Or maybe just read a US news website once in a while.
Isn't your media much less diverse?
a) justice is applied very unequally, depending on your race (ref: the recent analysis of Ferguson, Missouri)
I don't know what is the real scenario. But yeah. You've of course been lacking in other areas. And Sweden likely is leading in equality (at least from the perspective of the society / the government, it has integration and segregation issues but we've got a higher amount of foreign born citizens now than the US and they have increased as share by over 50% since year 2000 so
The whole court system I guess is more scary in the US.
Sweden was a good country
b) where there are all sorts of political battles raging right now over the number of illegal immigrants living in the US (estimated in 2008 as 12 million people; more than the entire population of Sweden!
You're also much more people.
In Sweden people think the police are "racist" if they ask people to identify themselves to figure out if they are illegal immigrants and I think you can hide for four years if you are supposed to be forced out of the country and if that haven't happened within those then it's supposedly societies fault and you get away with it.
(To be fair I'm not against social democracy either, it's just that it doesn't work when one small state do it and offer it for the whole world. It should be fucking obvious for anyone. Either do it in a smaller community where everyone knows the rules, are pretty equal and accept it against each other or do it on a global scale. If you're going to start talking about UN human rights and how everyone supposedly have this and that right of housing and health-care and food and
Here they don't even try to find them. And border controls within the EU isn't much of a thing. And people are supposed to file their asylum application in the first country they reach but Italy is just fine with people traveling along and Swedish administration doesn't care / bother / have any way to prove it anyway and the asylum seekers much rather ask for it here because for instance from Syria and Ethiopia about 100% will be granted asylum and I doubt Italy is as generous.
12 million isn't all that many and I guess many of them are from Mexico and the US have little well-fare system anyway and if they are illegal immigrants I guess they have little access to any well-fare as-well so I don't see all that much problem with it.
If Germans wanted to come here and work then fine!
If Somalis want to come here and be financed for life
and has the highest murder rate of any of the western, industrialized nations (by quite a bit -- you're nearly 7 times more likely to be murdered in the US than in Sweden, for example).
Yeah, someone mentioned how KSA (Saudi Arabia) managed the country so well with their harsh laws. Except the homicide rate in Sweden was about 1% less than in Saudi Arabia even though we don't have capital punishment (we have harsher laws by now though, the regular punishment for that is life time in prison but the law for that I believe is that you can ask to have it time limited after 12 years and it can then be decided to become 18 years, but it was much less before.)
I assume the murder rate in the US is because of the inequality and desperate / poor people.
But we're doing that in Sweden too... That or taxes ourself beyond imagination because everyone in the world should have the same income as a Swedish worker (even though they work the most in the EU.)
There are a lot of things to laud the United States over -- but the ones you specifically picked aren't them. Unless you were going for sarcasm, in which case "whoosh!" to me.
It's the basic idea of freedom I'm after.
I'd much rather take US idea of "hey we need to be able to surveillance all communication!" and be free to express my opinion than being able too but also having too hide my ass to express it.
I'm somewhat proud of "my old Sweden", but I'm also not ignorant to the fact that the US have shown better growth and as such at least parts of it is richer. (And skilled labor earn more, pay less in taxes and the money go further, then again for the non-skilled worker / unemployed
Of course if I could have my own wishes go through we just wouldn't have had all this immigration and ignorance about cultural differences and instead if we really wanted to help fight for freedom, democracy and humanism in the rest of the world and help educate people and possibly other basic things such as helping them get access to water, toilets, sewage treatment, modern agriculture, electricity,
And remain the free countries with a pretty successful balance of equal, safe, confident and supported while still being competitive at large (partly because everyone get a chance and support for getting there.)
I'd much rather see Scandinavian society be exported to the rest of the world than middle-Eastern and African being imported to Scandinavia.