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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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Brexit Finally Happens

Britain has finally extricated itself from the Euro Union idiocy.

From Fox News

The United Kingdom officially left the European Union on Friday, entering into a period of uncertainty after three years of bitter wrangling over Brexit and tense negotiations over the terms of divorce between London and Brussels.

The departure became official at 11 p.m. London time when the clock struck midnight in the Belgian capital, where the EU is headquartered. Thousands of Brexit supporters waving Union Jack flags gathered outside Parliament to celebrate the severing of the 47-year relationship.

A recording of Big Ben’s bells sounded out as crowds sang “God Save the Queen.”

Brexit supporters had been looking forward to this moment since June 23, 2016, when 52 percent of the public voted to walk away from the EU, the successor to the European Communities it joined in 1973. Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the departure “a moment of real national renewal and change.”

“This is the single most important moment in the modern history of our great nation,” Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit Party, told the crowd.

 

 

The “European Union” is a piss-poor socialist disaster. It resulted in the evisceration of national sovereignty, the mass influx of violent criminal muzzie refujihadists, and the implementation of some of the worst economic and domestic policies ever concocted.

Germany, in particular, has disintegrated under the idiocy of Angela Merkel, who serves as an ambassador of Islamofascism.  Her welcome mat for muzzie vermin has reverberated throughout Germany and the Western nations in the EU.

Barky Obama, ever the authoritarian shitbag, threatened to put Britain at ‘the back of the queue’ if they dared to leave. Looks like they couldn’t care less about Barky’s bluster.

Hopefully, this will set the stage for a domino effect; for the rest of the “EU” to become independent again. The catastrophic ‘European Union’ is collapsing from the weight of its own hubris. It can’t happen soon enough.

 

 

 

Related post:

https://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2016/06/24/britain-declares-independence-from-the-disastrous-european-union/

Germany to Force Internet Providers to Hand Over Information on People Accused of ‘Hate Speech’

Führer Merkel is on a rampage.

Via Breitbart

Angela Merkel’s government is preparing a new bill that will force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to hand over data, including passwords, of those accused of engaging in “hate speech” online.
Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht, a member of the Social Democrats (SPD), is preparing the bill, which will force service providers, email hosts, online retailers, and others to give the government the usernames, passwords, IP addresses, and more of suspects, MDR reports.

Lambrecht was slammed by many over the proposal, with Hamburg’s data protection officer Johannes Caspar calling it an attack on privacy.

“The fight against the ugly phenomena of right-wing extremism and hate crime apparently acts as a door opener for a comprehensive expansion of state control powers,” he warned.

 

Note to Caspar: Leftwing extremism ain’t much better, especially when it’s in control of state powers.

 

The German minister defended herself and the bill, claiming that the passwords and data would only be requested as part of a court order and only in serious cases.
“It is not a question of asking for passwords en masse, it is a completely wrong representation and not at all the point and purpose,” she said.

……Germany already has one of the most draconian sets of laws concerning “hate” on social media, including approving legislation imposing fines of up to 50 million euros on social media companies who do not remove hate content in what the government considers a timely manner.

The German authorities are also known to engage in large-scale raids of citizens accused of spreading “hate speech” online, with a 2016 raid seeing 60 homes searched across 14 states.

 

As if Germany’s suicidal “multicultural” policies weren’t enough, the authorities are prosecuting anyone who protests the carnage by  muzzie ‘immigrants’  and also worked out a deal with (*surprise*) Facebook to censor criticism that constitutes “hate speech” in a country that has no equivalent to freedom of speech. Germany has actually made it a crime to criticize Islam on social media.  The German media complies.

Germany’s slide into socialist autocracy and disaster began when Merkel jumped into the political sack with the leftwing Social Democrats and subsequently  opened the floodgates to muzzie invaders.

The U.K.  has the same jackbooted response to political and social dissent.

Here in America, the leftwing owned and operated social media is busy creating a global censorship database and a process to label political opponents “hate agents”.  During the Obama regime, Former AG Loretta Lynch declared a fatwa against what she deemed as “anti-Islamic hate speech”, and the Feds spent nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and ‘hate speech’ on Twitter.

The hag from San Fransisco, aka Nancy Pelosi, thinks your freedom of speech should be curtailed. And she’s not the only one.  Freedom of speech is an exclusive right reserved by Dems, according to leftie New Hampshire legislator, Cynthia Chase. She actually wants to pass a law that “will restrict the ‘freedoms’ that they (conservatives) think they will find here.” Her sentiment is shared by John (band-aid wound) Kerry, Paul KrugmanJay Rockefeller and Sheila Jackson-Lee.
It’s incredible but not surprising how the unhinged moonbats in the Democratic party want to censor everyone but themselves.

The only speech acceptable on leftwing-saturated college campuses is the rhetoric ordained by academic intelligentsia and the radical student body.  And Antifa.

Facebook engages in censorship and outright banning of conservative users and sites.

Twitter is just as bad. Jack Dorsey’s drones ban people whenever they see something they don’t like. An undercover video from Project Veritas shows Twitter employees bragging on their censorship skills against conservatives.

Microsoft announced it will ban accounts that utilize “offensive language.” In other words, whatever Silicon Valley deems “offensive”.

We expect this kind of shit out of communist totalitarian regimes like China, not Western countries, especially the United States, where people expect basic freedoms and the right to voice opinions without being silenced.

If you value your freedoms, monitor and pay attention to what your government is doing. Stand up to the confiscation of your rights and stop the out of control State in its tracks.

