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The Socialist Manifesto - Session III - The God that Failed

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Among all of the experiments with Socialism in the 20th century, perhaps the one that got the closest to achieving an equitable and democratic society was Sweden circa 1970. That may sound strange considering they weren’t Communists like the Soviets or Chinese, and they didn’t openly call for a democratic road to socialism like the Chileans. And while there’re certainly successes to be examined in those scenarios, Sweden offers a particularly striking example of a country with a highly developed welfare state and militant labor movement that came close to socializing Swedish profits. This particular episode refers to the attempts to implement the Meidner Plan in the early 1970s. It’s especially pertinent as Bernie Sanders has recently endorsed proposals to give workers at major corporations an ownership stake in their firms—something that’s been termed a scaled-down version of the Meidner Plan. So what happened to Sweden and why are they not currently living in Socialist paradise? We’ll get you an answer before the end of the meeting!
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