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    Mamma Mia! Sweden’s Remarkable Rise in Economic Freedom

    A member of celebrated Swedish pop group ABBA recently made this confession about the group’s signature bell bottoms and platform heels: “[W]e looked like nuts in those years. Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were.” It turns out that ABBA’s unique fashion choices were partially … More

    A Swedish (Economic) Lesson for President Obama in One Chart

    President Obama is making the first ever bilateral visit to Sweden by a sitting U.S. President. As The Heritage Foundation and Swedish think tank Timbro discussed in a recent Google Hangout, the President should learn from Sweden that advancing economic freedom, not big-government policies, is the driver of economic dynamism. … More

    Free Trade and (Not So) Free Health Care: A Discussion in Advance of President Obama’s Visit to Sweden

    President Obama will travel to Stockholm, Sweden, for a September 4-5 visit en route to the G20 Summit meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia. Obama will have a bilateral meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Fedrik Reinfeldt, to be followed by a working dinner with Nordic Heads of State from Sweden, Finland, … More

    The Arctic Council Rejects the EU—A Boost for Sovereignty and Democracy

    Earlier this week the Arctic Council met in Sweden for its biannual meeting. At this time, the applications of 14 countries and organizations, including the European Union Commission, were considered by the Arctic Council to become observers. In what can only be described as a boost for sovereignty and democracy … More

    Morning Bell: WikiLeaks' Anti-Americanism Now Backed by Ecuador

    Yesterday, WikiLeaks creator Julian Assange, a 41-year-old Australian fleeing rape charges, stood on the balcony of Ecuador’s London embassy and told the President of the United States to get off his back. “I ask President Obama to do the right thing: the United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks,” … More

    Julian Assange's Sordid Ego Trip

    After hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for two months, Julian Assange was granted asylum in Ecuador yesterday to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted on charges of two counts of sexual assault. Assange wanted to take on the mightiest government in the world by publicizing massive … More

    Sweden Is Not Just About ABBA and IKEA Anymore

    Sweden is known for, among other things, Swedish meatballs, the pop group ABBA, and IKEA. Well, here is another thing that Sweden should be recognized for: tax cuts. Yes, you heard right: tax cuts. Sweden used to tax corporations at a 60 percent rate. Now that has come down to … More

    Top 10 Reads: August 10, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. Russian ‘reset’ malfunction – Ariel Cohen How Obama can get re-elected: Act like Reagan – Neil Reynolds After $65 billion, Fannie and Freddie want more of your money – Abby W. … More

    A Swede's School Choice Letter to the U.S.

    “In 1993, Sweden introduced a system of school choice and vouchers inspired by the ideas of American economists Milton and Rose Friedman,” writes Odd Eiken, the executive vice president of Kunskapsskolan, an innovative network of schools in Sweden, and an architect of the Sweden voucher model, in the Washington Examiner: … More

    Terrorists Strike at Sweden: What about US?

    Yes, the terrorists are trying to kill us. Breaking news from the Christian Science Monitor reports, “Two explosions rocked central Stockholm Saturday evening in what Swedish police have called a terrorist attack. One man, who appears to have been a suicide bomber, was killed, and two people were injured. The … More