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.
Whether socialism exists depends upon whether the means of production has been nationalized. Either fascists or socialists in ascension or descent can practice mere progressive tax rates, price controls, favoritism in the marketplace, etc. Fascists do not nationalize the means of production, although they often direct the private owners in how it will be used. Nevertheless, the owners get the profits and the power that goes with them. The only nationalization that occurs is the theft of property from minorities, which is given over to party members as their private property. Most everyone seems to be getting this point now, and distinguishing the two forms of statism, but you are beating a dead dog.
posted on 06/25/2002 9:43:03 PM PDT
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