Fox & Friends guest: Sweden had "everything going for them to make socialism work" including their "homogeneous population"

Fox & Friends guest: Sweden had "everything going for them to make socialism work" including their "homogeneous population"

Host Brian Kilmeade: "When it comes to immigration, that also factors into Sweden. They opened up their doors and they're paying a price."

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From the January 11 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): Michael, it seems so great over there. Is it not? Let's go into the numbers a little bit. Are the Swedes not happy? 

MICHAEL KNOWLES (HOST, THE MICHAEL KNOWLES SHOW): Well, they're pretty happy now after decades of economic deregulation. There are two pretty scary numbers. One is the majority of American millennials now identify as socialist. That's the bad news. The good news is that only 32 percent of them can define what socialism is, which I think makes [Rep.] Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the voice of her very ignorant generation. All of those countries, Sweden, the Nordic countries, Iceland, Denmark, they have more free, more liberal economies than the United States. This seems counterintuitive because they had everything going for them to make socialism work. They had a homogeneous population, free national defense, thank you, United States, free medical innovation, thank you, United States, and it still failed there. Over the past few decades, you've seen in Sweden privatization of pension and social security programs. In Sweden, school choice. None of these countries has 100 percent Medicare for all programs. The list goes on and on. If that is what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is talking about with her policy proposals, privatization, freeing up the economy, then sign me up, that sounds great, but that's not what socialism is. Socialism is an economic disease. It is the product of envy and it is the product of ignorance, and unfortunately, we've got a lot of that going around in our politics today. 

KILMEADE: I'll add this Michael, when it comes to immigration, that also factors into Sweden. They opened up their doors and they're paying a price.

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Diversity & Discrimination, Race & Ethnicity, Government, Immigration
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Fox News Channel
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Michael Knowles, Brian Kilmeade
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FOX & Friends
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