The Model for Socialist Utopia in Sweden Was an Epic Fail

From The Federalist

Sweden stood as the world’s fourth wealthiest country nearly five decades ago. Its taxes were lower than most western countries, including the United States. The economy was deregulated, and public spending was hardly above 10 percent gross domestic product (GDP).

But Sweden was soon teetering on the brink of collapse from its experiment with socialism.

“Free markets and small government made Sweden rich,” said Swedish economist and Cato Institute fellow Johan Norberg. “The experiment with socialism crashed us.”

……The Swedes were hardworking, optimistic, wealthy, and trusting of their politicians. As programs were implemented in the ’70s and ’80s, public spending almost doubled and labor markets became regulated. The new welfare state, however, appeared to enhance Sweden’s already strong economy with large-scale redistribution and high taxes.

This brief period when socialism seemed to work is the model promoted by Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Norberg said at a The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) event last week. Today, 36 percent of Americans are sympathetic to socialism compared to only 9 percent of Swedes. That’s because Sanders and AOC only point to the 30-year episode of socialism’s artificial success before Sweden crumbled under its reality.

“The problem with these policies is that they began to erode the foundations for a successful society,” Norberg said.

Reversing Sweden’s traditions of small government and an open economy disintegrated its successful business climate. Big companies like IKEA either evaded taxes or left the country. Athletes like Björn Borg and entrepreneurs fled the country. High inflation raged and not a single net job was created in the private sector.

The new generation raised in socialism had no incentives to work. The once healthy population began calling in sick because of the generous benefits for sick days. They shamelessly accepted the public benefits that their hardworking parents once despised.

Sweden not only fell from being the 4th richest country to the 14th richest country, but its very nature as a country changed. An authoritarian-like government was necessary to ensure the population did not abuse its welfare system. Sweden’s democracy was sliding into a dictatorship, and the Swedish people were not pleased.

The system began crashing after debt-fueled inflation in the ’80s. The ’90s were stained with a massive economic crisis. Banks were on the brink of collapse and, for a brief moment, the Central Bank had 500 percent interest rates to defend the Swedish currency.

Sweden agreed that socialism was not working. In fact, it was a disaster.

“Some of the government’s programs were unsustainable, some of the policies were absurd, and the tax system was perverse,” Norberg said quoting a Swedish Social Democratic finance minister.

The 30-year experiment “was a brief interlude of failure,” Norberg said. To reform and save its economy, Sweden reverted back to its capitalist structure. It reduced public spending by a third, demolished taxes on property and inheritance, and reduced taxes in other areas. Defined benefits were cut and only defined contributions were permitted.

……Swedish healthcare became regionally run and funded by local state tax. Overconsumption had created long hospital lines depriving those with urgent needs of immediate attention. These kinds of inefficiencies of the universal programs caused Sweden to open to more private companies.

“Swedish Socialism is the longest way from Swedish capitalism to Swedish capitalism,” Norberg said.

Americans have a vital lesson to learn from Sweden’s experiment.

 

Take a good look at what happens when populations become dependent on big government.

Liberal socialist experiments on populations in places like Seattle and San Francisco  have proven to be disastrous. They’re riddled with poverty, homelessness, disease, illegal aliens, and deterioration. In other words, they’re on their way to being Venezuela.

 

 

Related posts:

https://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/american-free-enterprise-vs-socialist-kleptocracy/

https://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/that-awful-noise-you-hear-is-the-collapse-of-euro-socialism/

 

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NYT Publishes Propaganda Piece by Taliban

As if this rag didn’t already have zero integrity and credibility, it’s peddling pro-Taliban propaganda.

Via Breitbart

The New York Times on Thursday published an op-ed written by Sirajuddin Haqqani, deputy leader of the Taliban and a globally designated terrorist with a $5 million FBI reward on his head.

Haqqani used the opportunity extended by the Times to recite Taliban propaganda and lay out the terrorist organization’s terms for peace in Afghanistan.

The FBI wants Haqqani for “questioning in connection with the January 2008 attack on a hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed six people, including an American citizen.” He is also wanted for participating in attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan and planning the attempted assassination of former Afghan President Hamid Karzai in 2008.

Haqqani is not only deputy commander of the Taliban but also the operational commander of the Haqqani Network, the infamous criminal gang and internationally designated terrorist organization allied with the Taliban that is responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and kidnappings, including U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl. Sirajuddin Haqqani’s father Jalaluddin, founder of the network, died after a long illness several years ago.

The New York Times did not see fit to provide any of this background information to readers, identifying Sirajuddin Haqqani as merely “deputy leader of the Taliban.”

In his op-ed, Haqqani portrayed the Taliban as reasonable negotiators appalled by the loss of life in Afghanistan, excusing his group’s atrocities and remorseless attacks on civilians as justified acts of self-defense. He blamed the United States for undermining previous efforts at working out a peace deal.

