Bernie Sanders’ socialism is more like Cuba and nothing like Denmark’s

Ignoring the fact Denmark is not a socialist country and a decades-long history of praising Cuba’s murderous socialist dictatorship, Bernie Sanders and his media supporters would like you to think his brand of socialism is nothing like Cuba. But when you analyze Bernie’s policies, it becomes clear as day his brand of socialism is nothing like Denmark and more like communist Cuba.

Giancarlo Sopo reports in The Blaze:

Bernie Sanders said his ‘socialism’ is just like Denmark’s, but it’s actually more like Cuba’s

The former Danish prime minister has rebuked the ‘socialist’ label

Sen. Bernie Sanders often points to northern Europe as a prototype of the kinds of economies and societies he wants to build as president of the United States of America. At Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, for instance, the 78-year-old candidate from Vermont said, “Let’s talk about democratic socialism (…) let’s talk about what goes on in countries like Denmark!”

The presidential hopeful’s comment was in response to former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg describing Sanders’ agenda as “communism” during a heated exchange.

“We’re not going to throw out capitalism. We tried that. Other countries tried that,” Bloomberg told Sanders. “It was called communism, and it just didn’t work.”

Denmark or Cuba?

Sanders says his policies are just like Denmark’s; Bloomberg says Sanders’ agenda looks like something out of the Soviet Union. Who’s right?

It’s difficult to reduce entire economies to soundbites, but one thing is clear: On issue after issue, when you move past Sanders’ bumper sticker slogans and study the details of his policies, they are often well to the left of what they have in Europe and closer to the practices of former Soviet states, like Cuba.


Denmark: Stop calling us socialists!

Not only are Sanders’ policies fundamentally different than Denmark’s in key ways, the country’s former prime minister has even explicitly rejected his characterization of their economy.

In a 2015 speech, then-Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said, “I know that some people in the US associate the Nordic model with some sort of socialism. Therefore, I would like to make one thing clear. Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy.”

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