Tomas Brandberg: The Swedish Left Party and some of its History

| 25 september, 2018

Yesterday, the Swedish Left Party got their candidate elected as Second Deputy Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, by active support from the leftist block and passive support from the Alliance.

Jonas Sjöstedt, leader of the Swedish Left Party in a demonstration.

So what kind of party is the Left Party? It is a reformed communist party, its name until 1990 was “Left Party the Communists” and it was for decades an ally of the Soviet Union, also during the Molotov-Ribentrop pact. The Soviet Union also supported the Swedish communists financially.

In the 1970s and the 1980s, the Left Party expressed its support for all kind of Communist dictatorships all over the world, including DDR, Vietnam and North Korea.

Today, the Left Party is not actively officially pursuing any far-reaching socialist agenda, except for higher taxes and more obstacles for entrepreneurship, but the party program contains traditional Marxist formulations about ownership. In particular, its Youth League (Ung Vänster) has connections to extremist leftist organizations. In 2014, leading members of Ung Vänster officially expressed their appreciation of Antifascist Action and the the Revolutionary Front.

Former party leader Lars Ohly (2004-2012) has, during his career, produced a catalogue of anti-democratic quotes such as:

“We must never accept a concept of Democracy that overshadows the class straggle.”

“Restrictions of democratic rights and freedoms can be used in the interest of the working class.”

Ohly also deplored the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

The present leader of the Left Party, Jonas Sjöstedt, has expressed his support for the disastrous regime in Venezuela and when asked about his position regarding property rights in a recent interview he fell back into classic Marxist rhetoric, confirming that he wants to abolish Capitalism and private property.

Anti-Americanism and support for Venezuelan Chavism and Cuban communism has recently been widespread within the Left Party and there until this day no breach with the past.

This is just a very brief summary of the party, which now holds the post of Second Deputy Speaker in the Swedish Parliament. When in power, the Social Democrats routinely relies on this party for support.