Paid Leave for Fathers Is Good for Everybody
September 03, 2015

How American policymakers can learn from Denmark's mistake.

Bernie Sanders's Blind Spot on Race Was Imported From Scandinavia
July 31, 2015

The limits of democratic socialism in America today.

I'm Insanely Jealous of Sweden's Work-Family Policies. You Should Be, Too.
June 22, 2014

The US ranks LAST in government-supported time off for parents. That needs to change.

Read My Lips: More New Taxes!
April 14, 2014

That check you wrote today buys you a lot. Feel proud of it.

Blue States are from Scandinavia, Red States are from Guatemala
October 05, 2012

America is divided over two different visions of state and society. 

The Lost Leader
July 12, 2012

James Joyce: A New Biography By Gordon Bowker (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 608 pp., $35) THERE ARE CERTAIN artistic geniuses who demand that we should know their lives in detail, since for them the story of their lives is a living component of thewider story of their art. In this new biography of James Joyce—the first major one since Richard Ellmann’s monumental Life, now fifty years old—we encounter again an oft-told tale.

Bigger Government, Smaller People? Not Really, Mr. Speaker
July 25, 2011

Source House Speaker John Boehner, on Monday evening, in his response to President Obama: You know, I’ve always believed, the bigger government, the smaller the people. And right now, we have a government so big and so expensive it’s sapping the drive of our people and keeping our economy from running at full capacity. Actually, that's not true.

Medicare And Social Solidarity
April 18, 2011

Ross Douthat worries about how Medicare will strain social solidarity in a country growing rapidly more diverse: Historically, the most successful welfare states (think Scandinavia) have depended on ethnic solidarity to sustain their tax-and-transfer programs. But the working-age America of the future will be far more diverse than the retired cohort it’s laboring to support.

Why the Curve Bends Really Slowly
October 26, 2010

With the election just a week away, Scandinavia may seem a world away, or at least an ocean away. (Which, uh, it is.) But lately blog discussion has turned to Finland and some of its more successful social welfare programs. Among them is the health care system, which, like most European systems, delivers good results at a far lower price than the U.S. system does. So why are can't we do that here?

Public Distrust Of Government Will Not Shrink Government
April 19, 2010

Tyler Cowan makes an interesting point -- countries have had success in cutting spending when the public trusts the government: The received wisdom in the United States is that deep spending cuts are politically impossible. But a number of economically advanced countries, including Sweden, Finland, Canada and, most recently, Ireland, have cut their government budgets when needed. Most relevant, perhaps, is Canada, which cut federal government spending by about 20 percent from 1992 to 1997.