I’ve had it up to here with comparisons of the United States, all but unfailingly disparaging, with one European country or another. We don’t sample laws or policies from a combination plate or buffet, picking what we like most from the vast array of alternatives before us. Historical, legal, and social context matters.
It matters that until very recently the Swedes were 90% ethnic Swedes and Lutherans. It matters that the Swiss are preponderantly Catholic, continue to be very religious, and that any Swiss law of any consequence is subject to a direct popular vote. It matters that the French have actively suppressed their ethnic minorities for centuries and continue to do so.
It matters that soldiers of the king in Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Poland, and Russia slaughtered Jews in organized campaigns, something that never happened in the United States.
It matters that U. S. labor law requires antagonistic positions from management and labor, something not the case under European law.
It matters that there’s a racial/ethnic divide between management and labor in some countries while not in others.
It matters that we have a common law system in the United States while most European countries have a civil code system.
We should adopt reforms that make sense in the American context not because they work so well in Norway.