Democratic Socialism Vs. Unfettered Capitalism: There Is No Comparison

Most Americans are ignorant about just what democratic socialism really is so here is a comparison of the economics of the avowed social democratic society of Norway and the unfettered capitalism of the U.S. Well, actually, there is NO comparison. 

When it comes to economic policies that enhance the well-being of its citizens without negatively impacting the financial soundness of the country, The United States pales in comparison to that of Norway (and all the other Scandinavian countries - Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland - and countless others including its neighbor to the north - Canada) . Indeed, the U.S. comes across as a 3rd world nation in many respects when you examine things closely.

Here are a few examples as they relate to the well-being of the citizens of the United States and Norway:

Norway provides:

  • Free universal health care while the U.S. only has unpaid or, at best, expensive insurance-based coverage :
  • Free higher education while U.S. college education is extremely expensive
  • Financial security for seniors while the U.S. does not
  • minimum living wage for its citizens whereas the U.S. minimum wage is below the poverty line which generates a 29% poverty rate compared to only 10% in Norway 
  • A minimum of 8 weeks paid vacation annually while the U.S. provides none
  • 35 weeks paid parental leave while the U.S. provides none

Norway accomplishes all of the above:

  • With a personal taxation rate of only 38.5% of GDP while the capitalist U.S. personal taxation rate is only marginally less at 37% and
  • While generating a GDP per person of $75,500 vs only $59,000 per American.

As result of its socialist democratic policies Norway:

  • is the 2nd happiness country in the world vs.14th place for the U.S.

For more information on what socialism, and in particular democratic socialism, is please refer to a previous article on my site entitled Are You A “Social Democrat”? Here’s What The Term REALLY Means whose introductory paragraph says: "There are many different types of economies - communism, socialism, capitalism and democratic socialism. We tend to use the terms concretely, which necessarily introduces inaccuracies and, as such, they serve as excuses not to think and to hold economic beliefs that discourage explorations of the mismatch between theory and practice. Do you know exactly how they differ? Read on!" 

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Lorimer Wilson 5 years ago Contributor's comment

To an American perhaps but NOT to the rest of the world.

Dan Richards 5 years ago Member's comment

Say that to all the countries the US helps every year. America is not perfect, no country is. But our freedoms, patriotism and philanthropy should not be discounted.

Jacqueline Lisa 3 years ago Member's comment

Freedoms? You are obviously white and with money.

Philanthropy? I don't think raining bombs on defenseless countries for your imperialist agenda can be considered "philanthropy"... I mean i am sure the bombs are free of charge - but really??

Texan Hunter 3 years ago Member's comment

Sure, we rain a few bombs on some murderous terrorists and help keep the world safe. That's my kind of philanthropy. But I think @[Dan Richards](user:29739) was referring to all the aid we send to less fortunate countries. And how we are always quick to send help for natural disasters, etc.

Jacqueline Lisa 3 years ago Member's comment

LOL Texan Hunter... YOU THE USA are the murderous terrorist.... dropping bombs every 20 minutes for the purpose of asserting your ugly empire on others! The rest of the world does not fall for your BS!

Texan Hunter 3 years ago Member's comment

Well that's a bit extreme. Most of us are peace loving people. Where are you from by the way? I like your colorful photo.

Dale DeRoy 5 years ago Member's comment

Sad but true.

Dan Richards 5 years ago Member's comment

Hey, America is still the best country in the world overall!