Johan Norberg — Sweden: Lessons for America and Bernie Sanders

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.

Johan Norberg

Sweden: Lessons for America?

Published by Free To Choose Network on Sep 21, 2018

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.

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Rand Paul Makes Case Against Socialism On Stossel TV

You would think that … when your economy gets to the point where people are eating their pets, people might have second thoughts about what economic system they’ve chosen.

Rand Paul

when interviewed by John Stossel of Stossel TV.

Rand Paul takes on socialist arguments about Venezuela and Scandinavia.

Published on Tuesday, December 17, 2019
by John Stossel (Stossel TV)

Senator Bernie Sanders said:

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.”

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Social-Credit-Score? The Big Brother Gets Bigger And Bigger And Out Of Control

The Chinese Politburo will rate its citizens! Is Social-Credit-Score coming to an area near you?

It was the year 2010. China began to create this system as a pilot program but officially began development of a nationwide social credit system in 2014, and they plan to have fully operational Social Credit System for its 1.4 billion citizens by 2020.

At that time, there will be a searchable database of every Chinese citizen. It will include all the information collected from public and private companies – starting with social media activities and online purchases thru tax payments, credit history, legal matters and ending on health records and people the rated citizen associates within. Are you scared yet? If not, let me add, that face recognition technology will be a part of the system. (Analysts estimating the country will have somewhere between 300 million and 400 million cameras installed by 2020.)

There’s no flying under the radar.

Published on Nov 25, 2018
by Paul Joseph Watson

Your utility meters, smart televisions, cell phones, telephones, computers, credit cards, banks, and internet are all surveillance devices that are recording your activities and that information may be later used against you.

Steven Magee

All the data collected (authorities already claim to have the records of 990 million individuals and 25.91 million enterprises) will be used to determines a social-score ranking from 350 up to a theoretical 950. The value of human been will be measured in points, the higher, the better.

The social score will run people’s lives.

With a high score, life will be good, very good. Getting a great job – easy. Getting a low-interest or even no-interest loan – no problem. Getting kids admitted to the best school – simple. Even getting a great date on Baihe will be painless. 

With a low score, the word “easy” will be erased from the vocabulary. Forget a good job – accepting a low-score-person as an employee will lower the social score of the business and business owner. Forget getting a loan – high interest will kill you. Good school for kids… O.K. Forget kids. The internet connection service for low-grade citizens will be comparable to that of the early 1990s so no YouTube for those guys.

If some scoring system can either make you or break you, people will find ways to full the system. Where there’s the need, someone will come up with a way to accommodate that need and make lots of cash in the process.

Although the nationwide social credit system managed by the government doesn’t exist yet, Beijing uses social record systems run by local governments and some private versions like Sesame Credit (Zhima Credit) operated by Ant Financial as pilots programs. So far, taking part in both the government and private versions is technically voluntary. In the future, the official social credit system will be mandatory, and the hardware is already in place.

Published on Dec 25, 2017
by BBC News

The last thought.

We can Improve Your FICO Score! Call 1800 – something.” We all see and hear those commercials on TV and radio. China isn’t different. Numerous services have sprung up claiming to be able to boost social credit score. Most of them fly by night fakes, but some (very few) are legit which in this case only means that they know how to cheat the system, and they do.

If having low social score comes with harsh punishments – you might be unable to purchase high-speed train tickets, fly on an airplane, book hotel room, or send your kids to a private school – you will do anything to fix it and if cheating is the fastest way, you’ll cheat.

The Chinese government is creating a Social Credit System to “urge its citizens to do more good and be more trustworthy

I’m afraid that they will create an underclass of honest people who will live their lives by the book and get very little in exchange. On the other hand, those who will learn how to play the system will live very well at the expense of others.

Published on Dec 12, 2018
by VICE News

“I’m finally a normal person.”
As someone said: Life is brutal…

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Socialism vs Capitalism: Meme Review with Mike Maloney

Does socialism work?

Mike Maloney is a collector. He collects fine art, cars, books, music, gold, silver…and MEMES. Enjoy this ‘first in series’ video where Mike gives you a look at his collection of memes that highlight the stark differences between socialism and capitalism.

No, it does not.

Published on Aug 27, 2019
by Mike Maloney

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.

Margaret Thatcher 

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