November 9, 2018

THE lEFT IS THE rIGHT:

How the Swedish left moved right (Daniel Andersson, 11/09/18, Al Jazeera)

In order to survive under neoliberal hegemony, Swedish and European social democracy have moved towards the political centre under the banner of supposedly post-conflict Third Way politics. This is actually an adoption of neoliberal ideology, justifying market liberalisation, privatisation and welfare degradation as the only alternative. Over time, the move has effectively narrowed the political field and resulted in rising inequality. Today, Sweden shows the largest growth in inequality among OECD-countries.

As mainstream parties have started to look more and more the same, right-wing populists have managed to use ethnocentric xenophobia, welfare chauvinism and contempt of elites to attract those disenchanted by consensus politics.

The conflict between free markets and identitarianism could hardly be more natural.

Posted by at November 9, 2018 4:20 AM

  

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