Views from the Beltline: Repeating history—the new need for unionization

For all Donald Trump’s failings, and they are profound and many, he deserves credit for one thing. He acknowledged the anger and despair of those Americans in the Rust Belt states and elsewhere who have seen stable, well-paid manufacturing jobs disappear in the millions. In their place are often low-paid, precarious jobs in the service ...

The Disaffected Lib: That Didn’t Take Long. Is This Assange’s Reward?

Is Julian Assange getting an early Christmas present? A week after Donald Trump’s election victory and six years after Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, a Swedish prosecutor went to the British capital to visit Assange in the embassy. Assange’s team said he agreed to the interview “in part to ensure the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Assange Illegally Detained by UK Police

The London police force has wasted millions of pounds on detaining Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy for years. UN group reportedly backs Julian Assange 'unlawful detention' claim https://t.co/vgeXcKVWHl pic.twitter.com/5ziSJwBdpC — Wired UK (@WiredUK) February 4, 2016 The UN finding in favor of Julian Assange shows what many of us have already known. The UK must ...

Bill Longstaff: Enough of this low tax nonsense

If conservatives believe in low taxes in order to keep government small, so be it, but when they insist that low taxes are necessary for a healthy economy, they are talking rot, parroting a mantra that has been utterly disproved. The low tax theory can in fact be refuted with one word: Sweden. I could ...

Bill Longstaff: News flash—Western nation stands up to Saudis

Western nations may proclaim their virtue but when it comes to Saudi Arabia, they behave like whores. They posture their belief in democracy and human rights but genuflect before a kingdom that manifests contempt for both. The allure of the desert sheiks is twofold: they sell lots of oil and they buy lots of guns. ...

Political Eh-conomy: Beyond social democracy: new institutions, new subjects

So many of the debates on the contemporary left come back to the legacy of social democracy. The Swedish experience came closest to fulfilling social democratic ideals in the post-war era and so speaks to these debates in a unique way. Earlier this year, I talked to Petter Nilssen of Sweden’s Left Party about the legacy ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Interview with an Antifascist Prisoner in Sweden

Joel is an antifascist prisoner in Sweden. In July 2014, he was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for attempted murder, violent disorder, and carrying an illegal weapon. The sentence followed a collective defense against a Nazi attack on an antifascist demonstration in Stockholm. The interview was conducted in the fall of ...

Parchment in the Fire: Morning Star :: Swedish government reveals progressive budget

Morning Star :: Swedish government reveals progressive budget. Filed under: Austerity Tagged: Austerity, Europe, social democracy, Sweden

The Disaffected Lib: We Haven’t Had This Much Fun Since the Cold War

Sweden’s armed forces are hunting for a mystery (i.e. Russian) submarine in waters off Stockholm. “We have begun an intelligence operation … involving ships, helicopters and several ground units,” Commander Jonas Wikstroem told reporters, adding that the operation was based on a tip-off from a “credible source.”Wikstroem did not specify how close the operation was ...

Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Looking towards childcare in Canada, with lessons from Sweden

https://politicalehconomy.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/podcast-141016-childcare.mp3   This week, the federal NDP reignited a national debate over childcare by proposing a universal $15 per day childcare program. This is the focus of today’s episode, which features two guests. First up, Angela MacEwen. Angella is an economist with the Canadian Labour Congress and has long been a strong advocate for public childcare in ...

Political Eh-conomy: Is Canada the Sweden of anything?

There was an odd article last week on the explainer site Vox that argued Sweden doesn’t achieve its relative equality with very progressive, “soak the rich” taxation. While Matt Bruenig and Mike Konczal have already provided excellent, US-centred rebuttals to this argument, I thought this would be a good occasion to take a look at ...

Bill Longstaff: Congratulations, Edward, well-deserved

If I had heroes, Edward Snowden would be among them. Sacrificing his career, accepting exile from his homeland, and risking long years in prison, Snowden revealed to the world the lies behind our intelligence agencies’ claims they did not spy on us, that they did not engage in egregious invasions of our privacy. This act ...

