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The past year-and-a-half has been rather extraordinary. The global spread of corona virus has caused millions of deaths and still threatens to take even more. Meanwhile, the immanent economic crisis arising from the pandemic has spread around the globe with a potential of becoming even worse in the time to come. Yet, at the same time the COVID crisis has made some of the problems relating to the recent socio-economic developments more visible, providing an opportunity to re-direct socio-economic democratic development across Europe in a direction of more economic democracy.
In his recent book Nordic Socialism Pelle Dragsted, a former MP for the Danish Red-Green Alliance, insists on the rethinking of the dominant paradigm focusing on the redistribution of the wealth. This is not enough, argues Dragsted; the whole idea of ownership needs to be re-thought. In the light of the privatization that we experienced after the last economic crisis and the widespread and rising disapproval of it, Dragsted further argues that the time has come for the Left to convince populace that a different world is possible.
Against this background, we have invited Pelle Dragsted to this online debate aiming to address challenges and opportunities arising with the corona pandemic. This is the first in a series of eight online debate meetings addressing the arising economic crisis relating to the ongoing corona pandemic. In cooperation with the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung and the three left parties in respectively Germany, Sweden and Denmark DEO seeks to map strategies, opportunities and dilemmas for the left; and in this first debate we place the emphasis on the Nordic Socialism.
Online debate with Pelle Dragsted, former Danish MP for the Red-Green Alliance and the author of Nordisk socialisme: På vej mod en demokratisk økonomi (Nordic Socialism: Towards an economic democracy). DEO’s chief analyst Rasmus Nørlem Sørensen will moderate the debate.
The project is sponsored by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (Brussels), a German political foundation closely linked to Die Linke, the German Left Party.