 

 

 

Britistan’s Leniency Toward Muzzie Crime

From Jihad Watch

For the bacon at the mosque story and another example of how British “justice” favors Muslims and Islam today, see here. It is clear that Muslims in shattered, staggering, dhimmi Britain today are a protected class, encouraged and enabled in all manner of ways by the government. And it is also clear what will be the result of that fact. As a free society, Britain is finished.

“Teenager sentenced for ‘mindless vandalism’ that desecrated church,” by Jenny Loweth, Telegraph & Argus, October 15, 2019 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

A teenager who was warned by a judge that he was at risk of going to custody for his part in “mindless vandalism” that desecrated a church has been sentenced to a 12-month community order.

Muhammed Mughal, 18, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to criminal damage at All Saints Church, Highfield Lane, Keighley, on December 3 last year.

Mughal, of Cliffe Street, Keighley, was one of a group of youths who did £200 damage to the church, prosecutor Philip Adams told Bradford Crown Court.

They got into the building through an insecure fire door and committed “mindless vandalism.”

The damage included daubing graffiti on the walls, damaging doors, breaking windows and letting off fire extinguishers. A machete the intruders found in the church kitchen was used in course of the offence and found to have Mughal’s DNA on it, Mr Adams said.

The teenager’s barrister, Peter Byrne, stated at the previous hearing that he was 17 at the time with no previous convictions….

Judge Jonathan Rose stated at the first Crown Court hearing that Mughal and his associates had done “inexplicable and appalling damage.”

He warned: “You are at risk of going to custody. This court takes an extremely dim view of those who desecrate a place of worship.”

Sentencing Mughal today, Recorder Dafydd Enoch QC told him that some people mistakenly believed that churches were “fair game” for this type of behaviour.

“They are jolly well not. They are places of importance and sanctity,” he said….

 

Apparently, they jolly well are if all you gave that muzzie punk was a community service slap on the wrist.

If you’re a muzzie who sexually abuses your 11-year-old student, you’ll get spared jail because your wife doesn’t speak English:

 

 

Meanwhile, this guy got jail time for leaving a ham sandwich outside a muzzie terrorist training center:

 

Britain is in the throes of suicide. It allows violent terrorist muzzie pigs onto its soil and the ensuing carnage is condoned by gutless law enforcement.  They murder, rape, and commit acts of terrorism with impunity while citizens who speak out against it are censored, harassed, and prosecuted.

Put a gun to your heads, Britain. It’s faster.

Merkel Finally Admits: ‘Multiculturalism is a Failure’

After flooding her country with thousands of muzzie shitbags, she has an epiphany.

Via Reuters

Germany’s attempt to create a multicultural society has “utterly failed,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, adding fuel to a debate over immigration and Islam polarizing her conservative camp.

Speaking to a meeting of young members of her Christian Democrats (CDU), Merkel said allowing people of different cultural backgrounds to live side by side without integrating had not worked in a country that is home to some four million Muslims.

“This (multicultural) approach has failed, utterly failed,” Merkel told the meeting in Potsdam, south of Berlin.

Merkel faces pressure from within her CDU to take a tougher line on immigrants who don’t show a willingness to adapt to German society and her comments appeared intended to pacify her critics.

She said too little had been required of immigrants in the past and repeated her usual line that they should learn German in order to get by in school and have opportunities on the labor market.

The debate over foreigners in Germany has shifted since former central banker Thilo Sarrazin published a book accusing Muslim immigrants of lowering the intelligence of German society.

Sarrazin was censured for his views and dismissed from the Bundesbank, but his book proved highly popular and polls showed a majority of Germans agreed with the thrust of his arguments.

Merkel has tried to accommodate both sides of the debate, talking tough on integration but also telling Germans that they must accept that mosques have become part of their landscape.

She said on Saturday that the education of unemployed Germans should take priority over recruiting workers from abroad, while noting Germany could not get by without skilled foreign workers.

In a weekend newspaper interview, her Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) raised the possibility of lowering barriers to entry for some foreign workers in order to fight the lack of skilled workers in Europe’s largest economy.

“For a few years, more people have been leaving our country than entering it,” she told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. “Wherever it is possible, we must lower the entry hurdles for those who bring the country forward.”

The German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) says Germany lacks about 400,000 skilled workers.

Yet Horst Seehofer, chairman of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the CDU’s sister party, has rejected any relaxation of immigration laws and said last week there was no room in Germany for more people from “alien cultures.

 

Muzzie refujihadists, rapists, thieves, and assorted other felons have gained access to Germany because this stupid scrunt put out the welcome mat.

The German authorities and media have tried to cover up the crimes because they don’t want to “offend” the muzzie invaders.

As if Germany’s suicidal policies weren’t enough, the authorities are prosecuting anyone who protests the muzzie criminal invasion and also worked out a deal with (*surprise*) Facebook to censor criticism that constitutes “hate speech” in a country that has no equivalent to freedom of speech.

The rise of Islamic terrorism on the European continent started the day they put out the welcome mat for Haji invaders.

Muzzie animals commit massacres across Germany and have engaged in multiple terrorist attacks in France and Belgium, starting with Charlie Hebdo in January, 2015. Evidently, they haven’t had enough carnage. Instead of preventing these muzzie monsters from entering their region and deporting the rest, they prefer to become eunuchs for the New Caliphate.

If Germany, or Europe for that matter, has the courage to save itself, it will oust every last piece of muzzie vermin out of the region and stop any more from coming in.

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