Disclaimer: This writer is an anti-communist. Well, actually, this writer is an anti-socialist, because there aren’t any communists left any more (except in Cuba, North Korea, and on American college campuses).
Each time I hear some erstwhile progressive ask "Why can’t we have socialism like they do in Scandinavia?," I am a little less than supportive….
First of all, not even the Scandinavians "have socialism like they do in Scandinavia." From 1945-1989, Scandinavians, like other western European nations, boasted large social welfare bureaucracies, 50 percent taxation rates and a healthy number of capitalists they allowed to exist in order to pay for the whole mess. "Progressive" western Europeans were too smart to kill off the capitalist goose that lays golden eggs. Like Franklin D. Roosevelt, they kept capitalists around to pay the price tag of their social experimentation.