1.) The standard claim about Sweden is that it shows that society can prosper without such a free market and with extensive government intervention. What would be a good response to this claim?
My response to this claim is that Sweden actually couldn’t have prospered without adopting free-market policies in the late 19th century and the early 20th century. It didn’t become wealthy through social democracy, but rather positive cultural norms, strong work ethic, and high levels of trust.
2.) What were the primary values of fascism?
Anti-liberalism, rejecting individual rights, civil liberties, free enterprise and democracy. Anti-socialism, rejecting economic principles based on socialist frameworks. Exclusion of certain groups, often through violence. Nationalism that seeks to expand the nation’s influence and power are some of the primary values of fascism.