Olof Palme at the Swedish Social Democratic Labour Party's 1975 congress.

The argument from social democracy's conservative foes that the welfare state invalidated socialism or that improving living conditions made people conservative was to be rejected.

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Instead, the universal welfare state and full employment did not make people conservative. It broadened the political horizons of what was possible by forcing through and increasing the demands of the labor movement.

It built class consciousness and solidarity.
Palme observes in the speech, for example, how the development of the welfare state increased popular support for the idea of a planned economy.

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19 Nov
1/3 On market concentration / worker power.

Sectoral bargaining doesn't overcome the contradiction between competition and worker power.

SB makes workers more powerful only in the sense that it makes employers and unions *equal.* It also makes employers into a monopsony.
2/3 In a bargaining system where unions and employers are formally equal, increased worker bargaining power may still depend upon more market concentration.

That's because smaller firms with less financial strength will yield fewer concessions and wage increases to unions.
3/3 It does not matter that they are formally represented by one group or association. The negotiators for the employers will still need to take into account the circumstances of individual firms.
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19 Nov
The Lockean Proviso seems to require socialism.

The idea that labor entitles individuals to ownership makes no sense in modern industry. Property (capital) is derived not from the effort of single individuals, but from massive workforces and even government resources.
The ''contribution'' of one capital owner to the whole is rather insignificant on its own.
Amazon probably hundreds of major shareholders whereas that is not the case with farms.
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