It will soon be 1984…: Ingemar Ståhl’s pioneering 1979 proposal to abolish cash to strengthen the Swedish welfare state

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It is clearly evident from recent developments that government authorities in many respects have failed to gain full control over the citizens of our country. This is especially notable in relation to the problems that have arisen from the spread of so-called grey and black markets and the associated increase in the number of transactions that have evaded taxation. This is not just an efficiency problem in the sense that citizens—partly influenced by the tax evasion propaganda from the right-wing bourgeoisie and the ruthless attacks on society’s ambitions to construct a gentle People’s Home (folkhem)2 based on long-term government planning—are indulging in activities of dubious economic benefits to society as a whole. It also presents a sizable problem of social justice, equity, and possibly even of gender equality.


  • Ingemar Ståhl
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  • Information Systems, Social aspects
  • Business Administration
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-255
Number of pages14
JournalEcon Journal Watch
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication categoryResearch