Here’s why Nordic governments are so far ahead of the US
If you had to boil down the difference between the United
States and the Nordic countries to a simple phrase, one way to
say it might be: The United States has an unfair tax system and
big government, while the Nordic countries have a fair tax system
and smart government.
Another way to describe the difference is that the United
States is stuck in the past and the Nordic countries are already
living in the future.
This is how John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge of
The Economist frame the conversation. They begin the
final section of their book with a chapter titled “The Place
Where the Future Happened First.” They make no bones about it.
It’s clear to them that the place where the future has happened
first is the Nordic countries, and it’s in every nation’s
interest today to try to borrow the best from their
One of the reasons the Nordic countries have…
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