"But the truth is that free-market capitalism and universal social
policies go well together—this isn’t about big government, it’s about
smart government. I suspect that despite Hillary Clinton’s efforts to
distance herself from Sanders, she probably knows this. After all,
Clinton is also endorsing policies that sound an awful lot like what the
Nordics have done: paid family leave, better public schools, and
affordable day care, health care and college for all.
The United States is its own country, and no one expects it to become
a Nordic utopia. But Nordic countries aren’t utopias either. What
they’ve done has little to do with culture, size, or homogeneity, and
everything to do with figuring out how to flourish and compete in the
Ok, not utopia. But we CAN learn from them and implement the things that work.