For far too long the @SwedishPM has placed the containment of a pandemic in the hands of individuals within the Swedish #folkmarket. It is now time for him to return to the social democratic roots of the #folkhome
(1/23) #covid19 #CoronaVirusSverige @vetcov19 @SvDDebatt #corona
In my #PhD #dissertation (I will link to this at the end of the thread), I argue that #Sweden largely abandoned all notions of the #folkhome where a government played a strong hands-on role in ensuring the health and well-being of the people as one finds in a family/home. (2/23)
The notions of the #folkhome were deeply rooted in social democratic beliefs in fairness, equality, and the health/well being of all in society. To do so it required a strong government that protected these ideals and leaders who led with a moral compass. (3/23) #COVIDー19
During this pandemic, the #Swedish government has been both weak and without a moral compass. #coronavirus #COVID19 #covid #sverige @SwedishPM @Sverigesriksdag @Aftonbladet @Expressen (4/23)
While many like to focus on constitutional issues that prohibit lockdowns, a strong government and leaders with a moral compass would never have allowed one agency to take the country down a path of human sacrifice. Unfortunately, the #folkhome was nowhere to be found. (5/23)
Instead, the citizens were sent to market on their own, within in the system I call the #folkmarket I define the #folkmarket as "a welfare model in which citizens are required by their state to enter a transactional relationship with a market of service providers"
(10/23) @svt
The #folkmarket "serves as both the filter and the medium through which the family (collectives) and the state and the individual and the state occur" (Curtis, 2020, p. 280). (11/23) @svtnyheter @saveswedencov19 @vetcov19 #covid19 #CoronaVirusSverige
The #folkmarket is governed largely by #neoliberal philosophy which places the responsibility for security and health in the hands of individuals who must navigate the competitive welfare #folkmarket in order to manage it on their own. (12/23) @svtnyheter @Sverigesriksdag #sweden
It gives individuals more choice and responsibility as the state is able to outsource their responsibilities to both the market and the individuals. Lastly, it is imperative to understand that the #folkmarket is a duality. (13/23) #Sweden #sverige @SwedishPM
The #folkmarket "is both a market FOR the folk and a market OF folk. The folk are thus both the consumers and the consumed." (Curtis, 2020, p. 280) This all was sold to the Swedish public as an enhancement of their individual rights to design their own lives freely, ... (14/23)
when in actuality it allowed them to be sent to a market that was as eager to choose them. The dynamic has led to a weakening of governmental connection to and responsibility for protecting their citizens from both the market, and external threats such as a pandemic. (15/23) @svt
The #Swedish government has spent decades teaching itself how not to govern by foreclosing on the #folkhome.
What we are seeing right now in Sweden is the inability of a neoliberal #folkmarket system and leadership to even contemplate how to behave as a #folkhome. (16/23) #SVT
We have a public health agency placing the vast majority of responsibility in the hands of both the market and individuals. When both fail to manage a pandemic by following recommendations, it is not the government's fault-- it is either the market or the individuals. (17/23)
It could not possibly be that the government failed to govern or that the government's strategy was inherently flawed. It was that the market and the individuals (often targeted groups of them such as immigrants) failed to follow the rules. (18/23) #neoliberalism @Folkhalsomynd
The bottom line is that what we are witnessing is one of the most extreme cases of a country that culturally maintains historical ideals of a communal #folkhome but in practice and governance has been a neoliberal #folkmarket for decades.(19/23) @SwedishPM @radiosweden @vetcov19
Today, the world and the Swedish people have come to realize that the caring #Swedish #folkhome is a myth and is a mere relic of the Swedish social democratic ideals once held dear. (20/23) @socialdemokrat @SwedishPM @SvDDebatt @dagensnyheter
Today is the moment in history where the world and #Sweden comes to grips with the neoliberal #folkmarket Sweden has become. (21/23) #coronavirus #CoronaVirusSverige #sverige @vetcov19 @vetenskapsakad @Sverigesriksdag @WHO @BBCWorld @cnni
We have now witnessed just how far the Swedish #folkmarket has been allowed to progress, and the extreme degrees of heartlessness it enables their government and people to maintain. (22/23) #COVID19sverige @guardiannews @TheLocalSweden @UNHumanRights #coronavirus #HerdImmunity

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