Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Quote of the Day: “Sanders says he wants to make the United States more like Finland, Sweden, and Denmark … ”


“[Bernie] Sanders says he wants to make the United States
more like Finland, Sweden, and Denmark. And those countries
do indeed rank higher than the United States in the Cato
Human Freedom Index … . But Sanders wants
to emulate those countries in the ways they are less free
than the United States … not in the ways they are more free …”

~ Michael Cannon, from his post ‘A Libertarian Argument for Bernie Sanders?



  • “I think of Sweden as a kind of Rorschach test, a kind of psychological test where you have some ink which doesn’t portray a particular picture or anything, but you see what you like to see.
        “You see what you think about in the back of your mind and in your subconscious. So some people see this as a nice, open economy – a globalised, free-trade economy. Others look at the government and think, oh, it’s the perfect, big government, socialist country. And others see other things. It could be free love or the pop music. People tend to like Sweden. That’s something we’re very aware of.”
    No, Sweden Doesn't Have it Figured Out (with Johan Norberg)
  • “If I could put the economics of Bernie Sanders into a nutshell, it would be this: Burden private enterprise with one directive after another, and then demonise it when it ultimately falls down under the awful weight of taxes, higher costs, and mandates. While many people believe that instituting the Sanders economic agenda would help turn the USA into another Sweden or Denmark, the more likely outcome would be turning this country into another Venezuela.”
    The Economics of Bernie Sanders
  • “By now, however, the point should be well made. There might be many things the Left finds attractive about the Nordic model, but it is not the socialist utopia of their imaginings.”
    Socialist utopia proves elusive – Liam Hehir, STUFF
  • “Sweden often gets held up as an example of how socialism can work better than markets. But, as Norberg shows, Sweden’s history in fact points to the opposite conclusion.”
    How Laissez-Faire Made Sweden Rich – Johan Noberg, LIBERTARIANISM.ORG


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