Scandinavia-style socialism would not work in the US, writes Ben Shapiro in National Review. Advocates of this ignore deep-rooted differences that would make it hard to implement. Their state-run companies are more business friendly and profit-oriented than many American socialists would have it. Unions, too, are much more cooperative with employers than in the US. In fact, Scandinavia’s socialism looks a lot more like state-run capitalism. Factors like smaller, homogeneous populations, low crime rates and long-standing bureaucratic structures allow it to work. The US is too different to expect similar successes under socialism.
America would seriously benefit from enacting certain socialist policies that are highly successful in Scandinavia, infers Elizabeth Bruenig of The Washington Post. Particularly the way that the Finnish and Norwegian governments run huge portions of their economies offers many upsides. This facilitates the distribution of wealth, fighting inequality and providing workers with strong rights. The US has huge issues in all of these regards and could build a more equal and successful society by implementing similar policies. Programs like free college, universal healthcare and long parental leave would also make America a better country.