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Stossel: Sweden is Not a Socialist Success

Many individuals assume Sweden is socialist, however its success originates from free enterprises. ———. Subscribe to our You Tube network: Like us on Facebook: … Follow us on Twitter: Subscribe to our podcast at iTunes: Reason is the earth’s leading resource of information, national politics, and also society from a liberal point of view. Go to for a perspective you will not receive from heritage media and also old left-right point of view publications. ———. Democratic socialists in the United States indicate Sweden as a socialist success. But Swedish chronicler Johan Norberg claims, “Sweden is not socialist.”. Norberg holds a docudrama called Sweden: Lessons for America?, in which he keeps in mind that in Sweden, “federal government does not have the methods of manufacturing. To see that you need to go to Venezuela or Cuba or North Korea.”. John Stossel asks Norberg why a lot of Americans assume Sweden is socialist. Norberg responses, “We did have a duration in the 1970 s and also 1980 s when we had something that looked like socialism: a large federal government that strained and also invested greatly.”. But huge federal government brought about troubles. “Our economic situation remained in dilemma, rising cost of living got to 10 percent, and also for a short duration rate of interest skyrocketed to 500 percent. At that direct the Swedish populace simply claimed, ‘Enough, we can not do this,'” Norberg claims. Sweden reduced public costs, privatized the nationwide rail network, eliminated specific federal government syndicates, removed estate tax, offered state-owned services, and also switched over to a college coupon system. It likewise “reduced tax obligations and also changed the pension plan system,” includesNorberg So Stossel asks why we maintain listening to “that Sweden is this socialist heaven.”. Norberg responses: “We do have a larger well-being state than the UNITED STATE and also greater tax obligations than the UNITED STATE But in various other locations, when it concerns free enterprises, when it concerns competitors, when it concerns open market, Sweden is really extra free enterprise.”. He’s right, according to the Heritage Foundation’s Economic FreedomRankings Sweden places greater than the UNITED STATE Norberg likewise informs Stossel that Sweden’s tax obligation system might stunAmericans “This is the unclean little trick …We do not draw from the abundant and also offer to the bad. We press the bad, due to the fact that abundant individuals could leave.”. Even individuals that gain poor revenue compensate to 60 percent in tax obligations. Stossel asks: What lessons should Americans draw from Sweden? “You can not transform your backs [on] the production of wide range,” cautionsNorberg Sweden: Lessons for America? airs on PBS on October 29 th at 7 p.m.Eastern You can likewise view it at The sights revealed in this video clip are exclusively those of John Stossel; his independent manufacturing firm, Stossel Productions; and also individuals he meetings. The insurance claims and also point of views stated in the video clip and also going along with message are not always those ofReason
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Titus McCarthy - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

Remember when Stossel was punched in the head by a pro wrestler for saying wrestling was fake? That was great!

Policies Matter! - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

Bernie is a social democrat he just mislabels himself.

Dajju Kunrama - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

I’m not a libertarian (in ideology, frankly I believe it can only be a guide tool and is too shallow to be an ideology itself) but it’s pretty funny that I searched for “authoritarian dictatorship Sweden” (incidentally that’s where I’m from) and the top 3 results were TedTalk, CrashCourse, and NowThis, there would be no point for me to leave this comment on those videos and deep in your minds you can figure out why

Steve Stoner - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

The Left have become Useful Idiots for the destruction of mankind.

Vic 2.0 - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

1,000 people admitting that they don't want to fix anything, they just want control

Kage由 - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

Ok so why can’t America be a social democracy

CANTWEALLJUST GETALONG - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

Oh, dear me, does Bernie know about this? Well, I'm sure Bernie and Warren and AOC can improve on this with the implementation of mandatory re-education camps.

The Gram - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

I don't think Sweden is a success.

Blame Yourself - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

If you want to experience the American Dream, go to Scandinavia!

MrLikesEverything - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

Why should we believe this YouTube guy about this? Does he have a background in economics, public policy, government? I searched and I could not find any credentials. This seems quite one sided so I would be interested to see qualifications.

mikael brodin - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

you taking fucking bullshit long live socialist

Dan Hall - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

er… can't we just counter one against the other like say i duno have a free competitive market to.bring profits along side some nationalised industry to help keep prices down and stop the manopolisation of wealth from the cooperations….
You know like countrys all.over the globe do ????‍♂️

