Tuesday, May 10, 2016

No (again), Bernie Sanders,

Sellers; Elke Somer SHOT IN THE DARK

That 1976 story in Time, for example, went on to report that Sweden found itself struggling with crime, drug addiction, welfare dependency, and a plague of red tape. Successful Swedes —most famously, Ingmar Bergman — were fleeing the country to avoid its killing taxes. “Growing numbers are plagued by a persistent, gnawing question: Is their Utopia going sour?”
[...] For example, Sweden was a poor nation for most of the 19th century (which helps explain the great wave of Swedish emigration to the United States in the 1800s). That began to change as Stockholm, starting around 1870, turned to free-enterprise reforms. Robust capitalism replaced the formerly agrarian system, and Sweden grew rich. “Property rights, free markets, and the rule of law combined with large numbers of well-educated engineers and entrepreneurs,” Sanandaji writes. The result was an environment in which Swedes experienced “an unprecedented period of sustained and rapid economic development.” In fact, between 1870 and 1936, Sweden had the highest growth rate in the industrialized world.

Scandinavia’s hard-left turn didn’t come about until much later. It was in the late 1960s and early 1970s that taxes soared, welfare payments expanded, and entrepreneurship was discouraged. [Full]

Not that it will matter to Bernie People. Because Bernie People do not read Jeff Jacoby. Nor anyone outside of acceptable left media. But, you knew that. Crap.  I just wasted all this time and ink for naught.

ASIDE: Based entirely on this TOP GEAR episode, if I were to live in any of those top of the map countries, it would be Finland.

1 comment:

R. Kelly Coker said...

Elke Sommers is/was Swiss. Although I wouldn't mind checking her edelweiss.

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