We need a revolution to cast off monopolies and restore entrepreneurial freedom. First of two excerpts from “The Myth of Capitalism.”
— Read on www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-11-25/the-myth-of-capitalism-exposed
Paul Krugman Learns The Wrong Lesson From Denmark
Paul Krugman has butchered numbers when writing about fiscal policy in nations such as France, Estonia, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
Today, we’re going to peruse his writings on Denmark.
Here’s some of what he wrote earlier this month.
Denmark can teach us…about the possibilities of creating a decent society. …Denmark, where tax receipts are 46 percent of GDP compared with 26 percent in the U.S., is arguably the most social-democratic country in the world. According to conservative doctrine, the combination of high taxes and aid to “takers” must really destroy incentives both to create jobs and to take them in any case. …what Denmark shows is that you can run a welfare state far more generous than we do – beyond the wildest dreams of U.S. progressives – and still have a highly successful economy. Indeed, while GDP per capita in Denmark is lower than in the U.S. – basically because of shorter work hours.
And here’s what he wrote a couple of days ago.
American politics has been dominated by a crusade against big government; Denmark has embraced an expansive government role, with public spending more than half of G.D.P. American politicians fear talk about redistribution of income from the rich to the less well-off; Denmark engages in such redistribution on a scale unimaginable here. …Conservative ideology says that Denmark’s policy choices should be disastrous, that grass should be growing in the streets of Copenhagen. …But if Denmark is a hellhole, it’s doing a very good job of hiding that fact: I was just there, and it looks awfully prosperous. …The simple fact is that life is better for most Danes than it is for their U.S. counterparts.
Interestingly, Krugman acknowledges that Denmark isn’t really socialist. Instead, it simply has a big welfare state.
But is Denmark socialist? …Denmark doesn’t at all fit the classic definition of socialism, which involves government ownership of the means of production. It is, instead, social-democratic: a market economy where the downsides of capitalism are mitigated by government action, including a very strong social safety net. …The simple fact is that there is far more misery in America than there needs to be. Every other advanced country has universal health care and a much stronger social safety net than we do.
— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-21/paul-krugman-learns-wrong-lesson-denmark
If you’re plugged into the narrow world of online political debate, particularly in left-leaning circles, you may have heard about a war between leftists and liberals. Epitomized by the bruising primary fight between supporters of Bernie Sanders and those of Hillary Clinton, this divide has been endlessly debated, pulling in disagreements about policy, tactics, messaging, and the future of the Democratic party.
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