Scandinavian nations have among the highest level of socialist elements in place but society there demands a great amount of social cohesion at the expense of individual freedom.
Im not sure why you believe that. Looking at various papers about personal freedom the Scandinavian countries have always ranked at the very top amongst nations and far higher than the US. I really dont see how we are giving up our freedom, by having a social democratic system. Quite the contrary infact. If you mean a high tax means a lower individual freedom i guess you need to be american to believe that nonsense.
"Truth never comes into the world but like a bastard, to the ignominy of him that brought her birth." -- Milton