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Corporatism: A marriage of left and right

So how is it that while the welfare state grows and economies stagnate the rich get richer? Corporatism is part of the answer. Corporatism appeases the political and economic ambitions of the left and the right. Ultimately those in the productive economy pay the price.

Centuries of hard times for the labouring masses eventually gave rise to a reaction by organised labour resulting in the rise of left-wing politics. Corporatism was a way that the ruling elite could co-opt the left and quell potentially revolutionary forces by offering a foothold on the lower rungs of the ladder of privilege.

In this program I demonstrate how many supposedly “progressive” left policies are used to the advantage of the bourgeoisie.

See also:
Breaking The Corporate Matrix
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9-iGDXnOJk

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
http://www.sweden.se/eng/Home/Work/Labor-market/Swedish-trade-unions/

Corporatism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporatism

The History and Politics of Corporate Ownership in Sweden, Peter Högfeldt
http://www.nber.org/chapters/c10276.pdf

Quasi-Corporatism: America’s Home-Grown Fascism, Robert Higgs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Mqqk0fN0OM

Is Sweden Socialist?
http://www.socialistworld.net/doc/3752
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.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Swedish-Economic-Model-socialist-ebook/dp/B00I7V0R0M/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1399541924&sr=8-6&keywords=iakovos+alhadeff