yet felt any pain from the virus. According to the NBC News article I linked to as of March 31, Sweden had recorded approximately 4,500 cases of coronavirus and 180 deaths therefrom.

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So there’s Virginia, where their Minstrel Governor plans to take guns away from law abiding citizens. Virginia is for lovers (if not for their unwanted progeny): as soon as Virginia’s police officers have disarmed the people, gun violence will all-but-cease, and any residual danger to the already-born citizenry will be handled expertly by the appropriate […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. NY Times Finally Finds a Downside to Mass, Unregulated Immigration

 

In the United States, mass, unregulated immigration is seen as the key to a permanent, Democrat governing majority when third-world migrants and their offspring tip every large red state to blue. This majority will, in turn, impose the full panoply of Nordic taxes and welfare services. For the sake of cheap labor (and a welfare-funded consumer market), big business is firmly in the camp of supporting the mass importation of the very voters that will destroy the capitalist system, thus fulfilling Lenin’s prophecy that “the capitalist will sell you the rope you will hang him with.”

In Sweden, on the other hand, some see mass immigration as a potential threat to the socialist welfare system.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Socialism Like . . . Sweden?

 

A few months ago Ricochet member @mattyvan put up a great post about Sweden, Sweden. Lessons for America? , which included an hour long documentary about Sweden’s economy. Since then we have seen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez become one of the most popular young Democrats and one of the oldest, Bernie Sanders, announce that he will run for president in 2020. With admitted socialist becoming more and more more prominent, it might be worth revisiting this topic.

While Cuba and Venezuela give us good examples of what socialism can do to a country, they do not exactly tell a happy story. So, the folks promoting “Democratic Socialism” are telling us to look to Sweden as an example of what we can do in America. The problem is, Sweden doesn’t really fit the model of what Bernie and company are trying to sell.

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(The current riots and car-burnings in Sweden reminded me of this post from 2013) The government of Sweden didn’t do a very good job of protecting its citizens and their property from the rampant rioting that took place in late May. Government agents did, however, fulfill their duty of issuing parking tickets…to burned-out cars. More

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for July 25, 2018 number 185!!! it’s the Theybie Morons edition of the show with your definitely not-moronic hosts, radio guy Todd Feinburg and dedicated AI-bot Mike Stopa.

This week we bring you two topics from the culture wars, the gender wars, the what are they doing to that baby?!? wars.

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It’s apparently a real thing, at least in Sweden. But, is Sweden real? More

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What we know now is that one or more assailants hijacked a truck in central Stockholm and drove a truck into a crowd on the busiest street in the city at 2:53 pm, just ahead of the Friday afternoon rush.

Three people have been confirmed dead and 15 or more are seriously injured, all of the hospitals are on high alert, and all public transport has been shut down, including the traffic in and around the central station.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to President Trump ordering missile strikes against a Syrian airfield in retaliation for Syria’s use of chemical weapons. They also discuss another terrorist attack involving a truck, this time in Stockholm. They’re stunned to see reports that Trump may be considering replacing his top two advisers. And they welcome Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

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I ran across an article on Big Think that I thought some might find interesting. A naturalized Swedish citizen has launched an international competition through his The Global Challenges Foundation for an award called New Shape. The Swede feels that current systems are inadequate and that he is willing to pony up $5 million to […]

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(My inspiration for putting up the Sweden series is that our prez, who is always (shall we say) more concerned with the larger picture than boring details and not so concerned with (shall we say) precise word choice, has – again – misspoken. As is often the case, though, his misspeaks may show a deeper […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Bernie and I Gotta Tell Ya, the Swedish Way Works! (Part One)

 

Except I’m talking about the historical Swedish way. Bernie is talking about the modern Swedish fairytale. With Sweden back in the news, here’s Part One of a two part series from Dancing On the Edge of the Widening Gyre. We’ll look a bit at the “immigration and crime” controversy, among other things, in Part Two.

The Swedish system is the vaunted Socialist Third Way, proof that, done right, socialism works. Actually, by Mises’s classical liberal definition, the Swedish Way might more accurately be called fascism that works. That is, much of the Third Way is not state ownership of the means of production but private ownership under state planning and control. Whatever. If you wish to call it socialism, you could make that case. However, if it’s socialism, it’s nice socialism; no gulags, purges, or kangaroo courts. Likewise, if it’s fascism, it’s nice fascism; no death camps, government-sponsored mobs in the streets, or ultranationalism. Call it either. The point is, the Third Way works.

