Too Gary from Oz..Part 2
malecki at algonet.se
Wed May 8 02:44:28 MDT 1996
When the Soviet Union disintegrated because of the bankruptcy and
historical betrayals of the Stalinists. The Swedes made a sharp turn
in their long standing policy of neutrality.
If the policy of neutrality saved the Swedes from two World wars in
the beginning of this century. The Swedes thought wisely that
neutrality would save them during the Cold War if it became a hot
war. However even before the echoes of the Berlin wall crashing down,
reunifying Imperialist Germany came to a halt. The Swedes decided to
join, what they thought to be, the winning side and applied for
membership in the Common Market.
The big debate was not membership or not, economically the Swedes
had no choice. The big debate was around neutrality for Sweden in
the next war. They chose to drop their neutrality as you can well
see that for the first time in modern history the Swedes are
intergrated into the NATO forces in former Yugoslavia. However the
Swedish people really think that they are still neutral. I am afraid
that they will not wake up till their boys start coming back in
boxes. Or perhaps a little longer from when inter-imperialist
rivalry really starts to heat up. Then perhaps the Swedish people
will wake up and realise that their leaders have changed a course
of over 200 years without war for them.
When the inflationary ballong exploded. The Swedes were forced to
float the Swedish Crown in order to find its real worth on the
International market. The Swedish Crown dropped like a bomb to
historical low levels. Over night the worth of a Swedish Crown
dropped by half. It was the final nail driven into the sinking
welfare state. The rats started immediately to desert the sinking
ship, carrying or stealing everything possible with them before
it goes down.
The sinking of the Swedish welfare state is not like the Titanic
which hit an iceberg and went down very quickly. The Swedish
welfare state is sinking far slowly at least at first, but the
deeper down it goes the quicker it sinks.
The rats are taking everything of worth and stuffing it in their
pockets. Companies and businesses are systematically
plundered and the workers thrown out on the streets.
Bureaucrats who sit in high state owned companies and the trade
unions open their parachute agreements, (agreements giving them
millions of crowns in pension and early retirement benefits), worked
out between themselves in the board of directors rooms. State own
industries sold out to the capitalists both foreign and domestic.
Thousands of acres of forests sold, cut down, plundered of the
treasures and then left too rot.
As the welfare state is plundered, unemployment goes up like a
skyrocket. Permanent mass unemployment is a fact, the first time
since the thirties! The whole welfare state straining and busting
apart under the pressure. So then come the cuts. First in the
periphery of the social system and reaching out to wrip its heart
out. Today we are there, the cuts have come to the very pillars of
the welfare state. Unemployment insurance, Pensions, Healthcare,
childcare. The workers, the old people, the young people left
standing with their pockets empty.
The Social Democratic paradise a plundered and empty shell.The
confusion in the workers movement is total except for those busy
grabbing everything they can. The Social Democrats have become a
27% party. Historically a level never reached it its long history
after coming to power. The party is split between the
"traditionalists" , those who want to go back to the good old times
of a welfare state that does not exist any longer and the "new
thinkers" who engineered, along with its bougeois allies, entering
the common market, dropping neutrality, and pushing the welfare
state over the cliff to its slow death.
In the workers movement to the left (?) of the Social democracy
is the former Euro-Communists, ( they dropped the Communist after
the fall of the Soviet Union) who are growing to new historic
levels of 14% which is really historical. Plus a few left groups
who still exist on the fringe of the workers movement.
However they are all still tailing or criticising the Social
Democrats and hardly from the left! In fact they have become
isolationist, feminists, and environmental activists instead of
trying to tell the hard truth to the workers about what is happening
or what the future brings, especially after the fall of the Soviet
At best there demands are back to the welfare state, women's
equality, and a clean world for the kiddies without atomic power.
They are trying to pressure the traditionalists in the Social
Democracy to fight for reforms that will bring back the good old
They are blind about what is going on because they have never
experienced anything else then the welfare state. They are fighting
for bringing back a Social Democratic pipedream, which developed
here for a short historical period because of very special
conditions mentioned above.
The left does not even realise what's happening here because in
this isolated little backwater a really revolutionary leadership
or tendency in the workers movement never developed. It will take
bodies coming home in boxes and empty stomachs, poverty and
starvation before these healthy Swedes wake up I am afraid.
Finally I would like to take up here that everything which lies
under the feet of the Swedes is being sold out by the state to
foreign investment. While the lovely little summer houses once
owned by Swedes during the good times are quickly being sold to rich
Europeans especially Germans in the south of Sweden. The biggest
mining company in the world Rio Tinto Zinc (RTZ) is moving in to
take over the rich mineral desposits in the north of Sweden,
Last year, while writing about Vietnam, a friend of mine from
Australia warned about this company. Specifically, they RTZ, were
involved in a little dirty war on the island of Bougainville along
with the Australian government. That this mining company, the largest
in the world, historically had a lot of blood on its hands.
