Bernie Doesn’t Even Understand Socialism, LOL
Bernie Sanders loves to point out the success of Scandinavian counties- Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, as models of success.
He loves using the social programs of these countries- free healthcare, free college education, and childcare, as examples of what works and what we need here in the United States.
There’s only one problem with Bernie’s logic.
It’s not the social programs that fuel the economies and “Utopian life” in these counties.
Bernie Sanders has single-handedly brought the term “democratic socialism” into the contemporary American political lexicon and shaken millions of Millennials out of their apathy towards politics. Even if he does not win the Democratic nomination, his impact on American politics will be evident for years to come.
Sanders has convinced a great number of people that things have been going very badly for the great majority of people in the United States, for a very long time. His solution? America must embrace “democratic socialism,” a socioeconomic system that seemingly works very well in the Scandinavian countries, like Sweden, which are, by some measures, better off than the United States.
Democratic socialism purports to combine majority rule with state control of the means of production. However, the Scandinavian countries are not good examples of democratic socialism in action because they aren’t socialist.
In the Scandinavian countries, like all other developed nations, the means of production are primarily owned by private individuals, not the community or the government, and resources are allocated to their respective uses by the market, not government or community planning.
While it is true that the Scandinavian countries provide things like a generous social safety net and universal healthcare, an extensive welfare state is not the same thing as socialism. What Sanders and his supporters confuse as socialism is actually social democracy, a system in which the government aims to promote the public welfare through heavy taxation and spending, within the framework of a capitalist economy. This is what the Scandinavians practice.
Keep in mind the significant differences between the United States and these countries.
The United States enjoys significantly lower tax rates.
We have a much larger and more diverse population.
Our military spending dwarfs the spending for military of all these countries combined.
In short, we’re not Denmark.
We’re not Sweden.
We’re not Norway.
We’re the United States.
Nice try Bernie.