Then last sumer when I was visited by a college professor from Finland, I was utterly shocked at how far to the right he had drifted politically. He still maintained his Nordic political correctness, only now it was in service of the Leisure Classes. For example, when I suggested that the banksters had committed so many serious crimes that the citizenry might well be thinking of greasing up the old guillotines, he informed me quite primly that such a crack would now be labeled "hate speech" in Finland. And while Finland is not Sweden, the big difference is that the Finns are only truly happy when they are outperforming their old colonial masters. So I am pretty sure that my friend was an A+ version of whatever is going on in Sweden.
Sweden is already paying a high price for her embrace of neoliberalism. Youth unemployment is ridiculously high and in 2011, more Swedes emigrated than at any time since 1887. Apparently, parroting right-wing economics will destroy (at least partially) the hard-won global reputation for having the most admirable and advanced political system in the world.
Liberalization fastest in Sweden: report24 Mar 12 19:38 CET
Sweden has had a quicker liberalisation than any other advanced economy in the world, in terms of privatisation and deregulation, according to conservative American think tank The Heritage Foundation.
"Among developed economies, Sweden's climbed the ranks fastest since 1996," said the think tank's political analyst Anthony Kim to newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).
Kim's comments come in response to a study carried out by Heritage at the behest of SvD.
The newspaper wanted to know more about how the pace of liberalisation in Sweden compared with how the process had been carried out in other countries.
Liberalisation policies have been backed by previous social democratic governments as well as the current centre-right government.
Certain areas make Sweden stand out in the crowd, in particular labour migration, the country's publicly funded, privately managed free schools, and the deregulated railroad.
Sweden's regulations on labour migration, where being offered employment is enough to make the system one of the most open in the western world, according to OECD.
The Swedish school system is also one of the world's most liberal. Only Chile's school system is at a similar level. What's completely unique is that the Swedish government doesn't care who owns the school.
"In twenty years, we went from one of the world's most regulated school systems to the world's most liberal," said national economist Jonas Vlachos to Svenska Dagbladet. more