by Anu Partanen
An interesting perspective on the individual freedom and economic mobility that universal healthcare, primary and secondary education, family leave policies and aid bring.
"In the Nordic countries, citizens know much more clearly what it is that they're paying their taxes for. That translates into a clear notion of why they have a government in the first place, and what the government's job is."
"Unlike some bogeyman welfare state, participation in a well-being state does not require you to bow in submission before the altar of altruism, sacrificing your own advancement to help the unlucky. It supports your own personal freedom, your own autonomy, and each individual's ability to determine his or her own fate, since we don't need to depend on the financial largesse of parents, spouses, or employers for the fundamental services - healthcare, education, and aid during times of crisis that each of us requires to fulfill our potential. On top of that there's a less tangible benefit the pride and satisfaction of participating in a society that enables equality and opportunity for all."