Bernie Sanders wants the U.S. to be more like Norway. Is that even possible?

The Nordic countries are often held up as successful examples of democratic socialism, but they may not work as political blueprints

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When asked what he means by "democratic socialism," presidential candidate Bernie Sanders typically points to the Nordic countries. In Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark, education is provided for free, social insurance is unimaginably generous, and times are good. We should follow their example, he says.

This chafed some critics, such as National Review's Kevin Williamson. He pointed out that the Nordics are overwhelmingly white, concluding that attempts to push such policies in a multi-ethnic country were essentially racist. After Sanders told Ezra Klein he was against open borders, Williamson passive-aggressively suggested that Sanders was just a wee bit Nazi-esque.

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