Sweden, like the US, is in transistion, certainly redistributing wealth with an incredibly burdomsome tax system, but capable of going right or left, depending upon what happens in the rest of the world. I notice that the far right on the traditional paradigm of left-communist/right-fascist as extremes is having more and more success in western Europe as refugees pour into the area. Again, the traditional paradigm will serve us well as a gauge to see which way Sweden will go. BTW, Sweden, as a subject unto itself, is not a country I feel very knowledgable in, other than what I read in the papers. Enlighten me.
posted on 06/24/2002 7:33:25 PM PDT
Sweden, like the US, is in transistion,
Sweden is generally considered to be a "socialist democracy." The most dominent force in Swedish politics over the last century has been the Social Democratic Party. It advanced causes -- generally considered to be socialists -- such as nationalized health care, wage and price controls, wage and price controls, and a state-controlled agricultural policy.
The Nazis supported and expanded these things too, although many of these policies existed in Germany long before the Nazis came to power.
You could argue that the Nazis were not as dogmatically anti-free market as the Soviets. But they were still socialists.
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