There have been two recent articles/videos that some people have asked me to comment in English. Nothing in this is new – it’s actually the same old misconceptions. First of all I recommend that you read what I have written about the subject before which will cover most of the arguments:
The Swedish model
Samuel Gregg’s misconceptions about Sweden
Please also see the material on May 1st from my presentation at the European Students For Liberty:
Audio, presentation and summary. Regarding the “deregulation” of the pharmacies you can read more about it in detail here (in Swedish).
The first article was in Bloomberg: Booming Sweden’s Free-Market Solution. As I have mentioned before the current government should have some credit for being more responsible with the finances relative to other European countries. But again (and see the links above) where is the dramatic change? And when the expression ”free market” is used together with Sweden it just reveals that the authors have zero knowledge about what a free market is. None of the arguments is new and I cover them in the links above.
The next thing that people have asked me to comment on is a video by Reason. This video was fairly short but they mention that the tax-to-GDP ratio has fallen. As a response I will just quote myself:
The total tax burden has decreased by 3% from 48.9% 2005 to 45.9% 2010. To call this liberalization is a slap in the face of the people who are slaves under a socialistic regime. To watch them brag about how they reformed Sweden is a mockery of true freedom. We don’t want their candy, we want real freedom.
Regarding education that is mentioned in the video; that kind of ignorant comments just makes me wonder where Reason get their information from. I can put Reason in contact with families that currently are living as political refugees from Sweden just beacause of education and home schooling. The state has tightened its grip on education in recent years – not the opposite.
The main thing is that the power of the state hasn’t been reversed in the way that some “libertarians” want us to believe. In my view it is just not a good idea to give the impression that Sweden is not so bad. Please, Reason, you can do better.
I don’t know how many times I have to say this, but please please stop spreading these lies if you believe in real freedom.