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The failure of social democracy

January 24th, 2018 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/?s=social+democracy: we have critiqued social democracy over and over again here…


These days, as austerity sweeps the advanced capitalist world and welfare states lie in tatters, it’s easy to romanticize post–World War II social democracy. The epoch of strong unions, regulated markets, and rising wages seems like a golden age compared to our current era of plutocratic capitalism.

Yet the sepia tones can distort our vision. The European social-democratic parties were populated with leaders who had reconciled themselves to capitalism and a US-dominated global order. When business mobilized against their reform agenda, they quickly scampered back to safe ground, unable to call in a rank-and-file they’d long since sworn off. Their congenital unwillingness to pursue policies that would threaten “business confidence” ultimately prepared the ground for neoliberalism’s rise.

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