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Episode 27: Hulk Hogan v Gawker, Parental Leave, and Bernie’s Scandinavia

In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil delve into the privacy laws protecting Hulk Hogan’s sex tape, the fight for paid parental leave, and the left’s love of Scandinavia.

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Nicole Hemmer

  • Silje Kr. Andersen

    Great podcast! As a Scandinavian I think you have a well-informed view of Scandinavian ideals. You are absolutely right, Neil, when you point out that Scandinavians think that paying taxes is all about self-interest. And you back this idea up later on, Nicole, when you talk about competition; “You can be more competitive when you have the kind of benefits that allow to take risks”. It is exactly the idea that is the reason we see paying taxes as a self-interest; when you have free health care, free education, high welfare, and long parental leave, you have all the benefits that allow you to take risks. And this is what we define as freedom. More or less the exact opposite of American freedom. This is also how we define richness; I’m not rich because I have money, I’m rich because I don’t need money, or a job, to have the right to health care, education, and opportunities.
    And as for a good read on the critic that Scandinavia has social democracy because of “white homogeneity”: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/08/national-review-williamson-bernie-sanders-sweden//.

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