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    Default Sweden’s “Third Way” Mixed Economy Model

    The dystopian Euroweenie liberal social welfare state hellhole of Sweden is worth reviewing, and comparing to the largely unregulated anarchocapitalist vision preferred by Trumpettes.

    Sweden’s “Third Way” Mixed Economy Model

    Sweden is the best example of an economic system in between the extremes of free market capitalism and government-owned and controlled socialism.

    The modern image of Sweden is of an egalitarian economy with a high standard of living, a high level of social welfare spending—and a correspondingly high level of taxes.

    One of the primary forms of economic organization that Sweden created, and is still alive today, is the cooperative. Cooperatives share expenses, expertise, risks, and rewards of economic activity. By their very nature, they tend to even out the vagaries of the larger market. This promotes a rather egalitarian outcome in terms of income distribution.

    The abolition of feudalism—serfdom and slavery were outlawed in 1335—also eliminated one of the major class divisions in society and limited how unequal income and wealth could become. Countries that have much longer histories of feudalism, such as France and Spain, tend to have much more hierarchical social structures and much more unequal distributions of income.

    The most controversial aspect of Swedish government policy is the country’s extensive welfare state and income redistribution. Swedish citizens receive free health care, free education through university, high levels of unemployment benefits and pensions, and generous family leave for parents of newborns. The Swedish government also redistributes income in a more comprehensive way than any other government in the world. Sweden ranks 5th in the high-tax category; only Finland, Denmark, France, and Belgium rank ahead of Sweden.

    High taxes can legitimately be said to limit freedom. The Swedish government limits the freedom of Swedish citizens to spend their own money.

    However, the Swedes have decided democratically to give up some of their individual economic freedom to live in a more egalitarian and economically secure society. Swedish elections are fought over the size and comprehensiveness of their welfare state.



    Source credit: Professor Edward F. Stuart, Northeastern Illinois University

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    Down with social fascism

    Long live the immortal science of Marxism-Leninism Mao Zedong Thought
    "Do not think that I came to bring peace... I did not come to bring peace, but a sword." - Matthew 10:34

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    Norway is More "Socialist" than either Venezuela or communist China.

    Norwegian workers are heavily protected, with 70 percent of workers covered by union contracts, and over a third directly employed by the government. The Norwegian state operates a gigantic sovereign wealth fund, and its financial assets total 331 percent of its GDP (as compared to an American figure of 25 percent).

    Meanwhile, its state-owned enterprises are worth 87 percent of GDP.

    Of all the domestic wealth in Norway, the government owns 59 percent, and fully three-quarters of the non-home wealth (as most Norwegians own their home).

    Reliable statistics on the Venezuelan economy are hard to come by, but Norway is unquestionably more socialist than Venezuela according to the above definition.
    Indeed, it is considerably more socialist than supposedly-communist China, where only 31 percent of national wealth is owned by the state.

    Norway is not some destitute hellscape. Indeed, not only are Norwegian stores well-stocked with toilet paper, it is actually considerably more wealthy than the U.S., with a GDP of over $70,000 per person. Even when you correct for the moderately large oil sector (which accounts for a bit less than a quarter of its exports), it still has a cutting-edge, ultra-productive economy — far from some petro-state living off oil rents like Dubai.

    Socially, it routinely ranks as the happiest (2017) or second-happiest (2018) country in the world. The rest of the Nordics are also usually among the top five as well — even more remarkable when you factor in the phenomenon of seasonal affective disorder and the extreme northerly position of the Scandinavian peninsula.

    On a snapshot of other quality-of-life measures, Norway boasts:

    A life expectancy of 81.7 years.
    An infant mortality rate of two per 1,000 live births.
    A murder rate of 0.51 per 100,000.
    An incarceration rate of 74 per 100,000.

    https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/06/29...out-socialism/

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    Actually, the Scandinavian model, and collectively all of the modern Kenyan-Marxist social welfare states of western Europe and North America can be traced back to the intellectual foundations of 19th century liberalism.

    Liberals and Liberalism

    Liberalism became the ideology of the 19th-century middle class. It was an attractive statement of coherent principles founded on the interdependence of personal and collective responsibility between the individual and the state.

    Liberalism, as applied to politics, comprised a complex mix of freedoms, most prominent of which were based on utilitarian values Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832). He believed in government providing the greatest good to the greatest number. Bentham sought tangible ends: He became a proponent of prison and legal reform, including abolition of the death penalty. So Bentham saw an important role for government in creating and delivering programs to relieve the suffering of others.

