Many northern European countries enjoy tremendous prosperity and relative economic equality thanks to the policies pursued by social democratic parties. These nations used their relative wealth to insure a high standard of living for their citizens—high wages, health care and subsidized education. Most importantly, social democratic parties supported strong labor movements that became central players in economic decision-making. But with the globalization of capitalism, the old social democratic model becomes ever harder to maintain. Stiff competition from low-wage labor markets in developing countries and the constant fear that industry will move to avoid taxes and strong labor regulations has diminished (but not eliminated) the ability of nations to launch ambitious economic reform on their own. Social democratic reform must now happen at the international level. Multinational corporations must be brought under democratic controls, and workers’ organizing efforts must reach across borders.
Now, more than ever, socialism is an international movement. As socialists have always known, the welfare of working people in Finland or California depends largely on standards in Italy or Indonesia. As a result, we must work towards reforms that can withstand the power of multinationals and global banks, and we must fight for a world order that is not controlled by bankers and bosses.
Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden are social democracies of one form or another. These are not failed states.
Government is the only thing we have standing between the Predatory Capitalism of today and the corporations who are running amok, and because the Supreme Court decided that Corporations Are People, and Money is Speech, we now have bought-and-paid-for government representatives who make laws in favor of corporations. The USA is falling apart, both morally and physically/environmentally. Why does it appear to be so frightening to you to try another way (ie, Democratic Socialism via Bernie Sanders)?? The last 35 years of Reagan’s Voodoo Economics has resulted in the destruction of the Middle Class. Do you want to maintain and continue that status quo??
Because a world order controlled by the government is so much better, right? It’s still about control instead of freedom.
Workers are not forced/slave labor in the USA. They take jobs voluntarily. People who start businesses and invest their time and money should control their businesses, not the “democracy” i.e. government.