Sweden and market socialism

Bryan A. Alexander bnalexan at umich.edu
Thu Nov 9 11:25:23 MST 1995


Another way of putting this answer: we need to expropriate the elite and 
its mechanisms of power and exploitation, redistributing this topheavy 
resource-concentration to other, nonFirstWorld, workforces.  If this 
simple transfer doesn't hold up, then we need to expand the appropriation 
down income ranks through the middle class - and we enter problems of 
definition, perhaps.



Bryan Alexander
Department of English
University of Michigan
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On Thu, 9 Nov 1995, Adam Rose wrote:

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> > > So let me ask the list: how much
> > > lowering of the First World's workforce's living
> > > standards do you think is necessary for socialist
> > > justice?
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> None.
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> > Or are there <realistic> ways of building 
> > > socialism which do not require generalized material
> > > sacrifice by First World workers?  
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> Yes. For example, a socialist first world country would
> cancel third world debt immediately.
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> Choices along the lines of "shall we strengthen socialism
> in this country by improving our health service, or 
> shall we strengthen socialism by sending money and/or
> resources abroad" will have to be made. But these are
> decisions about what order to improve living standards
> in, not how to redistribute poverty.
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> Adam Rose
> SWP
> Manchester
> UK
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