The Daily Bork

August 05, 2005

Swedish socialism in the rearview mirror

John Ray has an interesting piece on the development of Swedish politics over the 20th century.

Sweden: Fascism in slow motion
Has not Sweden been the great icon of the Democratic Left in the postwar period? It has indeed, though these days conservatives have better reasons for mentioning the Swedish experience than Leftists do. Nonetheless, little-recognized though it might be, there are substantial reasons for seeing interwar Sweden as Fascist. Like all Fascisms, however, Swedish Fascism had its own unique national characteristics and its most unusual characteristic was how slowly it developed, with much of its development taking place AFTER WW2 rather than before.
As you can guess, it'll probably have admirers of the idea of great socialist welfare states apoplectic. But it is worth a read to see the various paths socialism takes.

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