Parchment in the Fire: Free-market era in Sweden swept away as feminists and greens plot new path | World news | The Observer

Free-market era in Sweden swept away as feminists and greens plot new path | World news | The Observer. For a man who is a near-certainty to become Sweden‘s prime minister after today’s general election, Stefan Löfven has had a miserable campaign. In his latest misstep, Löfven, a burly union leader, was accused last week ...

The Disaffected Lib: NATO’s New Legion – Is Canada In?

NATO is organizing a 10,000 strong “expeditionary force” with an eye clearly on the Ukraine. The aim is to create a fully functioning, division-sized force for rapid deployment and regular, frequent exercises. Officials involved in the planning say it will have the capacity to increase significantly in size. The force will incorporate air and naval ...

Things Are Good: Swedes Get Free Bikes if They Promise to Drive Less

Car traffic cripples cities and destroys them. For the last hundred years the common solution to transportation issues was to cater to car drivers and this has left us with endless traffic and awful pollution. The solution today is a mixture of public transit and encouraging people to ride bikes. In France, they are paying ...

Bill Longstaff: Legislating morality—the new prostitution law

Ah, yet another step backward into a failed past. I refer, of course, to our favourite government’s new Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, a piece of legislation that criminalizes the purchase of sexual services. To begin with, the bill isn’t even logical. It criminalizes buying sex but not selling it. While claiming that ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Hakan Bengtsson offers some useful discussion about the challenges facing Sweden’s social democratic system – as the same factors being used to prevent the development of a more equitable society in Canada and elsewhere are being cited as excuses to tear down the model many countries aspire to ...

Bill Longstaff: The U.S. and Sweden—a tale of two incarceration rates

Having just watched the documentary The House I Live In about the U.S. drug war, or more precisely about the abject failure of the U.S. drug war, I was intrigued with an article I came across in The Guardian about Sweden’s dwindling incarceration rate. The number of prison admissions has dropped so rapidly in the ...

Things Are Good: Sweden Ran Out of Garbage

Late last year Sweden ran out of garbage which caused problems in their energy network. In an ironic step, Sweden’s efficient waste diversion programs are so good that their trash-burning power plants couldn’t find anything to burn. To keep electricity flowing they turned to neighbour Norway for their trash. Let’s hope that these waste-diversion programs ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: WikiLeaks: Major Revelations Is What Journalists Do – See @carwinb

There’s some crow to eat this morning, for anti-Assange, anti-Wikileaks people. Last year we got confirmation in the form of a WikiLeaks-Strafor leak of all things, that Assange had been secretly indicted in the US, for his journalism. On January 26, 2011, Fred Burton, the vice president of Stratfor, a leading private intelligence firm which ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: WikiLeaks: Hollywood Hatchet, Swedish Swindle

The problem with how Sweden, the UK, and the United States have been treating Julian Assange of Wikileaks, has dragged on for years. It’s left the foremost journalist in the world stuck in a London apartment building that houses the Ecuadorian Embassy where Assange is trapped as a political prisoner. He sought asylum from the ...

Art Threat: Pirate Bay documentary debuts online

The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard documentary, which tells the story behind the embattled Swedish Pirate Bay project, is now available on YouTube. The film just premiered in Europe and was simultaneously launched on line at Youtube and for download on…Pirate Bay. Following the TPB founders, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm, the doc ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Why is Julian Assange Trapped in Ecuador’s Embassy

People may not know exactly why Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange has been detained in the UK, then trapped in Ecuador’s embassy. The short answer is, because he embarrassed the US military intelligence community, they’ve waged a character assassination war upon him using his casual sex with women against him. The US wouldn’t extradite him directly ...

350 or bust: Sweden Trashes Canada In Renewable Energy

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Canadian Progressive: U.S. pressuring Bradley Manning to implicate Julian Assange (VIDEO)

Julian Assange‘s U.S. attorney, Michael Ratner, claims that the U.S. is getting tougher with Bradley Manning hoping to pressure him to testify against the WikiLeaks founder. He tells The Real News Network: They would want him to testify or roll over against Julian. And it’s not me making that up. The lawyer for Bradley Manning, ...