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Bernie Sanders’ Scandinavian Utopia Is An Illusion

February 18, 2016

By Daniel Schatz

Throughout his campaign, Bernie Sanders has stressed that he wants America to be more like Scandinavia. No surprise there, given that the presidential hopeful is a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist.

In an interview with ABC’s “This Week,” the Vermont Senator said “In those countries, by and large, government works for ordinary people in the middle class, rather than, as is the case right now in our country, for the billionaire class.”

Sanders’ argument takes its starting point in the perception that the Scandinavian so called third-way economic model between socialism and capitalism works well, and that the U.S. could reach the same socio-economic outcomes and prosperity by simply expanding the size of government.

 If one studies Nordic politics, economy and history in depth, however, it becomes evident that like with most urban legends, the reality of Sanders’ utopia is wrong. Causality rather runs in the other direction.
Read the full article at Forbes.com: Bernie Sanders' Scandinavian Utopia Is An Illusion