Angry mobs have threatened people throughout history. But now there’s a new kind — Online mobs.
Because people are afraid to challenge them, it just takes one employee at one company to say, “Here’s the law that protects my rights to feel safe and comfortable … If you’re not making me feel safe … I’m going to get you in trouble. I might even sue you.”
Governments around the world pass more restrictive rules ever in the name of saving us from coronavirus pandemic. Are these rules an overkill? You’ll decide.
Protests against the coronavirus lock-down measures are growing. As much as we understand social distancing, and the need to wear a mask or washing hands, we don’t understand how listening to church service in a car via radio in the parking lot is putting either us or others in danger of being infected with COVID-19.
Some politicians push even farther into the kingdom of nonsense. Governor of Michigan is a great example.
Big box stores will also have to close areas off the store that are dedicated to things like carpet, or flooring, furniture, garden centers, plant nurseries, or paint.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan
I don’t understand the reasoning for preventing people from buying home improvement articles. One would think that repainting your living room or installing a new carpet in your bedroom would be a good way of keeping yourself sane during the lock-down. But what do I know?
As usual, John Stossel does a great job taking a down-to-earth approach when presenting facts. He points to Sweden, the only country which decided to opt-out of global COVID-19 madness and let citizens live their lives with as little restrictions as possible.
Sweden is not on lock-down, but it is not “business as usual,” either.
There is a voluntary lock-down in place.
People are advised to work from home.
Maintain social distancing.
They are told not to visit elderly relatives.
The primary schools are operating normally.
Gatherings of up to 50 people are still permitted.
Restaurants, shops, cafes, and gyms remain open.
Dr. Anders Tegnell —the country’s chief epidemiologist — explains:
We prefer voluntary measures, and there is a high level of trust here between the population and the authorities, so we are able to avoid coercive restrictions.
Simply speaking, the Swedish government doesn’t arrest people for sitting in their cars watching the sunset.
Interestingly, despite very unintrusive policies of the Swedish government when it comes to its reaction to COVID-19 pandemic, statistics per capita look better than those of countries with way more strict regulations. Swedes allow some exposure to the virus among the general population while protecting high-risk groups like the elderly, creating this way something that could be very important if the virus reappears with the next flu season — herd immunity.
As of April 23. 2020
Total Cases of Coronavirus per 1M Population
Spain 4,556 Belgium 3,693 Ireland 3,566 Switzerland 3,293 Italy 3,142 USA 2,655 France 2,423 Portugal 2,192 Netherlands 2,085 UK 2,034 Germany 1,828 Sweden 1,659 Denmark 1,394 Norway 1,358 Turkey 1,207
Total Deaths per 1M Population
Belgium 560 Spain 474 Italy 423 France 335 UK 276 Netherlands 244 Sweden 200 Switzerland 179 Ireland 161 USA 160 Portugal 80 Denmark 68 Germany 67 Austria 58 Canada 57
It’s been suggested that Americans would be better off if the United States was more like Sweden. Do the Swedes know something that we don’t?
“Sweden: Lessons for America?” is a Personal Exploration by Johan Norberg, who delves into the economic and social landscape of his home country. Join him to see that the lessons to be learned from Sweden may not be the ones you expect.
The one-hour documentary follows Norberg on a journey through the history of Sweden’s economic rise, from one of the poorest countries in the world to one of the most prosperous. The movie illuminates vital concepts and enterprises that sparked the reform and continue to help Sweden maintain its lofty economic position, including freedom of the press, free trade, new technology companies, crazy jobs, and even an old Swedish superhero.
Bernie Sanders says
Sweden is a socialist country.
No, It is NOT.
Many people think Sweden is socialist, but its success comes from free markets.
Sweden is not the idealistic socialist state many Americans think it is. We do provide more government benefits for our citizens than the U.S. does, but those benefits are paid for by everyone in the country, not just the top tier of taxpayers. Further, many of those benefits are provided by private companies competing with one another.
If you don’t have 55 min. of free time, this is a shorter version by John Stossel published on Oct 23, 2018
The last thought.
Sweden is not perfect, but it looks to me that Swedes learn from their mistakes, and the system they run in their country is getting better and better.
Bernie Sanders wants the U.S. to be like Sweden, and many people like the idea. The problem is that he is talking Sweden of 70s and 80s when taxes went through the roof, and labor unions wanted to take over private businesses.
Sweden today is nowhere near this form of government. Swedes have let private enterprises into welfare, schools, hospitals, healthcare, elderly care, and it has worked out quite well. But unlike you, Bernie doesn’t know that. I’m sure he never watched this movie.
When I talk about democratic socialism, I’m not looking at Venezuela. I’m not looking at Cuba. I’m looking at countries like Denmark and Sweden.
The problem with his statement is that socialist ideas do not govern those countries. Denmark and Sweden are free-market economies. Denmark’s prime minister, when visiting America, refuted Sanders’ claims, saying:
Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy.
Then he added that his country is now a
Successful market economy with much freedom to pursue your dreams and live your life…
A market economy with the freedom to pursue your dreams. That’s not socialism. Word “Freedom” is not part of the socialist vocabulary. It was replaced with the word “Obey.”