not quite. The system is based on largely free markets where government doesn't interfere in private sector that much and in doing so, is able to sustain a vibrant economic system that can sustain generous entitlements and safety net. I'm not against nordic model but the people largely make it work, US population is not anything like the population in Nordic Countries. Also, i'm perfectly ok with more of a safety net, free education, national defense, free healthcare provided there is choice and government stays away from trying to dictate what private sector does. That's, in a nutshell, the Nordic model which is not really what Bernie makes it sound like it is. Truth is, today's socialists do not want to implement the Nordic model, what they want to do is borrow some elements from the Nordic model - entitlements/safety net but also have government control and interfere in the private sector to a degree far exceeding what we see in Nordic model. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffre...dic-countries-are-not-socialist/#2fce4e0b74ad key highlights: 1. It is certainly true that Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark are notable economic successes. What is false is that these countries are particularly socialist. 2. To the extent that the left wants to point to an example of successful socialism, not just generous welfare states, the Nordic countries are actually a poor case to cite 3. Regardless of the perception, in reality the Nordic countries practice mostly free market economics paired with high taxes exchanged for generous government entitlement programs 4. First, it is worth noting that the Nordic counties were economic successes before they built their welfare states. Those productive economies, generating good incomes for their workers, allowed the governments to raise the tax revenue needed to pay for the social benefits. It was not the government benefits that created wealth, but wealth that allowed the luxury of such generous government programs. 5. Second, as evidence of the lack of government interference in business affairs, there is the fact that none of these countries have minimum wage laws 6. A third example of Nordic commitment to free markets can be found in Sweden which has complete school choice. The government provides families with vouchers for each child. These vouchers can be used to attend regular public schools, government-run charter schools, or private, for-profit schools. Clearly, the use of government funds to pay for private, for-profit schools is the opposite of socialism 7. The Fraser Institute, a Vancouver-based, pro-free market, think tank, compiles a worldwide ranking of countries called the economic freedom index. Its website explains that its ranking “is an effort to identify how closely the institutions and policies of a country correspond with a limited government ideal..... What we find, however, is the Nordic countries rank quite high on this index of economic freedom. 8. Socialism can take the form of government controlling or interfering with free markets, nationalizing industries, and subsidizing favored ones (green energy, anyone?). The Nordic countries don’t actually do much of those things. 9. However, it is possible to do these things without interfering in the private sector more than required. It is allowing businesses to be productive that produces the high corporate and personal incomes that support the tax collections making the government benefits feasible. The Nordic countries are smart enough not to kill the goose that lays the golden egg 10. In fact, the only reason most such countries can afford those benefits is that their market economies are so productive they can cover the expense of the government’s generosity. Perhaps a better name for what the Nordic countries practice would be compassionate capitalism.