Lessons From Sweden: Money Isn’t Everything — Except To Socialists

Writes Johan Norberg at the Spectator on Why Sweden has riots:

Low poverty and inequality, generous welfare benefits, and schools, universities and health care for free. A society in which you are not poor just because you don’t work.

All of them should have been very happy.

Obviously they are not. A welfare check is not a sign of self-esteem. The price of “free” money is giving up your political freedom.

The result? Young men with nothing to do and nothing to lose, standing on the outside, looking in, with a sense of worthlessness, humiliation and boredom. It’s not the first time that such a situation has ended in violence. When this happens in Sweden it shocks the left, because it shows that money isn’t everything. A government can supply you with goods and services, but not with self-worth and the respect of others. A government can fulfil all your material needs, but it can’t give you the sense that you accomplished this yourself.