Scandinavia on the Skids: The Failure of Social Democracy (Reposted)

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Ron Ridenour, journalists and activist, is the author of six books on Cuba including: “Backfire: The CIA’s Biggest Burn”, Cuba Beyond the Crossroads with Theodore MacDonald, and Cuba at Sea, plus other books such as “Yankee Sandinistas“, “Sounds of Venezuela”, and “Tamil Nation in Sri Lanka”. He has lived and worked in Latin America including in Cuba 1988-96 (Cuba’s Editorial José Martí and Prensa Latina), and in Denmark, Iceland, Japan, and India. www.ronridenour.com; email: ronrorama@gmail.com


Denmark was a vanguard country in sexual freedom and gender equality. Brothels were legal as far back as in the 1870s. For some of 1900s sex for sale was illegal but allowed. Denmark was the first country in the world to legalize pornography, July 1969. Freetown Christiania is a major tourist attraction. It belonged to the military when, on September 4, 1971, the abandoned military area of 34 hectares was occupied by neighbors who broke down the fence. They set up living quarters in abandoned barracks and some built their own housing. Youth House was a legal underground Copenhagen center for music and free lifestyle, mainly used by autonomists and leftists for two decades until 2007.

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One thought on “Scandinavia on the Skids: The Failure of Social Democracy (Reposted)

  1. Capitalism overall, and the middle class support for our war on the poor, has guaranteed that positive change isn’t possible in the foreseeable future. The reason the talk about “revolution” is so foolish: Who would fight whom and for what? We’re split apart, rich vs. middle class vs. poor, further pitted against each other by race, religion, political ideology. As the overall life expectancy of the US poor already fell below that of every developed nation, those who wave the “progressive” banner call on us to stand up — to maintain the status quo of the bourgeoisie.

    Meanwhile, the US government has been so completely engaged in meddling in other countries that it doesn’t have time to notice how badly the US is falling apart. Since 2000 alone, the US has lost some 5 million manufacturing jobs, in a country where there is nothing to fall back on. We deal with this crisis by ignoring it.

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