Jason Hartman talks with Dr. Nima Sanandaji, president of the ECEPR. Dr. Sanandaji has written more than a hundred policy papers, and is a Research Fellow at the Center for Policy Studies. He’s also co-founder of the Stockholm-based think tank Captus. Nima is the author of the new book: Debunking Utopia, Exposing the Myth of Nordic Socialism.
[2:00] Why the left might want to rethink pointing to the Nordic countries as examples of socialism
[7:50] How the free market reaching Nordic countries in the 19th century changed them, and when that shifted toward the welfare state
[11:30] Who has it better: Nordic people or Nordic Americans?
[15:10] The importance of Nordic countries achieving what they did BEFORE becoming welfare states
[20:20] Why Nima targets the demographic he does
[23:15] Who the welfare state expansion really hurt