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32 American lobsters were captured off the coast of Sweden. Unreliable sources say the Americans were trying to lure young Swedish females into hot tubs of drawn butter. One victim, “They just wouldn’t stop clawing me.” More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Boy Named Lucia

 

15420922_10154208922519072_7420073817290444484_nEvery year around this time, Sweden celebrates the feast of Saint Lucia, a Christian martyr who according to legend brought aid to persecuted Christians in the dead of night, her head adorned by a candle-lit wreath. This is commemorated yearly by a reenactment, usually performed by children, carrying candles and singing Christian songs.

Most major Swedish companies do their best to capitalize on this cutesy tradition, but this year Åhlens, one of the largest department store-chains in the country, decided to go above and beyond the traditional and the ordinary. On the cover of the Christmas edition of their company magazine as well as their website, they chose to use a young black boy as the Lucia-model, dressed in the traditional gown and wreath, and the internet lost its collective mind. The comments ranged from “this is genocide on white people” and “A disgusting affront on Nordic tradition” to the more blunt “You make me puke.” Just a few days after the picture was published it had to be taken down after the boy’s mother asked the company to protect the boy from what ended up being a racist hate-storm.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Competitive Capitalism vs. Cuddly Capitalism: Which Is Better?

 

shutterstock_278463809Europe is a rich, well-educated, orderly place. And many Americans not only like to visit and do business there, but also see it as an aspirational economic model.

Well, not Greece and Italy so much, but certainly the Nordic nations. Many progressive Democrats really have a thing for Scandinavia and its egalitarian social democracies. “I think we should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden, and Norway, and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people,” Bernie Sanders said during one of his debates with Hillary Clinton. And there are certainly Europeans who agree. For instance, I recently had a long chat with by Anu Partanen, a New York-based Finnish and American journalist, about her book “The Nordic Theory of Everything.”

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Sweden the Left Never Talks About

 

twenty20_9bf9c922-5db7-4bb7-9d2f-489488c59803_sweden-e1474057995263One of my Twitterverse friends passes along this 2014 report on the liberalization of Sweden’s economy:

This report describes the history of reforms implemented in Sweden from the early nineties onwards. In the 1990s, the entire tax system was reformed, a public expenditure ceiling was put in place, collective wage bargaining found an entire new form, Sweden entered the EU, state owned monopolies became subject to competition and the fixed exchange rate was abolished. Moreover, privately owned companies were allowed to start schools and enter healthcare markets. Also, completion legislation was strengthened thereby reducing the number of cartels and their impact.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Child Care Proposals: Be Like Sweden?

 

ivanka-trump-donald-trumpThere may be valid criticisms of the Trump (Ivanka as much as Donald) childcare proposal, but the New York Times and the Huffington Post did not find them. As is always the case with new proposed social spending, the New York Times chides the United States for being so very retrograde:

Within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a consortium of 35 countries, including the world’s wealthiest, the United States stands out as the only nation that does not already guarantee paid maternity leave.

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The headline says “Extremism is on the rise among Swedish teenagers.” What it does not say is what form the extremism takes. In fact, if you read the article, no description of the extremism appears anywhere in the first four paragraphs. (I was reading the article with my fingers crossed, hoping it would be extremism […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. We Used to be Warriors

 
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By User: David Newton – Swedish War Flag and Naval Ensign

We used to be warriors. We used to make things, and break things, and fight for our lives. We used to have farms here, the people were quiet but proud and never asked anything of anyone. They took pride in the type of honesty that never really got you anywhere fancy but made sure you ended up right. But that was a long time ago.

Last week, the Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, was interviewed in the Financial Times and the old union-boss-turned-Social-Democrat-powerhouse used this international platform to complain about the Swedish voters and what he sees as their “surreal outlook” on government finances. “All the numbers are going in the right direction,” Löfven said, and went on to say that he couldn’t fathom why everyone is obsessed with immigration when the Swedish economy is strong and immigration is far from the cataclysm we saw a few months ago.

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