Paul Krugman Doesn't Get Denmark in the 21st Century
August 17, 2018, 08:00 PM
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From the NYT Opinion page:

Something Not Rotten in Denmark

By Paul Krugman

Aug. 16, 2018

To be or not to be a socialist hellhole, that is the question. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

Last weekend, Trish Regan, a Fox Business host, created a bit of an international incident by describing Denmark as an example of the horrors of socialism, right along with Venezuela. Denmark’s finance minister suggested that she visit his country and learn some facts.

Indeed, Regan couldn’t have picked a worse example — or, from the point of view of U.S. progressives, a better one.

For Denmark has indeed taken a very different path from the United States over the past few decades, veering (modestly) to the left where we’ve veered right. And it has done just fine.

American politics has been dominated by a crusade against big government; Denmark has embraced an expansive government role, with public spending more than half of G.D.P.

This would have been a cutting edge column in 1978. In 2018, it’s awfully ho-hum. In the 21st Century, Denmark has taken the lead in preserving its welfare state by resisting demographic inundation from the Third World.

Yet, I don’t see the text string “migra” anywhere in Dr. Krugman’s column, even though the Danish democracy’s fight against mass immigration has been its most noteworthy political feature since roughly 2001. If Denmark were in Central Europe, it would be constantly denounced in the NYT for leading the fight against Democracy. But because it’s a successful social democratic Nordic country, it’s cool.

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