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'Swedish feminists should embrace free markets'

Swedish feminists could well secure more support if they decided to embrace free markets rather than left wing ideologies, argues Nima Sanandaji of the Captus think tank.

The modern feminist movement has clear left wing tendencies, with many feminists assuming that market economies are built upon structures that oppress women.

But is this necessarily true? One could make the argument that market economies actually create opportunities for women, while public monopolies within welfare systems limit women’s careers.

Feminist intellectuals in Sweden have become rather influential. Their ideas are supported by the state and incorporated within all levels of public education and research. However, although suggestions such as a “man tax” have been brought forward, feminist ideas have in many cases not been translated into public policy.

The feminist party, Feminist Initiative, was given ample opportunities to reach out to the Swedish electorate during the 2006 elections, but received few votes.

The lack of progress for feminism might be due to the strong influence of left wing ideology, which creates alienation. Many Swedish feminists readily mix Marxist ideas with the women’s cause.

For example, in a speech given at Lund University, one of the leading figures of Swedish feminism, Professor Tiina Ronsenberg is quoted as saying: “Do not be depressed – act. Sooner or later the patriarchy and capitalism will fall, I promise!”

Another example is that of Gudrun Schyman. The leading figure in the Swedish feminist party is also the former leader of the Swedish Left Party, which used to be tied to the Soviet Union. Understandably, feminist ideas become less relevant for public policy decisions when strongly tied to radical left wing ideology.

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Professional women are also hurt by the monopolies, since employment in the public sector is often characterized by low wages. This is the reason why American nurses, who often work in the private sector, have the same salaries as Swedish doctors, usually employed by the public sector. Jobs in the public sector are also associated with bad working conditions. In Sweden, half of those on long term sick leave are found within the public sector, which only employs a third of the workforce.



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Yes, by all means. Why are feminists also almost exclusively hard core socialists?

2 Comments:

Blogger Mustang said...

I believe the answer to your question is that they are poorly educated and intellectually challenged.

Did I win anything?

Monday, 24 March 2008 at 16:55:00 CET

 
Blogger pela68 said...

And the grand prize goes to...

Well actually, many of the high profile feminists are quite well edjucated here. It's in the universities that these kinds of thoughts are growing. Eagerly cheered on by the socialists of course. On what intellectual level the patrons might be is another question. Getting a PhD here is not that hard. As long as you conform your self to the general consensus that is; which of course are socialistic in it's core...

Monday, 24 March 2008 at 18:22:00 CET

 

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