Dan Hall - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

I'm not sure if this bloke is trying to fool us or is just plain stupid but the hypocrisy in his argument is staggering. Of course Sweden isnt entirely socialist. It's not entirely capitalist either. They have a welfair state, free further education and free health care. Sweden owns 25% of its economy. Many of these state owned industry's are exported around the globe. Of course you can have too.much socialism but ask the 40 thousand Americans who die every year thru lack of medical treatment and the 600 thousand who go bankrupt thru medical bills what too.much capitalism is like. We use socialist policys and state run industry along side the free market to help keep the competitiveness and the profits yet counter the manopolisation of wealth and the income inequality. Sweden's success isnt down to socialism. Sweden's success is down to balance
If your American dont listen to this rich cunt who clearly doesn't pay his taxes
Vote Bernie for fuck sake

Radnally - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

Sweden is an immigration wonder land

dale phillips - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

Obviously a lot of misconceptions of what Bernie wants to do, compared to what Sweden ACTUALLY does. Bernie wants to tax and control the economy, Sweden does not. They tax the worker for these things, NOT the companies. It's literally the complete opposite of what Bernie wants to do. They talk about Sweden but they literally aren't planning to do what Sweden does. Because they are socialists, not capitalist like Scandanavia is.

Victorio Flores - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

Bernie is a Socialist Communist where tge government wants to take control of private enterprises and public office. Sweden to me is like a Fascist Socialist where the government tells the private enterprises what to do but leave the control of business to the owner. Sweden of 10 million inhavitants they tell us a utopia in education and family affairs, more vacation for the family, free educations, hospitalization and lots more a picture of rosy views. They did not say where it got the money and how. It has a very high taxes according to Google, its share of the hundreds of billions of dollar from oil products is 1.6 % of an annual of 600 billions dollars worldwide. Plus the industrial industry known worldwide. No wonder they could afford all freebees for,a 10 million people that people of the Socialist left did not mention. A case of ammesia perhaps. As Margaret Thatcher says socialist is good as long as other peoples money or other sources are present!

Felipe Paiva - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

There are soooo many social programs though

Pertama Trading - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

It doesn’t matter what ism you use to rule a nation, because the fact is the MONETARY SYSTEM is vampiric.

Jon Irenicus - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

Johan Norberg is a bit of a ideological moron though. Populist in his way. Lot of this is accurate but the privitazation of the school system has not been sufficiently studied to evaluate its consequences. PISA which is an internstional rating of schools have seen Sweden dropping in results in key areas like math for the last couple of years. Also Norberg was one of the big lying stooges in favor of unregulated massimmigration that has Sweden setup for a very challenging future. He makes cheap points and tells half truths to be "contrarian" but he's not a particularly serious person.

Brian S - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

The rich should pay their fair share – You hear that Burnie sanders? The rich need a tax cut.

Brendan ODonnell - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

Well it’s becoming more socialist and it is becoming worse

noneofyour bussiness - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm


Geoffrey A - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

Monopolies: whether controlled by govt or a company stifles competition and discourages innovation

Neo Rock - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

You gotta love Stossel's cherry picking of facts, whatever your opinion on taxes, socialism, etc may be….

In Sweden…
– Any income above 98K is taxed at 70%
Capital Gains tax is 30%
up to 50K, the highest tax rate is 30% which includes county and fed
Employers pays an additional 31% in additional taxes for each employee.
low income families do not have countless expenses, which are all paid by the state.

All in all, Sweden has one of the most progressive tax systems on the planet. Then again, Stossel has never let facts get in the way of his arguments. He also left out that they are consistently rated as some of the happiest people as a collective, on the planet.

James Feldman - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

Although there's much truth in this video, it's oblivious to the destructive force of Sweden's immigration policy. This is critical because Sweden's immigration policy is really just another socialist fraud that's designed to IMPORT CRIME and to great disrupt and impede whatever successes Sweden has accomplished through it's pro-free-market-economy efforts.

Igor Flexus - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

The uncontrolled imigration is theee major problem in Sweden.

Myoknow - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

Sweden’s population is about 25% refugees mostly from the Middle East (not Swedish born), and practically all collect benefits from the government, free education, medical care,housing, etc. why ? Coz the Swedish and the rest of civilized Europe birth rate is about 1.7/couple and falling, at these rates with the average person is living longer, there will be a huge number of the elderly in comparison to working age citizen, it’s like 1+1=3, importing poverty, uncivilized cultures, fanatics is gonna help Sweden ? Besides, they lazier than crap and just want free handouts and don’t even wanna be inconvenienced to learn the Swedish language and the socialists say oh it’s ok we’re really in it for the immigrant Swedish born immigrants

Vic 2.0 - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

Funny how the Democrats only want to be like Scandinavian countries in the ways that take power away from the people. They still want minimum wage laws, still reject the voucher system, and still want to tax "the very wealthy" (aka the most productive among us) disproportionately high.

Dave Todd - posted on February 4, 2020 7:17 pm

OMG the Swedish socialist Utopia everything the American Democratic Socialists are rabidly against because it's all evil and racist!????????????????❄

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