February 19th, 2020


Как строили социализм в Швеции и Новрвегии

А его реально строили и построили - без революций и тотального демонтажа капитализма. Не утопия, конечно, да плюс толерастия сейчас побеждает, но тем не менее интересный опыт. Были реально нищими, с реальным массовым голодом, а стали одними из самых богатых государств на планете и при этом с работающим социализмом (не путать с коммунизмом как в СССР).

Sweden and Norway, for example, both experienced a major power shift in the 1930s after prolonged nonviolent struggle. They “fired” the top 1 percent of people who set the direction for society and created the basis for something different.
Both countries had a history of horrendous poverty. When the 1 percent was in charge, hundreds of thousands of people emigrated to avoid starvation. Under the leadership of the working class, however, both countries built robust and successful economies that nearly eliminated poverty, expanded free university education, abolished slums, provided excellent health care available to all as a matter of right and created a system of full employment. Unlike the Norwegians, the Swedes didn’t find oil, but that didn’t stop them from building what the latest CIA World Factbook calls “an enviable standard of living.”
There was a time when Scandinavian workers didn’t expect that the electoral arena could deliver the change they believed in. They realized that, with the 1 percent in charge, electoral “democracy” was stacked against them, so nonviolent direct action was needed to exert the power for change.
In both countries, the troops were called out to defend the 1 percent; people died. Award-winning Swedish filmmaker Bo Widerberg told the Swedish story vividly in Ådalen 31, which depicts the strikers killed in 1931 and the sparking of a nationwide general strike. (You can read more about this case in an entry by Max Rennebohm in the Global Nonviolent Action Database.)

От маладца! Или козла в огород

Donald Trump’s pick for health secretary, Alex Azar, was previously an executive at a pharmaceutical company that repeatedly raised the prices of its drugs and tripled the cost of its top-selling insulin over the five years he served as a company president, it has emerged.
Mr Trump announced his choice on Monday, tweeting that Mr Azar would be a “star for better healthcare and lower drug prices”.
If Mr Azar becomes Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary, he will oversee a $1tr (£760bn) department responsible for America’s major insurance programmes, including Obamacare, public health, medical research and food and drug safety.

Трамп назначил своим министром здравоохранения Азара, который до этого был СЕО большой фармецевтической фирмы и поднял за пять лет цену на инсулин в три раза. Ну а чо такого, да? Заплати или умри - твой выбор. Нечем платить? Ну просто умри. Ляпота!