Norway: Rødt – A Social-Democratic Party

Even the NRK calls Rødt a social-democratic party now.

Today’s interview of Rødt leader Bjørnar Moxnes in the NRK’s Political election program is followed by a comment from Magnus Takvam, where he sums op that Rødt is now a social-democratic party. This completely fits with our analysis of the party since its birth in 2007.

At the end of the interview, Moxnes can’t come up with any differences between Rødt and SV, other than the fact that SV supported the 2011 bombing of Libya. This is something that Rødt would never have done, Moxnes claims. Likewise is their support of the market liberalist Jonas Gahr Støre as new Prime Minister almost without conditions. Moxnes and Rødt seek to drag Støre and the Labor Party to the left if they enter the Storting.

This is of course completely utopian. Labor has—despite its name—been the most important factor in the demolition of welfare and the orientation towards neo-liberalism in Norway. Labor is the architect behind the EØS agreement, which constitutes that market liberalism is to be the guiding economic policy of Norway.

All in all, all of the Storting parties agree on almost everything, and Rødt seeks to tail the largest of these and its policies. The party—whose raison d’être in the last years has been to get Moxnes a paid job in the Storting—has already, even outside of the Storting, been swallowed up by a system where they can help administer war, misery and poverty.


C. Kistler

Also editor of Nouvelle Turquie.