Socialism is enjoying a prominence in American public debate not seen since the years before the Second World War. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, among others, has stressed that she wants America to be more like Scandinavia. No surprise there, given that the youngest congresswoman to take office in American history is a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist.
In defense of her ideas—which include a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and a guaranteed job plan for all Americans, to be paid for by a proposed 70 percent marginal tax rate—Ocasio-Cortez has referred to Nordic countries as successful democratic socialist models that the United States should seek to emulate. When asked during a January 2019 interview with 60 Minutes if she wanted to turn the U.S. into a version of Venezuela or the Soviet Union, the millennial congresswomen demurred with an incredulous smile, responding that “my policies most closely resemble what we see in the U.K., in Norway, in Finland, [and] in Sweden.”