Sweden. S. Theodoulou. Sweden today. The Model of social democratic society. 1990s: Many social benefits were eliminated and taxes increased. A rich industrialized society facing economic recession and crucial dilemmas:
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“It is a mistake to think that the freedom of human beings, whether in the economic area or the political one, will diminish if they agree to join forces to do such things as they cannot manage by themselves. What is... The main part of our political activity other than attempts to organize such cooperation? We want health insurance, but nobody can manage that of his own. We must therefore create the opportunity for a colective solution. The same is true with respect to our wish to provide social security, to improve our roads, schools, defense, etc. All our political activities are filled with our striving to secure community cooperation to solve such tasks, which we can accomplish together, but which we cannot solve by ourselves” (1954)