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By Dr. Nima Sanandaji

Left-leaning lecturers, liberal pop stars similar to Bruce Springsteen, and Democrat politicians from Bernie Sanders to invoice and Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama all have something in universal: they're avid admirers of Nordic-style social democracy. the reason being basic. firstly look, Nordic nations appear to have every thing liberals are looking to see in the US: equivalent source of revenue distribution, stable future health, low degrees of poverty, and thriving economies, all co-existing with great welfare states. via copying Nordic rules, many within the American left wish to remodel the USA to an analogous socialist "utopia."

In Debunking Utopia, Swedish writer Nima Sanandaji explains why this can be all wishful pondering. definitely, a few facets of Nordic welfare states, corresponding to childcare provision, advantage the admiration of liberals. yet total, it's a special tradition in line with labor, fit diets, social solidarity and excessive degrees of belief that experience made Nordic international locations winning. Sanandaji explains how the Nordic humans followed this tradition of good fortune as a way to live on within the unforgiving Scandinavian weather. He systematically proves that the excessive degrees of source of revenue equality, excessive lifespans and different symptoms of social good fortune within the Nordics all predate the growth of the welfare nation. If something, the Nordic nations reached their height through the mid-twentieth century, after they had low taxes and small welfare states. maybe such a lot striking are his findings that Nordic-Americans regularly outperform their cousins who dwell around the ocean. humans of Nordic descent who stay lower than the yank capitalist process not just take pleasure in greater degrees of source of revenue, but in addition a reduce point of poverty than the electorate of the Nordic nations themselves.

Sanandaji's past writings at the roots of Nordic good fortune have won media consciousness world wide and been translated into many languages. Debunking Utopia, which expands in this paintings, can be learn via all—liberals and conservatives alike—who persist with the talk over the way forward for American welfare. As Sanandaji exhibits, there's a lot american citizens can examine from either the successes and screw ups of Nordic-style social democracy.

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