Fake news, fake opinions and fake political analyses are everywhere. The following little video by conservative commentator Steven Crowder is a perfect example of mixing truth (Socialism is bad) with fiction (Europe is socialist & US capitalism is good) to promote a false image of both the USA and Europe and thereby presenting false choices. The case in question is about the proper use of the concept ‘democratic socialism’, a term promoted by Bernie Sanders.
Americans using the concept ‘democratic socialism’ will have to do a better job in thinking through what they really mean. Socialism is about the collective ownership of a nation’s means of production and that in order to have a more egalitarian society. But if you compare that idea with what Sanders promotes under the flag of ‘democratic socialism’ there is an obvious contradiction because he actually proposes a more moderate, third way, mixed economy system with a very regulated free market, which is definitely not socialism. The better term for that is ‘social democracy’, which is how most western European countries would classify themselves. Calling Sanders, as he also calls himself, a ‘democratic socialist’ and calling European countries ‘socialist’ is therefore an error, and a grave one at that.
At the same time we have to acknowledge that European socialists and workers unions contributed mightily to the political struggle for economic and social justice in the last 150 years.
Meanwhile, and here it gets interesting, according to a Forbes rating of ‘Best Countries for Business’, these so-called socialist countries are pretty well regarded as far as doing business there. The Netherlands is at #3, Sweden at #4, Denmark at #7 and the United States is of course #1 . . . NOT. It’s at #12! Still beating Germany at #13 though. So, if you have a problem with the business environment of these social-democratic countries, go argue with Forbes.
How about taxes? In proportion to GDP the Danes pay about 50% and the Dutch about 40%, while in the USA the number is about 25%.  Of course this allows the Danes, according to the CIA, to have only a 40% net public debt per GDP, while the number for the USA is 74%.
Of course US conservatives like to burn and slash government services, except for the military, to decrease the deficit, and also decrease taxes, believing erroneously in the ‘trickle-down’ effect. 
But what is Denmark getting back for paying an average of 50% taxes? First of all less income inequality, which means less hunger, poverty, misery, homelessness, sickness, etc. . They also enjoy a better government, rule of law, property rights and social justice. And, last but not least as an overall effect, they are a happier people. Finally, as noted above, the Danish tax regime apparently does not undermine its competitive, capitalist business climate.
So, before anybody tries to scare you about so-called European style socialism to justify a US style conservatism, ask if they are aware of the statistics below:
. “Best Countries for Business“. The 2017 List. Forbes.
. Wikipedia. “List of Countries by Tax revenue to GDP Ratio“.
. Wikipedia. “List of Countries by Public Debt“.
. Fisher, Gabriel. “Trickle down economics is wrong, says IMF“. Quartz (16 June 2015)
. Wikipedia. “List of Countries by Income Equality“.
. World Justice Project. “Rule of Law Index 2017-2018“.
. Wikipedia. “World Happiness Report“.
. Crowder, Steven. “The U.S. rejects socialism for good reason“. Prager [not a] University (7 Feb 2018)