Scandinavia is less socialist than the US.

  • bobbobbob

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    Sep 08, 2015 9:32 PM GMT

    Interesting article.

    http://thefederalist.com/2015/08/11/scandinavia-isnt-a-socialist-paradise/
  • carew28

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    Sep 10, 2015 8:05 PM GMT
    The article compares the "socialist" Scandinavian nations unfavorably with "capitalist" Switzerland, and mentions the higher debt carried by Scandinavian households, compared to the lower debt carried by Swiss households. But there could be a very good reason for that higher debt. Check out the Wikipedia article "List of Countries by Home Ownership". Switzerland has the lowest rate of home ownership (ratio of owner-occupied housing units) in Europe or North America. Switzerland's home ownership rate is 44%.

    Norway's home ownership rate is 83.5%. Sweden's is 69.6% The U.S.A. rate is 64.5%. Denmark's is 63%. The Swiss apparently carry very little debt, but the majority of Swiss households apparently don't own their own homes. All that glitters is not gold.

    Statistics can always be interpreted in more than one way, and even the Devil can quote scripture for his own purposes.
  • bobbobbob

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    Sep 10, 2015 8:22 PM GMT


    That's sure something to take into consideration reading this.
  • tj85016

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    Sep 10, 2015 11:31 PM GMT
    please, there are no socialists left (where the state owns all the means of production), just progressive liberals

    Bernie Sanders isn't a socialist either, I don't see him advocating a government takeover of Exxon, Proctor & Gamble, IBM and Apple
  • bobbobbob

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    Sep 11, 2015 12:30 AM GMT


    tj85016 saidplease, there are no socialists left (where the state owns all the means of production), just progressive liberals

    Bernie Sanders isn't a socialist either, I don't see him advocating a government takeover of Exxon, Proctor & Gamble, IBM and Apple


    They don't have to take over the way you seem to be conceiving it. The same ends can be reached by regulations, and preferential market controls and contracts that protect and reward some more than others.
  • Hypertrophile

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    Sep 11, 2015 1:37 PM GMT
    Sounds like crony capitalism to me.
  • bobbobbob

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    Sep 12, 2015 1:00 AM GMT


    Sounds like a predictable, habitually trolling liberaggot predictably, habitually trolling to me.
  • conservativej...

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    Sep 12, 2015 2:51 PM GMT
    bobbobbob said

    That's sure something to take into consideration reading this.


    We are unique in many ways. :-) A low home ownership rate is truly not a bad thing.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Sep 12, 2015 4:23 PM GMT
    Physiqueflex saidSounds like crony capitalism to me.
    +1