Before the government taxes people and/or sends them money, inequality in Sweden is as high as it is in the U.S. Then everything changes.
It's not the most airtight of arguments, but it's worth noting that it's totally possible to (a) not have a statutory limit on government debt and (b) not be engulfed in flames.
The U.S. and Japan are tied for lowest minimum wage as a share of the median.
Israel's huge number of political parties is a notorious problem. Political science suggests the electoral system may be to blame.