Viking Economics

Viking Economics

How the Scandinavians Got It Right - and How We Can, Too

Book - 2016
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"An academic and activist takes an entertaining look at the Nordic welfare state--and shows us how we, too, can have a far more equal and just economic system In America, many Democrats invoke Scandinavia as a promised land of equality, while most Republicans fear it as a hotbed of liberty-threatening socialism. But the left and right can usually agree on one thing: that the Nordic system is impossible to replicate here at home. The US is too big, or too individualistic, or too puritan, or too, something. Whatever the reason, it's impossible, and we shouldn't bother to try. Enter George Lakey. A longtime activist and academic, Lakey has spent decades studying the economies of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland, and in Viking Economics, he reveals that Scandinavia's deep commitment to the welfare state is much more recent than we think. Not long ago, Scandinavia was a far more unequal place, with a much weaker commitment to the social welfare of its citizens. There's nothing inherently Scandinavian about greater equality. So why not try it here? Viking Economics is more fun and entertaining than any economics book you've ever read. And, very possibly, more convincing! As he ranges from twentieth-century Norwegian history to the details of Swedish childcare policies, Lakey never loses his sense of humor or his expansive, generous vision of a better, more equal future. By explaining that even Scandinavia's grandest experiments in social equality are rooted in recent political struggles, Lakey explains shows how we can do it, too--conventional wisdom be damned"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: Brooklyn : Melville House, 2016
Edition: 1st Edition
ISBN: 9781612195360
Characteristics: x, 287 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 02, 2018

The facts quoted are fascinating but unfortunately the writing style is soporific. Could have done with a competent ghost writer.

Nov 15, 2017

Many good points in this book, of course, but still be advised that Sweden is the per capita number one weapons dealer on the planet - - a most crucial point. [And the Swedes followed the Reagan example - - not really, since it occurred around the same time - - dumping the mentally ill onto their streets back in the 1980s.]
And why are they among the happiest? Let's take Denmark as an example: since 1985 total compensation of Danish workers has risen 220 percent, while total compensation of American workers only rose 0.47 percent [so by comparison, the Danish rise was 440 percent as opposed to the pathetic American situation]!

Jun 27, 2017

Should be required reading for all senior high school students.


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