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The creative society by Lars Tvede

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OVER-TAXATIONAND PUBLICBORROWING  

On 10 March 1976, the Swedish newspaper Expressen carried a satirical story entitled “Sagan on Pomperipossa with the Långa näsan”. This was written by author Astrid Lindgren about a writer of childrens’ fiction who, despite her hard work, had almost nothing to live on, since she paid 102% in marginal tax.374 It was rumoured that the story was about Lindgren herself.

This story immediately became a “hot political potato” in parliament, where the leader of the Moderate Party, Gösta Bohman, read it aloud. Afterwards, the leader of the Social Democrats, Gunnar Sträng, took the podium, explaining that ...

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