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  •  Social democracy (9+ / 0-)

    Social democracy was the most successful form of capitalism for the working class. But even the best social democracies had holes in their safety nets, especially for immigrants and minorities.

    In addition social democracy is still caught in the growth model of global capitalism and is under severe strain from the pernicious effects of global neo-liberalism.

    I do suspect however that the best functioning social democracies have a distinct advantage for coping with the "The Perfect Storm" of the article, as their working class social solidarity is stronger than a country such as  the USA.

    "Don't believe everything you think."

    by BobboSphere on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 01:02:16 PM PST

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    •  Under pressure yes, but severe strain not really. (6+ / 0-)

      I just spent two weeks in Denmark.

      There are some signs of cutbacks in staffing on public transportation but the system still functions magnificently. The cutbacks are on ticket sellers, not routes or options (in fact there is a massive expansion of Copenhagen's already excellent subway system underway. People now buy tickets via smart phone and flash a Universal Product Code as they enter the train platform. No staff, a little tough on foreign tourists with questions but seemingly no problem for the locals.

      Renewable energy is expanding with government help especially to small owners and public utilities. And the welfare state is still pretty much in tact. Unemployment is very low.

      The rest of your article I pretty much agree with. But if North America could get even close to where Scandinavia is we would be light years ahead of where we are.

      We have only just begun and none too soon.

      by global citizen on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 01:23:26 PM PST

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      •  More on social democracy (11+ / 0-)

        Even the best functioning social democracies are entangled in the system of global neo-liberalism. A major global crash will force them into some very unpleasant choices. I applaud countries like Denmark who do take alternate energy seriously, but their efforts are simply not enough as they are a small nation and it's a very large planet.

        We should look closely at the successes of social democracy, especially in the areas of social solidarity, worker control/ownership as well as  their environmental advances. They have also come closer to gender equity than anyone else that I can recall at the moment.

        But social democracy is simply not applicable to much of the world because of the extreme poverty that exists elsewhere. Social democracy developed out of very specific Euro-centric conditions and its success is  mostly confined to the more wealthy Northern Europe.

        One can look at Spain, Italy, or Greece to see the shortcomings of social democracy in those countries.

        Although many social democrats tend to forget this, it was also a product of the wealth generated from European colonialism and imperialism. Even little Denmark was once an imperialist nation.

        We face a planetary crisis and the clock is ticking. I sincerely believe that as a species we need to make a firm break with capitalism before it breaks the planet. I feel close to the left socialists and greens in Scandinavia and I am convinced they and their ideas will be part of any global transformation.

        "Don't believe everything you think."

        by BobboSphere on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 01:56:24 PM PST

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