At The Money Illusion, it is written – apparently in all seriousness:
But the long run trend around the world has been strongly liberaltarian, and will almost certainly remain so for the foreseeable future. Just the other day Denmark decided to cut unemployment benefit eligibility from 4 years to 2 years. Think about what that means. Two French researchers (Algan and Cahuc) found that Danes had the most liberal/civic-minded attitudes on Earth. They argued that Denmark was the country most suited to have social insurance programs, because the non-deserving would be less likely to abuse the programs in Denmark than in any other country. Yet even in ultra-honest Denmark it was found that a large number of workers mysteriously found jobs immediately after their unemployment benefits ran out. So they are cutting back. Denmark already has the freest markets in the world, and now they are shrinking their welfare state. No wonder the Danes are so happy, despite dreary weather.
Is this a new height of chutzpah?
During this same time, unemployment insurance in the US has been extended to basically forever! What makes this particularly ironic is that these benefits were extended by the Democratic majority in the US government, which is in place largely because of libertarian compromises with liberalism during the last election cycle.
I’ve said before, and I’ll say again, that virtually any system of government will work in Denmark, or Sweden, or Minnesota. The same is not going to be true in DC, for example. This fact is deeply un-liberal.