Exactly. But, let’s….not let this one go by so easily. It’s dangerous.
In order to tamp down the obvious failures of collective and state ownership wherever it’s been tried, the true socialists on the American left want to muddle the issue by claiming that the European/Canadian/Aussie countries are actually examples of “successful socialism” simply because they have higher taxation rates and more generous social spending than the US.
Trying to equate high taxation/high social spending with socialism is, of course, utter nonsense; Mr. Sanders got caught in this trap during the campaign, when he made constant reference to Denmark as a “successful example of socialism”, whereupon the Danish Prime Minister told him, essentially, to STFU:
If there’s anything close to a true “democratic socialism” in Europe, it’s Norway, but you can pretty much run any governance system you like when you have a tiny population and massive oil revenues. :-) (Ironic. The only way socialism can exist is if it’s funded by capitalism.)
Point here there is a game being played by the US socialists, where they try to pretend that the European nations are socialist, in order to prepare the US political battlefield for a future socialist takeover.
The truth remains, that the Europeans are capitalist nations who have simply set different priorities than the US WRT social spending and taxation.