    But it was John Stuart Mill (1806–1873) who became the most powerful voice of British liberalism in the mid-19th century. Mill’s philosophy was a combination of rationalism, romanticism, and intellectual culture that accompanied middle-class values, such as the cultivation of feelings and the improvement of character. Mill’s most influential work, On Liberty (1859), addressed the idea of freedom, defending the individual’s right of self protection, freedom of speech and expression.

    Mill also argued for an enlarged franchise, as many liberals believed that giving even those without property access to the vote would make them more responsible and better citizens. In addition they advocated penal reform and the universal abolition of slavery. Mill called for the emancipation of women in his most controversial work, The Subjection of Women (1869). Mill again referred to the rights of the individual, the “natural freedoms” possessed by all humankind—male or female—against the “despotism of custom” that limited the rights of women to freely participate in society.

    Generalizing from the platforms and speeches of English and continental leaders, all 19th-century liberals would hold to these basic principles: civil liberty; economic liberty; personal liberty; social liberty; religious liberty; freedom of trade, speech and association; national and international liberty; domestic liberty (that is, freedom and mutual responsibility between husband and wife and the rights of children); the equality of all citizens under the law; and popular sovereignty and the rule of law enacted by free representative assemblies. These were the dreams of 19th-century liberals.

    Liberals did more than theorize: they captured seats in parliaments and national assemblies and formed active, powerful, and often ruling political parties. Liberalism was in essence a middle class movement, dedicated to free trade, extension of the franchise, assault on privilege, and the call for responsible government. In England, the great Reform Bill of 1832 extended the franchise and reduced unrepresentative parliamentary influence. Power was beginning the shift to the prosperous middle classes.

    Source credit: Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett. University of Toronto

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress View Post
    The dystopian Euroweenie liberal social welfare state hellhole of Sweden is worth reviewing, and comparing to the largely unregulated anarchocapitalist vision preferred by Trumpettes.
    https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/...e-trade-lovers

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    Hello Cypress,

    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress View Post
    Norway is More "Socialist" than either Venezuela or communist China.

    Norwegian workers are heavily protected, with 70 percent of workers covered by union contracts, and over a third directly employed by the government. The Norwegian state operates a gigantic sovereign wealth fund, and its financial assets total 331 percent of its GDP (as compared to an American figure of 25 percent).

    Meanwhile, its state-owned enterprises are worth 87 percent of GDP.

    Of all the domestic wealth in Norway, the government owns 59 percent, and fully three-quarters of the non-home wealth (as most Norwegians own their home).

    Reliable statistics on the Venezuelan economy are hard to come by, but Norway is unquestionably more socialist than Venezuela according to the above definition.
    Indeed, it is considerably more socialist than supposedly-communist China, where only 31 percent of national wealth is owned by the state.

    Norway is not some destitute hellscape. Indeed, not only are Norwegian stores well-stocked with toilet paper, it is actually considerably more wealthy than the U.S., with a GDP of over $70,000 per person. Even when you correct for the moderately large oil sector (which accounts for a bit less than a quarter of its exports), it still has a cutting-edge, ultra-productive economy — far from some petro-state living off oil rents like Dubai.

    Socially, it routinely ranks as the happiest (2017) or second-happiest (2018) country in the world. The rest of the Nordics are also usually among the top five as well — even more remarkable when you factor in the phenomenon of seasonal affective disorder and the extreme northerly position of the Scandinavian peninsula.

    On a snapshot of other quality-of-life measures, Norway boasts:

    A life expectancy of 81.7 years.
    An infant mortality rate of two per 1,000 live births.
    A murder rate of 0.51 per 100,000.
    An incarceration rate of 74 per 100,000.

    https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/06/29...out-socialism/
    Wow. Those are far preferable statistics than the USA.

    The hybrid economy model works!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress View Post
    The dystopian Euroweenie liberal social welfare state hellhole of Sweden is worth reviewing, and comparing to the largely unregulated anarchocapitalist vision preferred by Trumpettes.
    Why don't you make the effort to immigrate to Sweden then? Wouldn't that be easier than trying to change an entire country's system of govt.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anonymoose View Post
    Why don't you make the effort to immigrate to Sweden then? Wouldn't that be easier than trying to change an entire country's system of govt.?
    Here's my issue with all the Sweden, Norway, Finland talk. For starters I don't have a problem with looking at how other countries run certain things. It's sort of like businesses with best practices. We can and should always look for ways we can improve things.