My friend told me about Bougainville, a little island in the Pacific
Ocean, where a war of liberation has been going on since 1988.
The island belongs to the state of Papua New Guinea and is a part of
the Salomon islands.
During the Second World War the Solomons were occupied by the
Japanese and after the war became part of the Australian colonial
sphere. Bougainville is one of the richest areas in the world of
deposits of gold and copper.
The troubles on the island started when the Australian based mining
company CRA began its operations of exploitation of copper and gold.
CRA is owned by RTZ which has mining interests all over the world and
is now trying to get what's lying in the ground here in Sweden.
On Bougainville their are about 200,000 people living. There lifestyle
is fairly simple fish, coconuts, fruits. Lying near the equator a
When the mining company started operations whole villages were moved,
the rain forest was cut down, wild life died out and poisonous waste
>from the mining operations pumped out into the rivers and lakes and
the fish died. The mining company basically destroyed the very basis
for these island people to survive.
So in 1988 a rebellion by the people on the island started. They
closed the mine and declared that they wanted independence from the
state of Papua, New guinea (PNG).
Closing the mine on Bougainville meant that the mining company had
lost one of its most precious and profitable jewels. During the
80ties the mine was the largest and most profitable company
So the mining company with Australian military advisors, including
helicopter gunships and big money backed the Papua, New Guinea
government in order to get back what it had lost. They have
even set up a naval blockade around the island to stop the flow
of supplies and medicine from getting to the island people
fighting for their independence.
Over 10,000 people have died on Bougainville have died since 1988,
five percent of the population. Only a few hundred have died in
battle. The rest have died because lack of food, medicine, summary
executions, murder, torture, and just disappearing. Still today as
I write this the people of Bougainville still control the island
and the mine has not been reopened. This is not the only blood
this company has on its hands. The RTZ is also deeply involved in
the present border conflicts going on between Peru and Equator.
The prize is the rich minerals resources found in the area that
they are fighting about.
In fact it would not surprise me at all if I were to say that RTZ
was standing in line during the war in Vietnam to get exploration
rights if the Americans and their Australian allies had not been
thrown out of Vietnam when the Vietnamese marched into Saigon in
1975 and took back its own country from the colonialists, who had
occupied their country since the second world war.
So as the Swedish bourgeoisie and their political spokesman really
were getting into the plundering of the welfare state they put the
following announcement out.
Welcome to Sweden
See the changes since 1992:
NEW MINERAL OPPORTUNITIES
NEW MINERAL POLICY
NEW MINERAL LEGISLATION
Join the present "never before seen" claim-staking rush for
base-metals, gold and diamonds in northern Sweden by the
International Mining Industry.
Don't wait. Free ground, potential for exploration is rapidly
THE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF SWEDEN
will give you information and assistance.
The announce goes on and describes the Geological Survey of Sweden.
A state run institution which for years collected information on
minerals and finds, paid for by the welfare state. Now it would be
used to sell out the whole state mining industry to private
interests. So the Swedes now have lost their base for their very
existence to International finance. This is one of the best
examples of ripping off the Welfare State as the rats leave the
The vast areas of northern Sweden, owned an run by the Welfare State,
are being given away, for free! All of this under the guise of that
we have lived over our resources and have to cut the states expenses.
And guess who has come to Sweden to get part of the booty. Yes, Rio
Tinto Zinc, is moving in order to take the very ground that the
Swedish people though taxes had financed as part of the Welfare State.
The Swedish people and especially the working class and poor appear
to be paralysed. The state which has always taken care of them from
birth to death is disintegrating before their eyes. Without
leadership, or rather as the leadership deserts the ship, those
left are whining about going back to the good old times at
best. No one appears to see the truth, or has the guts to tell
the truth. The Welfare state is dead and it was your own leaders
that killed it.
Perhaps the only good that will come out of all this is that, through
a series of splits of the parties presently claiming to
stand on the side of the working-class, a militant tendency, will
develop or crystallise, here in Sweden as elsewhere Internationally
leading to a new leadership which can show the way forward in the
coming battles. However these groups that exist will have to be
tested both in theory and practice in the coming battles. No one
deserves a free ticket after the historic defeats imposed on the
International workers movement in the last 75 years.
In ending, I would like to say that this section of this book on
Sweden is my gift to the Swedish workers movement. A thank you for
a place to survive, recuperate after the war in Vietnam. It is a
gift from my heart and belly button which is my Crystal ball. So
cheer up, things get worse before they get better...
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