Americans, by a good margin, say they want the same relatively low level of economic inequality as Sweden has today. But, to riff on an old conservative pot-boiler, “None dare call it Sweden.”
Behavioral psychologist Dan Ariely takes a close look at the cognitive dissonance and disconnects behind this.
And, how bad is the disconnect? This bad ... even Tea Partiers must want to live in Sweden, given overall percentages:
In Dan Ariely’s study (with Michael Norton of the Harvard Business School), 92 percent of us Americans want to live Swedish-style instead. Women (93 percent in favor of the Swedish model) are a ever so slightly more egalitarian than men (90 percent for Sweden). But the results come out very nearly the same — Republicans and Democrats, richer and poorer, NPR listeners and readers of Forbes Magazine.There it is. But, in today's Tea Party-toxic America, “None dare call it Sweden.”
Part of me that is both skeptical and cynical is thinking that Ariely's estimate is generous: a generation might not be long enough, instead of the 40 years taken literally.