The Rise of Swedish Fascism

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For once, I actually agree with the leftists about something. I, too, am very concerned about the rise of fascism in Sweden.

The difference is that their definition of fascism has evolved into Orwellian newspeak to mean anyone who does not unconditionally embrace open borders, denial of all forms of domestic culture, and flaming self-hatred under the White Guilt blanket. My definition is the real thing.

When Benito Mussolini started out, he was a socialist but found it wanting. He soon went on bring fascism to the world, with a Great Leader, the uber-strong state, corporativism, increased citizen surveillance, reduced personal freedom, and all the other fun stuff jackbooted thugs across the world tend to get all giggity about to this day.

Like Hitler, Mussolini was made prime minister as a compromise and a stopgap to bring order to chaos. The communist threat was dire in the early 1920s. Mussolinis politics, and perhaps more importantly, his blackshirt brigade, was just the antidote to keep the reds at bay, people believed.

But the fascist party was small and had little real political power. Mussolinis hands were tied, having only 34 deputies in Parliament and 10 Nationalist allies. So to enable effective minority rule, the Acerbo Law was proposed by Baron Giacomo Acerbo in 1923.

The cornerstone of the law was to abolish proportional representation, instead providing the single largest party a full two-thirds of the seats in Parliament. The last third was to be divvied up amongst the losers. Simply put: The biggest dog in the room was given absolute carte blanche.

The law was passed by the Italian Parliament in November 1923, gaining support by many (including the liberals (!)) as a way to end the political chaos of the time. The fascists immediately exercised the new law and grabbed power.

I bet many praised the newfound stability at first, having “taken responsibility” and “doing what is best for the country”. Unfortunately, we all know what happened after Il Duce was freed from the shackles of political opposition.

The new Swedish “December Agreement” was initiated with a handshake and a joint press conference on December 27, soon to be followed with formal legislative changes.

The new agreement explicitly states that the biggest minority government is to be given free reign without any bothersome opposition. The current government coalition only holds just over 37% of the votes, yet now get to dictate anything that has an associated cost or economic impact. In other words, pretty much everything.

If the leftist government decides to double the taxes and confiscate everything exceeding $1000 in the citizens’ bank accounts, they may do so. The conservative opposition is forced to sit on their hands and forfeit their votes, allowing the measures to pass.

On the flip side, if the conservatives would regain power in 2018, they could privatize and sell the entire famous Swedish medical care system in one fell swoop, to the seething silence of the leftist opposition.

In effect, Sweden has now enacted the Acerbo Law.

Let us pray that this time, just for once, the diminishing of democratic principles for “the good of the country” will not end as badly as it has every other time in history the phrase has been used.

Sources:
1. “Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany” by Alexander DeGrand (1995), ISBN 0-415-10598-6.
2. Idiot politicians.

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“This is civil treason!”

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The chairman of Sweden’s oldest conservative think tank, dating back to 1891, has submitted a scathing article in conservative newspaper Svenska Dagbladet on the new deal struck where the snap election was cancelled because the formerly conservative opposition agreed to roll over and blindly adopt socialism.

This is civil treason!

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Long before the parliamentary election last fall, Stefan Löfven (S) in particular was pushed by the conservative opposition on the potential Government constellations he would go to the polls on. The few replies presented were mildly put evasive, and a historically weak red-green minority government with the support of the Left was thus a fact.

Because of this situation, the conservative Alliance budget won the vote in parliament and the government was thus forced to administer the same, something Stefan Löfven promised not to do – one of many broken promises. That he now shy away not to call an extraordinary election is yet another broken promise to add to the pile.

But it is obviously not only the Social Democrats who have trouble keeping their promises. The so-called “December Agreement” that had been developed during the holiday season and was presented last Saturday, the conservative opposition ceased to be just the opposition in parliament. Instead, they agree to act the role of an airbag to Stefan Löfven and keep his sorry government propped up through artificial support.

This is a danger to the political debate, but also a betrayal of the many volunteers struggling for their conservative parties and especially the millions of voters who cast their votes on any of the conservative Alliance parties. A group many of whom are guaranteed to feel deceived now, only a few months after parliamentary elections. And rightly so.

Instead of continuing to force the prime minister to seek support in parliament, the Alliance chooses simply to surrender. It is nothing more than pathetic. To the Alliance over the next few years promise to support red-green budget options (influenced by the now strengthened the Left) regardless of its political content is nothing more than a political betrayal that is unparalleled in modern history of Sweden. The agreement also forces the freely elected MPs to support the political opponents’ policies rather than to pursue the policies that voters have given them mandate to do.

