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John Stossel- Sweden Not a Socialist Success and Documentary- Sweden Lessons for America?

Sweden Not a Socialist Success.

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John Stossel

Published on Oct 23, 2018

Democratic socialists in the United States point to Sweden as a socialist success. But Swedish historian Johan Norberg says, "Sweden is not socialist."

Norberg hosts a documentary called "Sweden: Lessons for America?" in which he notes that in Sweden, "government doesn't own the means of production. To see that you have to go to Venezuela or Cuba or North Korea." John Stossel asks Norberg why so many Americans think Sweden is Socialist. Norberg answers, "we did have a period in the 1970s and 1980s when we had something that resembled socialism: a big government that taxed and spent heavily." But in his documentary, he explains that big government led to problems: "our economy was in crisis, inflation reached 10%, and for a brief period interest rates soared to 500 percent. At that point the Swedish population just said, 'Enough, we can't do this'" Norberg tells Stossel. Sweden cut public spending, privatized the national rail network, abolished certain government monopolies, eliminated inheritance taxes, sold state-owned businesses, and switched to a school voucher system. They also "lowered taxes and reformed the pension system," adds Norberg. So Stossel asks why we keep hearing "that Sweden is this socialist paradise." Norberg answers: "We do have a bigger welfare state than the U.S. and higher taxes than the U.S. But in other areas, when it comes to free markets, when it comes to competition, when it comes to free trade, Sweden is actually more free market." He's right, according to the Heritage Foundation's Economic Freedom Rankings. Sweden ranks higher than the U.S. Norberg also tells Stossel that Sweden's tax system may surprise Americans. "This is the dirty little secret … We don't take from the rich and give to the poor. We squeeze the poor, because rich people might leave." Even people who earn below average income pay up to 60% in taxes. Stossel asks: what lessons should Americans take from Sweden? "You can't turn your backs [on] the creation of wealth," warns Norberg. "Sweden: Lessons for America?" airs on PBS on October 29th at 7 p.m. Eastern. You can also watch it at freetochoose.tv.

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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? A Personal Exploration by Johan Norberg delves into the economic and social landscape of the Swedish scholar’s homeland. 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 program illuminates key ideas 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. Published on Sep 21, 2018.

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