Who benefits in nations that provide universal social services? The Middle class. From a Nordic perspective, nothing Sanders is proposing is crazy—pretty much all Nordic countries have policies like these. Americans would say: Those policies work because all Nordics share a sense of kinship and have fond feelings for each other. That might be nice if it were true, but it’s not. They are just as selfish as everyone else on this earth' Simply, they see that they come out ahead—not just as a group, but as individuals'-- getting a year of paid parental per child, and a smaller monthly payment for an additional 2 years, affordable high-quality day care kids,one of the world’s best public K-12 education systems, free college, free graduate school, nearly free world-class health care, and a full year of partially paid disability leave.'