In reality, socialism has hurt Nordic countries like Denmark and Sweden. The US should avoid their mistakes, not repeat them.
At first glance, it seems that the Nordic countries of Europe have become everything the Left admires: prosperous, yet equal and with good social outcomes. And the left loves to attribute it all to socialism. But a closer look shows that what the left admires about Nordic societies is not due to socialism, and that the true lesson from Nordic countries is the importance of free markets and a vibrant work ethic.
Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton have one thing in common — they all admire Nordic-style democratic socialism. In a debate with Hillary Clinton, Sanders, for example, said he was going to explain to Americans what democratic socialism is: “I think we should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people.”
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