An interesting and well-written article in the NY Times – by a freelancer living in Oslo – suggests that the storied-most-successful-of-the-socialist-states, Norway, is not the economic utopia some would have us believe.
In Oslo, library collections are woefully outdated, and public swimming pools are in desperate need of maintenance. News reports describe serious shortages of police officers and school supplies. When my mother-in-law went to an emergency room recently, the hospital was out of cough medicine. Drug addicts crowd downtown Oslo streets, as The Los Angeles Times recently reported, but applicants for methadone programs are put on a months-long waiting list.