Scandinavian Unexceptionalism: The Failure of Third-Way Socialism

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Another Liberal Meme Promoting Socialism Ripped to Shreds
This meme about Denmark has been virally making its way around the interwebs. It paints a rosy picture of a country where everything is free and people are remarkably happy but that isn’t quite true.

Sanders, Socialism and the Pursuit of Happiness by Michael Swartz
Contrary to the senator’s assertion, socialism doesn’t bring contentment.

Democratic Socialism is Still Socialism — a video from Prager University
What is democratic socialism? What makes it different than regular socialism? Has it been tried? Could it work in the United States? Comedian and political commentator Steven Crowder.

The Swedish Case for Limited Government by Daniel J. Mitchell

Misconceptions about the Nordic Economies by Luis Pablo de la Horra
Far from being socialistic, the economic recipes that have led Denmark or Sweden to have sustainable Welfare States are those usually identified with the free market: deregulated economies and flexible labor markets. Secondly, the burdensome taxation system in the Scandinavian countries is rather regressive; hence, the fiscal burden is essentially borne by low and middle classes.

In One Chart, Everything You Need to Know About Big Government, the Welfare State, and Sweden’s Economy by Daniel Mitchell

5 Myths About Nordic Socialism Peddled By the Left by Nima Sanandaji
In reality, socialism has hurt Nordic countries like Denmark and Sweden. The US should avoid their mistakes, not repeat them.

The Welfare State Has Slowly but Surely Eroded Nordic Character by Daniel Mitchell

Europe’s Welfare States Try Welfare Reform by Nima Sanandaji
Scandinavian nations are abandoning what American progressives call ‘the Nordic model.’

Why would the U.S. want to be like Denmark? by Sierra Rayne

Denmark Teacher Eviscerates Liberals’ Call For “Free Stuff” — from Clash Daily

Scandinavia’s Third Way Policies Killed Entrepreneurship and Growth by Nima Sanandaji

Sweden Isn’t a Good Role Model for Bernie Sanders by Kent Kellar

“Democratic Socialism” Is a Contradiction in Terms by Sandy Ikeda
What Happens When You Try to Combine Democracy with Socialism?

The above title comes from this 2015 report by Nima Sanandaji: Scandinavian Unexceptionalism: Culture, Markets, and the Failure of Third-Way Socialism. It was mentioned by Daniel Mitchell, who has written the following articles on the topic:

Comparing the United States and Nordic Nations: Is American “Inequality” Bad if It Simply Means Some People Get Richer Faster than other People Get Richer?

By Daniel Mitchel:

A Nordic Nightmare for Bernie Sanders

Economic Lessons from the Nordic Countries

Will Denmark Become a Shining Example of Mitchell’s Golden Rule?

The World’s (or at least Denmark’s) Most Depressing PowerPoint Slide

The Punitive Economic Cost of Class-Warfare Taxation

Denmark’s Party Boat and the Ever-Expanding Welfare State

Even Scandinavian Welfare States Realize Too Much Dependency and Too Many Handouts Are Destructive

The Danish Dr.-Jekyll-Mr.-Hyde Paradox and Wagner’s Law

Here are more articles on the topic…

The Denmark Delusion: What the left forgets about the “Scandinavian model” by Scott Sumner

Will a “Socialist” Government Make Us Freer? Voters might want Denmark, but they might get Venezuela by Jason Kuznicki

Mises Was Right: The Hampered Market Is Unsustainable: The “middle way” between free-market capitalism and pure state socialism is doomed by Sandy Ikeda

Dear Progressives: We don’t differ in our values — we only differ in our methods. Capitalism works better than the welfare state by Aniruddha Ravisankar

Why Bernie Sanders Has to Raise Taxes on the Middle Class by Daniel Bier

Is the Public Turning against Capitalism? Free markets are crucified for the sins of government by Marian L. Tupy

Bernie Sanders Thinks the Middle Class Is Deteriorating. He’s Wrong. By Corey Iacono

 

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