Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson: The Nordic model and the rise of the far right

Ben Wray

Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson is a weekly podcast with CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson, where he gets behind the 24/7 outrage-driven social media news circus and gets to heart of issues, trying to finding the substance behind the headlines.

IN THIS episode, Jamieson discusses the Swedish elections and the battle for Europe between the far right and the left in the context of the collapse of the centre.

With racist movements on the march across Europe, what can the history of the Swedish Labour movement teach us about a radical economic alternative, and what are the prospects for those alternatives in Scotland and across the UK?

Jamieson discusses:

1:41 – While the far right’s advance in Sweden was more partial than many observers predicted, it shows the Nordic countries are far from immune to the general contagion. The major dynamic is a political polarisation that the left must intervene in.

9:24 – What is the Nordic model, and what are the main misunderstandings about it outside the Nordic countries?

14:17 – How the ‘Nordic Model’ emerged through class conflict and strong working class self organisation, rather than being intrinsic to Nordic society.

20:04 – How should we recieve John McDonnell’s plans to challenge the ownership model of the UK economy, and what was the Meidner plan?

28:04 – Why economic radicalism is necessary to confront the far right on a European scale.

Picture: Lorna Miller

ENJOY COMMONSPACE? Get our daily newsletter so you can keep up-to-date