This unsuspecting’s move has also shown that the Alliance obviously no longer has the vision of itself to form a state-supporting government without support from their traditional political opponents.

Sweden Democrats’ continued success in the polls is obviously one of the main reasons that Stefan Löfven made a 180-degree turn and reneged on his promised snap election. There was a risk that some of the conservative parties would get kicked out of parliament and the Sweden Democrats would strengthen its position.

However, this is an extremely short-term perspective. By jumping into bed with the Social Democrats and the Green Party is the established political parties cemented the image that the Sweden Democrats have long tried to maintain: The Sweden Democrats is the only opposition party.

If the other parties had engaged in a serious debate on migration and integration policies, and listened to many constituents’ legitimate concerns, the Sweden Democrats had not become so successful as they are today. Today they have a near monopoly on the issue, and to recreate a lost trust is difficult.

The possibility of civil renewal many looked for a time as opposition now is gravelled. Instead made further overtures to the socialist and the identity of political parties of the left. The Alliance could have taken a while and come back at an extraordinary election, but with this agreement, it will get the opposite. Instead of conducting conservative opposition politics worthy of the name, the Alliance has simply chosen to become useful idiots.

The values ​​that the conservatives has been previously identified with and stood up for the now vanished. What remains is a bunch of windbags who are obviously more interested in securing their own pay than to fight for a policy they actually believe. We are unable to name this as something other than high treason.

CHRISTOFFER ORMÉUS

Chairman and other Board members of the association Heimdal

Footnote: The association Heimdal was founded in 1891 in Uppsala, Sweden’s oldest and largest civil student association. The association is open to all bourgeois students, both liberals as conservatives and those who sympathize with the bourgeois parties. At present, the association has about 250 members. Among the association’s former president may be mentioned Per Selstam, Anders Borg, Hans Wallmark, Per Dahl, and Leif Vindevåg.

[Reposted with kind permission by the author. Translation by Google Translate, edited by this blog owner. Article originally published in Svenska Dagbladet.]

Swedish snap election cancelled

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Swedish newspaper Expressen is now reporting that the promised snap election in March has been cancelled. The information has been confirmed by several government sources, and all parties except nationalist party SD and communist party V will hold a joint press conference at 10:30 CET to this effect.

UPDATE: The press conference is available live with a transcript on state TV website SVT.se.

As stated, the snap election has indeed been called off. Instead, the parties have agreed to cooperate to block nationalist party SD, the third largest, from getting any influence. This “influence” is the demand that Sweden reduces it’s extreme immigration to that of neighboring countries.

Sweden has ten times the immigration of the rest of Europe, primarily low-educated people from MENA that are greatly overrepresented in the unemployment and crime statistics.

But now the traditional parties have reached an agreement to maintain and even increase the inflow, despite deteriorating state finances and voter resistance to increased immigration (according to the SOM survey of 2014, only 18% of voters support increased immigration; most oppose it).

Nationalist party SD received 12,9% of the votes in the September election, but increased to the 17-18% range in polls after they put their foot down regarding immigration. Some believed SD would have reached 20% or more should the March snap election have taken place.

Now the government and the “opposition” can continue to railroad the voters with unwanted policies for four years unopposed.

Swedish Democracy
Rest In Peace
1921-2014

Mosque set ablaze in Swedish town [UPDATE 3]

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A few hours ago a mosque was set on fire in the Swedish town of Eskilstuna. Who committed the arson is unclear at this time. What we do know is that the congregation supposedly belongs to the Dawa-movement, which is actively recruiting for ISIS.

There have been confrontation between the muslims and Kurds demonstrating against ISIS at this mosque before, and anyone familiar with the middle east knows the bad blood between opposing factions of islam.

But as previously stated, at this point nobody knows who threw the molotov cocktail. It is possible that a lone white supremacist made it into the immigrant-dominated neighborhood and out again unseen, unlikely as it may seem. We just don’t know.

This doesn’t stop the Swedish mainstream media from jumping to conclusions.

Expressen headline: “There is islamophobia in our society

Aftonbladet interview with the justice minister: “I find it hard to believe anything but that this severe violence was directed against Muslims as a group and Islam as a religion.”

