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Bernie Sanders was denouncing America’s crooked version of “casino capitalism” that floats the already rich ever higher and flushes the working class.

He said that we ought to “look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway, and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people.” He believes, he added, in “a society where all people do well.

Not just a handful of billionaires.” That certainly sounds like Norway.

For ages they’ve worked at producing things for the use of everyone — not the profit of a few — so I was all ears, waiting for Sanders to spell it out for Americans.

Political scientists say it has become an oligarchy — a country run at the expense of its citizenry by and for the super rich. In the last century, Scandinavians, aiming for their egalitarian goal, refused to settle solely for any of the ideologies competing for power — not capitalism or fascism, not Marxist socialism or communism.

Geographically stuck between powerful nations waging hot and cold wars for such doctrines, Scandinavians set out to find a path in between.

Opioid or heroin overdose is a popular form of death; and men in the street threaten women wearing hijab.

Did the American soldiers I covered in Afghanistan know they were fighting for this?

The truth is that almost a quarter of American startups are not founded on brilliant new ideas, but on the desperation of men or women who can’t get a decent job.

The majority of all American enterprises are solo ventures having zero payrolls, employing no one but the entrepreneur, and often quickly wasting away.

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