What the Swedish government doesn’t like to talk about is that it is already rolling back on some of its policies out of necessity, gradually re-privatising for example, much of the failing public health system.

One of the benefits of a parliamentary system is that (as some cynics would say) the people get to decide who their dictators will be for the next period in time.

For years, my nephew in Sweden was “disabled” due to a minor back problem which wouldn’t have been given a second look in the US. So, for all of his 20’s, he got a little government check which maintained him just fine, since for that entire period he simply lived with his parents in their tiny, kind of shitty government provided apartment.

Well, one day he got a letter from the government telling him that, miracle of miracles, he’d been cured!!! (And the date his checks would stop coming in , along with a strong suggestion that he get off his government-facilitated lazy ass and get a job. He was about 30 at the time.)

So, he got up off the couch, got a job, and amazingly, within the next year or so, got married, moved out of his parents apartment, got their own place, and now has a couple of kids.

Anyway, you could never make a change like that in the US. You can only increase benefits, never decrease them. If they tried to do that here, Bernie Sanders would be screaming about the evil Republicans and the news media would be digging up my nephew and dramatizing the hell on how stingy it all was and Elizabeth Warren would be burning Republicans in effigy.

It is simply not true, the larger the welfare state, the better the society.

Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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