Consider two presentations by Swedish author and historian Johan Norberg, the first via printed Q/A format in Dailywire.com. (excerpted below) and the second via video format linked.
“(Dailywire): One of the current front-runners [Bernie Sanders] in the (Democrat) primary race is a self-proclaimed socialist. What does that tell you about the political climate in the United States?”
NORBERG: Well, it tells you that you should be worried about the state of political discourse in the United States, and I recognize this because this was where Sweden was in the 1970s. We had this tremendous growth; we had big, successful companies bringing in the money and the profits to the economy; and we thought two things: We thought that we were on top of the world and we could do anything. We didn’t have to care about economic orthodoxy anymore. But also, people began to say, “Well, that’s unfair. Why should a little group and the few businesses make all this money? Let’s just redistribute all of this.”
And especially, I think, if you are young, if you’re a student, if you haven’t been actively involved in working to sustain yourself to a large extent or never been involved in business, you’re used to the money just being there for you, and you also notice all these definite problems and inequalities in the world, and you just think, “Well, all the money’s there. Let’s just do something about it.” And you forget that, no, the money isn’t “just there.” We have to create it every minute, all the time, constantly, and the worse we make the situation for those who create that wealth, the less we will get in the long run. It happens again and again in human history, and often paradoxically, it happens when times are good and people think that they can do anything.
Source: “INTERVIEW (Part I): Swedish Author Johan Norberg On The Devastating Impact Of Socialism, And What It Could Cost The U.S.” By Frank Camp, DailyWire.com. 14/02/2020.
For a more in-depth discussion hosted by Norberg separating the reality from the myth of what is known about Sweden’s brand of socialism see video, below. This video is also linked in the article.
Sneak preview: with regard to education and health care, note how many times the word “choice” is used or implied, e.g. in education, “school vouchers,” and how often the concept of consensus and negotiation between the government and the private sector is cited.
Note also the warnings at the end regarding the need to teach every generation that “the free market economy is the best”.
As the history of Sweden’s brand of socialism reveals, they learned the hard way.
Additionally, keep in mind that Norberg, though supporting free market economics, is also a proponent of a globalist free market economy (which is of course another topic fraught with its own kinds of concerns–and warnings.)
And “in a nutshell” from another source:
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.