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Sweden, the great Social Democrat paradise or just more silly liberals

  1. uncorrectedvision profile image61
    uncorrectedvisionposted 6 years ago

    American liberals like to point to European as the great liberal success story.  They especially love Sweden because they think Sweden is socialist and has always been socialist and always will be socialist.  But is Swedish "socialism" really that much smarter than America's spastic and silly liberalism?


    1. road2hell profile image76
      road2hellposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I guess we should hear from a Swede.  We heard enough from the Americans!

      1. uncorrectedvision profile image61
        uncorrectedvisionposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Many Swedes have spoken.  As has part of the UK press.
        http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tobyy … -saturday/

        1. John Holden profile image60
          John Holdenposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Really UCV you aren't so naive that you believe a right wing commentator in a right wing newspaper would have anything positive to say about the left wing are you?

    2. Evan G Rogers profile image76
      Evan G Rogersposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      the ultimate showing that centralization and socialism don't work is nothing more than history.

      EU - debtor's prison
      US - debtor's prison

  2. Will Apse profile image91
    Will Apseposted 6 years ago

    Social democracy (Swedish or German style) is just about the rarest kind of political system because it is so difficult to achieve the degree of social cohesion needed to make it work.

    Basically rich and poor have to sign up to a common vision and power has to be spread widely. Would that appeal in the US or UK? I am guessing not.

  3. prettydarkhorse profile image65
    prettydarkhorseposted 6 years ago

    their total population is low

    their economic system is unique which is highly geared towards high tech exports which makes the government rich and in return gives back to the people (in the form of comprehensive welfare coverage)

    There is high literacy rate because of free education up to tertiary level. It is the best place for single mothers to live and that is why marriage is very low and there is high solo living arrangement. Who needs a partner when you can get it all from the government except love of course, hehehe

    So I believe that the economy which is capable of sustaining their very advanced comprehensive welfare system which makes people liberal

  4. secularist10 profile image87
    secularist10posted 6 years ago

    I was disappointed by that article. I thought it would be a comprehensive theoretical analysis based on political philosophy.

    Some guy in a wheelchair? Really? Haha. As if any system is 100% perfect ALL the time. Tell you what, he eventually got that wheelchair. If that was a story about an American battling with big health insurance companies or something, it would have ended with "Mr. so-and-so continues to try to get by without the wheelchair, and he and his wife are waiting for a response from the government agency/ business."

    Anyway, the proof is in the pudding. The "socialist" countries of northern Europe enjoy high economic growth rates, long healthy lives, good public education, safety and security, a very low level of inequality, and generally among the highest quality of life human beings have ever experienced on this planet.

    They accomplish this through a combination of socialist and capitalist elements. Facts are facts.

  5. CHRIS57 profile image61
    CHRIS57posted 6 years ago

    Nothing and nobody is perfect. Would be very dull if it were.
    For me, not Swedish, not American, but familiar with both societies and economies, for me the article in question is misleading.
    UCV, what do you want to express? Swedish "socialist" system is bad?
    While i am not sure of how socialist Sweden really is, there is certainly one dominant fact about Swedish society and that is a fairly just and equal distribution of income.
    While the GDP per capita of the US and Sweden may be alike, this fair distribution of income makes it more pleasant to live in Sweden than in the US. At least that is my personal impression.

  6. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 6 years ago

    What is the opposite of a liberal. Is that a redneck.

  7. road2hell profile image76
    road2hellposted 6 years ago

    Sweden has a very successful system.  The key to its success?  The people would want it.  That's it!  Any country can form a socialist democracy but the people must demand it from its leaders and work together.