Social Democracy Won’t Work in America

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from the Washington Examiner:

What liberals and progressives get so horribly wrong about taxes

It’s a consistent complaint that those wondrous social democracies over in Europe get so much more from government, so why can’t we here in the U.S.? Some advocating this are even willing to make the (true) point that to get so much more from government, we’ll all have to pay so much more, as they do, in taxes.

Well, as long as people are willing to point out both sides of this, that we can only get “free” healthcare and college if we pay for it, then that’s fine. It becomes an argument over what is either efficient or fair as a method of delivering those things which we know we’re going to have, healthcare and college.

However, there’s something hugely important underneath this as well: the structure of the tax and spending system itself. No, not the size of it, the structure.

This part of the argument, American liberals and progressives have completely misunderstood.

I do actually have some sympathy with this in Salon:

In contemporary political discourse, any celebratory, or even nuanced, analysis of taxation would suffer a heretical inquisition. Even most liberals celebrate the nobility of “easing the tax burden” for working families, while leftists advocate escalating taxes on the rich, but refuse to acknowledge that, if America were to truly transform into a European-style social welfare state, middle-class income earners would also pay more in taxes, and rightly so.

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2 comments on “Social Democracy Won’t Work in America

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  2. Good article. Thanks. I hadn’t realized the Nordics had a different structure. Except for their mandating involvement/inclusion their structure is closer to the capitalist ‘voluntary association’ model where people are closer to those with whom they “associate” for goods and services, if not in actual proximity, at least they know them.

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