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Ran across an article in href="http://www.fokus.se/">Fokus En tid som flytt by Anna Ritter.  Her main thesis is there has been a shift in emphasis between two fundamental values in Sweden (apologies for the Google Swedlish):

Deras slutsats är att svenskarna inte gillar kollektivism. Tvärtom, säger de, har Sverige och socialdemokratins politiska projekt byggt på att man tillåtit individer att vara starka och solitära, men hänvisat till dessa fria bönders känsla för jämlikhet och rättvisa och på det sättet legitimerat den starka staten.Their conclusion is that the Swedes do not like collectivism. On the contrary, they say, Sweden and the social democratic political project built on that allowed individuals to be strong and solitary, but refers to the free farmers' sense of equality and justice and thus legitimated the strong State.
Handlade det här valet - och socialdemokraternas misslyckande - inte allra mest om arbetsmoral?

Den där etiken som de skötsamma arbetarna i arbetarrörelsen vurmade. Svenskarna tror ju, enligt flera opinionsundersökningar, att grannen bidragsfuskar. Dessutom avskyr de det. Mer stöd från staten - i form av åtgärder från arbetsförmedlingen eller rena bidrag - tvivlar de på.
Det arbetsmoraliska draget har kanske blivit större än den solidariska jämlikhetstanken?

Was this election - and the Social Democrats' failure - not most of the work ethic?

That ethic has pushed the same workers in the labor movement passion. The Swedes think of course, according to several polls, the nearest neighbor contribution is cheating. In addition, they abhor it. More support from the state - in the form of action by the employment office or pure premium - they have doubts on.
The Rules of moral move may have been greater than the solidarity idea of equality?

If this is true the Left Block is screwed in a couple of different ways, along several different axises.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Sep 22nd, 2010 at 12:31:18 PM EST

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