[Marxism] Sweden riots expose ugly side of 'Nordic model'

Waldo Mermelstein wmermels at gmail.com
Mon May 27 07:58:04 MDT 2013


Daniel, your points are very interesting, do you have any source in English
to spread them in the web?


On Mon, May 27, 2013 at 4:30 AM, Daniel Lindvall <daniel.lindvall at filmint.nu
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> PS: In the suburb of Husby, where the riots started, the city had recently
> closed down a popular activity house and privatized the health clinic,
> against complete opposition from locals. Only 17 percent of the population
> here voted for the current right wing city administration who has ridden
> roughshod over all local opposition in such decisions, in the name of
> democracy.
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> 27 maj 2013 kl. 09:21 skrev Daniel Lindvall:
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> > I'm no unreserved fan of the Nordic model (as I'm a marxist not a social
> democrat reformist). But this headline is rather misleading. It is the
> dismantling of what is left of the Nordic model that is the problem here,
> not some "racist gene of the welfare state".
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> > For instance: A recent OECD report showed that, of all member states,
> income inequality has risen the fastest in Sweden since the mid-90s. We
> have a school system that is the most free market friendly in the
> industrial world (more so than Pinochet's Chilean model even) since
> "de-regulation" starting in the 90s. It is literally falling apart. Results
> are plummeting. Sweden has gone from top of the class to barely mediocre in
> terms of students' achievements in a decade. Only 33 per cent of the
> unemployed qualify for unemployment support. In Stockholm, where the riots
> took place, more than 50 per cent of young adults below 27 live at home
> involuntarily because they can't afford to move out. Social housing has
> been sold out. Rents are going through the roof and there are absolutely no
> social housing policies left and no affordable homes being built. This is
> about the ugly side of Nordic neoliberalism. Sweden may currently be the
> world's quickest neoliberaliser!
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> > 27 maj 2013 kl. 06:52 skrev Stuart Munckton:
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