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i was under the impression that the government was privatizing rapidly and had only recently slowed the process because the far right is now a presence in the legislature and is worried about foreigners buying Swedish assets.

Perhaps I'm poorly informed.

by rootless2 on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 08:45:18 PM EST
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There has been a general movement for deregulation and privatization in Sweden for the last 20 years. This has had certain positive effects (deregulation and privatization of telecoms and schools) and certain negative effects (deregulation of power market and railroads), of which neither have been earth-shattering nor system-changing. The entry of the populist right has indeed stopped some of the planned privatizations, which has been both bad and good, as some of those companies should really have been sold (Nordea, SBAB), while others absolutely should not (Vattenfall, except the foreign assets).

It's not a black and white picture.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Mon Nov 21st, 2011 at 08:29:32 AM EST
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No matter, it cannot be called "collapse of the Social Democratic state in Sweden".

Or actually, it could, and that's a very good thing. The Swedish welfare state is still in excellent shape, but the Social Democratic state, the so called "One party state", where the Party merged with state authorities, has collapsed. And good riddance!

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Mon Nov 21st, 2011 at 08:31:40 AM EST
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I get much darker picture of the situation from my swedish friends. However, they may be unusual swedes lacking the bubbly optimism that Swedes are famous for.
Or  they could just be wrong.
by rootless2 on Mon Nov 21st, 2011 at 12:15:29 PM EST
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Of course, some of the more ideological pure Swedish leftwingers have an automatic response: that all privatizations by definition are bad. To me, that's just as absurd a view as the idea that all privatizations are good. Some things belong in the public sphere while some belong in the private. An astounding number of Swedish leftists held the in my mind absurd view that it was a bad idea to sell Absolut Vodka for a p/e ratio of 25-35 (or whatever it was in the summer of 2008. If you believe that was a bad idea, I suppose you might believe anything.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Mon Nov 21st, 2011 at 02:47:34 PM EST
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