“We did not choose our war with the foreign coalition led by the United States. We were forced to defend ourselves. The withdrawal of foreign forces has been our first and foremost demand. That we today stand at the threshold of a peace agreement with the United States is no small milestone,” Haqqani wrote.

The terrorist leader claimed that his side stuck with the current round of negotiations despite “the intensified bombing campaign against our villages by the United States and the flip-flopping and ever-moving goal posts of the American side.”

Haqqani claimed the Taliban are just looking for a round of free and fair elections, laughably pretending the murderous Islamist extremists would cheerfully accept losing and head back to their caves in peace if the Afghan people reject them….

……This would be the same Taliban that gleefully murders young women for the crime of going to school and regards democracy as a crime against Islam punishable by death.

 

 

 

The Taliban is still spreading their own unique kind of atrocities in Afghanistan, especially the way it treats the female population.  Islam is great for women, if you prefer stonings, beatings, maiming, beheadings“honor killings”rape, attempted murder and genital mutilation, in accordance with a violent theocracy that justifies those atrocities with their koran.

They also strangle children and force them to step on bombs.

When the Taliban filth took over Afghanistan after the Soviets were kicked out, beheadings and floggings became commonplace for minor transgressions against Islam. Music, television, and the Internet were banned. Men were forced to wear beards, women were forced to wear head-to-toe Burkas, and they were beaten if they did not comply. Girls were forbidden to attend school. Women were prohibited from working outside the home or being in public without a male relative.  Those who did were beaten or shot, by officers of the “ministry for the protection of virtue and prevention of vice.”

The Taliban has the blood of US Soldiers on its hands, but the shitbags at the New York Times think they deserve a platform for their opinions.

A side note: When deserter Bowe Bergdahl defected to the Taliban, 6 US Soldiers were killed by Taliban terrorists while looking for the worthless piece of shit.

The New York Times is a sewer of rancid leftist reprobates.

The staff reads like the Who’s Who of the Fifth Column.  One of their reporters was caught organizing for the ‘Occupy’ thugs.  They performed fellatio on Obama for 8 years. 

They declared that any speech you dislike is ‘an act of violence’.

One of their hacks smeared military veterans as “KKK”, another contributor insisted that America should get rid of the Constitution, and at least one of their former editors admitted that their Prog world view ‘bleeds through the paper’s fabric’.

They also published a murder porn story about President Trump and printed some tripe by Vladimir Putin that mocked American exceptionalism.

In a perfect world, Al Qaeda would have brought down the building at 620 8th Ave, New York, NY.

 

 

 

 

Steve Scalise Burns Ellison on His Claim About Bernie Supporters

James Hodgkinson’s attempted murder of Rep. Steve Scalise during his rampage at a GOP baseball game, must have slipped Ellison’s mind.

Ellison’s claim was met with a barrage of examples.  The assclown didn’t have to wait long.

WaPo: Elites Should Run Elections

Because the rest of us are unworthy peasants.

From Zero Hedge

The Washington Post is taking heat over a Tuesday op-ed authored by Marquette University political science professor Julia Azari, titled “It’s time to give the elites a bigger say in choosing the president.”

Azari argues that the Democratic party’s primary process is overly-complicated and convoluted, and the process of choosing the nominee should instead be placed in the hands of politicians instead.

After outrage ensued, the Post changed the headline to the far less inflammatory “It’s time to switch to preference primaries.”

 

The article reads:

“The current process is clearly flawed, but what would be better? … A better primary system would empower elites to bargain and make decisions, instructed by voters.

One lesson from the 2020 and 2016 election cycles is that a lot of candidates, many of whom are highly qualified and attract substantial followings, will inevitably enter the race. The system as it works now — with a long informal primary, lots of attention to early contests and sequential primary season that unfolds over several months — is great at testing candidates to see whether they have the skills to run for president. What it’s not great at is choosing among the many candidates who clear that bar, or bringing their different ideological factions together, or reconciling competing priorities. A process in which intermediate representatives — elected delegates who understand the priorities of their constituents — can bargain without being bound to specific candidates might actually produce nominees that better reflect what voters want.”

Instead of primaries in which caucuses are held to pick primary delegates, Azari suggests that the parties should use “preference primaries” which would “allow voters to rank their choices among candidates, as well as to register opinions about their issue priorities.”

This would allow the ‘elites’ to choose a nominee based on what the voters want – a strategy Azari admitted is “labor-intensive and a little risky,” according to Breitbart.

 

Actually, the idea is for the elites to nominate their own candidate and ignore the Constitution and the voters.

The Demleft divides us into two classes of people: Those who believe in socialist agenda they push, and the unwashed heathens who refuse to buy their shit sandwich.

Now along comes another pompous effete WaPo assclown to inform the ignorant masses that elites know what’s good for them.

And they can’t figure out why Trump won and will be re-elected.

 

Related posts:

https://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2018/11/20/self-loathing-voters-elect-dems-who-hate-them/

https://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2018/12/05/dem-senator-hirono-we-have-a-hard-time-connecting-with-voters-because-were-so-smart/

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