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Class War in Social Democratic Sweden

• R Totale

Two activists with the SAC syndicalist union in Sweden write on the "Peace Obligation" proposal which would effectively outlaw strikes and workplaces actions outside of narrow conditions. The piece explains both the political context for the proposal  crafted jointly by employers and major unions and backed by the Social Democratic Party  as well as the the resistance led by a coalition of independent unions and activists. The resurgence of  true or self-proclaimed socialist movements in the Global North has implied very generous interpretations of life in the Nordic countries. Sweden, in particular, has often been hailed as a model for the "democratic socialism" espoused by Bernie Sanders and others. It is true that the legacy of Sweden's strong working-class movement and social-democratic governance makes the welfare state somewhat more resilient than in other countries. Sweden still enjoys a relatively high level of unionization, government funding for e

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