Democratic Socialism: A Healthy, Educated, Equal Economic System…

 
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I am a Social Democrat. The reasoning is simple, if you care about social equality, freedom, democracy, quality of life etc., then Social Democracy is the best way to achieve these. Many European nations apply Social Democracy to a certain extent but there are four nations which are truly Social Democratic: Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Let’s see how successful these nations are when it comes to what is important to a functioning society.

I used images because there is a lot of information so using text would be incredibly long and boring. Plus, now even Libertarians can enjoy the post because it’s mainly pictures.

And before the “Nordic countries aren’t perfect” crowd jump in, nobody says they are. The idea people think the Nordic nations are a utopia is a strawman. It’s easier to attack the idea that they are a utopia (which they certainly are not) than counter the idea that the Nordic countries perform consistently well over numerous criteria thanks to their economic and social system. Do they have their problems? Of course they do. But no other nation or economic system performs as well as them on a consistent basis across multiple criteria which are important to a functioning society, as you will see.

CHILDREN

CHILD MORTALITY

infant-mortality-cdc

CHILD POVERTY

child-poverty

 

WOMEN

BEST PLACE TO BE A MOTHER

Mother

WOMEN’S EQUALITY

Women's inequality

BEST PLACE TO BE A WORKING WOMAN

Working woman

LGBT PEOPLE

LGBT FRIENDLY LEGISLATION AND POLICY
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SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC EQUALITY

SOCIAL JUSTICE

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GINI COEFFICIENT

Gini

DIVIDE BEWTEEN TOP AND BOTTOM 20%

how-much-richer-are-the-richest-20-than-the-poorest-20

CORRUPTION

corruption

ECONOMY

GDP

gdp

DEFICITS

deficits

NATIONAL DEBT

government debt 2015 vs 2007

RECESSION

recession

 

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

Unemployment rate

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

I couldn’t find one graph that could adequately cover this topic, but Nordic countries do quite well across a range of issues dealing with entrepreneurship and encouraging enterprise. See here for more details.

 

HEALTHCARE

HEALTH OUTCOMES

Healthcare outcomes

Of course Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland all offer free health care.

 

EDUCATION

Education

 

COST OF UNIVERSITY

university

 

QUALITY OF LIFE

HAPPINESS

Happiness

Quality of life

SUICIDE RATE

suicide-rates-oecd1

PURCHASING POWER

purchasing power

FREEDOM

PERSONAL FREEDOM
Personal-Freedom-Rankings

 

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

 

 

 

World press freedom index

World press freedom index

I think that is enough, and I think my point is proven. Obviously the Nordic countries have their problems, but they are successful in so many categories, both economic and social. This shows Social Democracy works.
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