When it comes to trying to make a point, to sway the opinion of the American voters, politicians will not blink an eye on bending information to fit their goals, if not knowing quote false information, to begin with.
This seems to be the very case with two specific representatives, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. Both representatives are frequently using Scandinavian countries to try to get their points across, while at the same time offering false information.
Sanders and AOC both choose to boost up the Scandinavian country as being successful examples of experiments in "democratic socialism." However, a Swedish historian, and native, is choosing to speak out against the fact that they fail to observe the apparent and obvious capitalistic traits of the Scandinavian markets.
In a recent lecture, aptly titled "No, Bernie! Scandinavia Is Not Socialist!" Swedish historian and filmmaker Johan Norberg said: "Whatever you think about Sweden and what we did, you have to realize that we had a great society first."
Norberg pointed out that the citizens were incredibly wealthy, they had trust on a social level, and everyone had a pretty much decent life. It was because of all three of these areas that the country was able to experiment with the choice of socialism. However, it wasn't long before socialism began to undermine those very conditions that made the experiment possible rapidly.
During a recent June event, hosted by both The Fund for American Studies and the office of Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, Norberg added: "That's the one thing that it's important for people to get, because if they just look at Sweden and think, 'Oh look, they're socialist and seem to be doing quite all right,' then they've sort of missed the point."
It would appear, to all intents and purposes that both Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez have indeed missed the point entirely—at least in Norberg's opinion. Although Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez use Sweden as an example to further their socialist based agenda, they do not tell the whole story.
What they seemingly leave out of the story is that the heaviest taxes in Sweden are, in fact, placed on the middle and the lower classes. The country may benefit from universal health care and government-sponsored college education, but the ones that are actually paying for it aren't the wealthier individuals, but in fact, the middle and lower class citizens. In a nutshell, a flat tax is used, and everyone, high income to low income pay the same flat rate.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Are Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez helping their causes by misquoting information in this manner?