Is Sweden Socialist?

I’ve heard quite a few times that Sweden is “socialist”, it is certainly a social democracy.

However, as I will show in this program, Sweden operates under corporatism, a system also implemented by the Italian Fascist regime.

It’s really stretching the concept of socialism a bit too far by suggesting that businesses can be privately owned (even if only partially privately controlled) under socialism! Sweden’s factories are not controlled by workers.

Swedish trade unions


The History and Politics of Corporate Ownership in Sweden, Peter Högfeldt

Quasi-Corporatism: America’s Home-Grown Fascism, Robert Higgs

Is Sweden Socialist?
from the horses mouth:
“Sweden has never been a socialist society – based on public ownership of production, workers’ control and management, social equality and a democratic plan of production. Neither has Sweden been a ‘mixed economy’ or provided a ‘third way’ – an alternative to both capitalism and socialism, if such a thing were possible.”
Per Olsson, Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (CWI in Sweden)

Iakovos Alhadeff has written a free ebook called “The Swedish Economic Model: A socialist or a free market success?”. This book describes the history of political and economic developments in Sweden including the period of socialistic interventions during the 70s. To summarise, the Swedes retracted their socialist policies before ownership of the nationalised industries had passed fully to the workforces unionised members.

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