    My issue is Sweden is a country of 10 million people, that's not all that bigger than the Bay Area, and is largely all homogeneous and white (although they have had some problems with immigration and diversity in the past few years). It's not comparable to America. Nor does Sweden have anywhere near the influence in the world that America does nor is Sweden looked upon by others around the world for their defense. So look how little they spend on their military. Now no question I think there is a lot of waste in the Pentagon but nonetheless the world as we know it today would not be the same world if America had the military budget Sweden does. It's apples and oranges.

    It's why even Hillary Clinton said in the debates to Bernie that we are not Norway. American is not going to a be a largely all white country of 5 - 10 million people that relies on others for its defense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolverine View Post
    https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/...e-trade-lovers

    Stop you are embarrassing yourself, just say you want to be a slave to the Government, that's all I need you to say!
    Parroting what you heard on the Limbaugh program is neither persuasive nor original.

    Unlike you I know and have met Norwegians and Danes, and none of them feel remotely like slaves to their Kenyan-Marxist hybrid social welfare state

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    Quote Originally Posted by cawacko View Post
    Here's my issue with all the Sweden, Norway, Finland talk. For starters I don't have a problem with looking at how other countries run certain things. It's sort of like businesses with best practices. We can and should always look for ways we can improve things.

    My issue is Sweden is a country of 10 million people, that's not all that bigger than the Bay Area, and is largely all homogeneous and white (although they have had some problems with immigration and diversity in the past few years). It's not comparable to America. Nor does Sweden have anywhere near the influence in the world that America does nor is Sweden looked upon by others around the world for their defense. So look how little they spend on their military. Now no question I think there is a lot of waste in the Pentagon but nonetheless the world as we know it today would not be the same world if America had the military budget Sweden does. It's apples and oranges.

    It's why even Hillary Clinton said in the debates to Bernie that we are not Norway. American is not going to a be a largely all white country of 5 - 10 million people that relies on others for its defense.
    Thanks. Couldn't have said it better. But the moonbats here will never acknowledge that.
    I lived in Germany for three yrs, Italy for one. Believe me, it's better here for those "willing" to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliTalker View Post
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    Wow. Those are far preferable statistics than the USA.

    The hybrid economy model works!
    You can see why the rightwing frantically and dishonestly tries to conflate American liberals with Marxism-Leninism and Soviet Communism, or with Che Guevara latin American leftism.

    Because what liberals actually want - aka, something akin to the Scandinavian model - is a successful and egalitarian economic system which conservatives cannot refute and are desperate to prevent from transpiring in the U.S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress View Post
    Parroting what you heard on the Limbaugh program is neither persuasive nor original.

    Unlike you I know and have met Norwegians and Danes, and none of them feel remotely like slaves to their Kenyan-Marxist hybrid social welfare state
    I provided a link for you, to show they are more capitalist than socialist, so do what you want with that, just keep your democratic socialism out of my country!

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    Hello Cypress,

    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress View Post
    You can see why the rightwing frantically and dishonestly tries to conflate American liberals with Marxism-Leninism and Soviet Communism, or with Che Guevara latin American leftism.

    Because what liberals actually want - aka, something akin to the Scandinavian model - is a successful and egalitarian economic system which conservatives cannot refute and are desperate to prevent from transpiring in the U.S.
    Yes, that explains the musical definitions. They say they don't want socialism, but then when a successful socialism/capitalism hybrid economy model is pointed out, they say 'That's not socialism.'

    I don't care what you call it, that's what makes the most sense.

    Use capitalism where it is appropriate and use socialism where it is appropriate. We can use the best of both worlds and minimize the worst of each through careful and smart selection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliTalker View Post
    Hello Cypress,



    Yes, that explains the musical definitions. They say they don't want socialism, but then when a successful socialism/capitalism hybrid economy model is pointed out, they say 'That's not socialism.'

    I don't care what you call it, that's what makes the most sense.

    Use capitalism where it is appropriate and use socialism where it is appropriate. We can use the best of both worlds and minimize the worst of each through careful and smart selection.
    Rightwingers won't even try to refute that the Scandinavian hybrid model is one the most successful and admired economic systems in human history.

    Of the myriad of excuses they assert for why we cannot emulate it is their claim the system only works for homogenous societies.

    Aka, white societies.

    It is another example of the rightwing telegraphing their racism. Because they clearly do not think dark people can be trusted to be endowed with a generous social welfare state




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