Svenska Dagbladet manages to dig up some loon on Facebook who cheered at the news, then quotes Omar Mustafa, the head of the Islamic Union in Sweden: “There has been an intensification in the hatred against muslims.”

In Dagens Nyheter the indignant culture minister starts talking about hate crimes until even the Swedish journalist has to interrupt to point out that we don’t know that it IS a hate crime yet. But she assumes it will turn out to be, she defends herself.

And on Twitter? Whoo boy. Ugly.

Now that the media and the other seven parties have already decided this is nationalist party SDs fault for “encouraging” and “organizing” islamophobia, it will be interesting to see what happens in the next few days.

If it does turn out to be some contemptible white person who threw the molotov cocktail, watch for the greatest media orgasm in decades. The party will last for weeks and weeks, preferably all the way to the snap election in March. But if the story suddenly vanishes without a trace, odds are it’s another muslim faction or anti-ISIS activist immigrant. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Facts surrounding this case is starting to seep out. For starters, the police has now very cautiously begun dialing back on the assumption that this was arson to begin with. In local newspaper Eskilstunakuriren, chief investigator Lars Franzell says the investigation is far from completed but points out that he can’t confirm that anything at all has been tossed into the mosque.

Meanwhile, through some grassroots detective work on web community site Flashback shows an odd timeline. The writer points out:

“The afternoon prayer started at 12:52 on the dot. The imam, located in the prayer room, then posts a Facebook update at 12:57 stating that he can ‘smell smoke’. But according to the media, the 112 call [911 in Europe] was not placed until 13:18.”

That’s quite a time gap if someone chucks a molotov cocktail in any scenario. He then posts several pictures showing the mosque interior with wall-to-wall carpeting, which would have made the spread of the fire quite quick. However, a kitchen fire, that starts small but gradually increases until someone panics and smashes a window to get out (creating a sudden inflow of oxygen that’d set off the fire in a semi-explosive manner) would fit this timeline like a glove.

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Swedish news site Nyheter Idag also interviewed lead investigator Franzell. When pressed about the molotov cocktail he states they have not yet found anything. “We’ll have to see if the technicians can find anything,” he said.

But there was a witness, saying a man holding the molotov cocktail was on the scene just before the fire?

“We have no documentation that an offender has been seen by any witness,” Franzell said.

Franzell confirms that initially there was information that someone claimed to have seen a person outside the premises who may have started the fire. But the source of this claim remains unknown to the investigation, nor do they know any other details about the claim which is why Frantzell remains secretive.

“We do not know where these allegations of an arsonist comes from. We continue to investigate this.”

UPDATE 2: lead investigator Franzell has now gone on the record with state-owned radio SR to fully retract his statement yesterday that the fire was the work of an arsonist.

So… What it increasingly looks like is this: Someone in the muslim congregation starts a kitchen fire, as it gets worse someone panics and smashes a window, which makes the fire accelerate. When the fire department arrives someone makes up a story about a phantom arsonist and then refuses to fess up when it gets real.

Meanwhile, the lead investigator, now blaming “chaos on the scene,” took this totally unsubstantiated story before having secured one shred of hard evidence and announced to the world that some arsonist was throwing molotov cocktails.

Then the Swedish mainstream media and opportunistic politicians took this one step further and immediately started howling about “islamophobia”, interviewing muslim community leaders who of course pounces on the opportunity to wail about persecution, and even a government minister shrieking hysterically about “hate crimes”.

After that the story is picked up by BBC, AFP and Reuters, who displayed some curiously biased reporting by purposefully weaving together the leaf-thin facts of the case with references to the immigration debate and previous right-wing hate crimes in a painfully obvious attempt to smear nationalist party SD whose involvement in all this regardless of everything is, um, nil.

Finally, the Reuters, AFP and BBC stories get bounced around the globe across some 100+ news outlets, all echoing what turned out to be an epic fail on all levels.

We still have to await the final verdict by the technicians tomorrow, but based on the fact that Franzell now has gone on the record with a full retraction on the arsonist-angle is telling.

Well folks, it has been a fascinating story to follow political correctness and incompetence join hands to go off the rails in a slow motion, play-by-play fashion like this. It’s been a fun ride ladies and gentlemen, I hope you found it as bizarrely entertaining as I did.

UPDATE 3: The police has yet to release a final verdict on the cause of the fire, but it is becoming increasingly certain it was NOT a molotov cocktail.

News site Fria Tider interviewed lead investigator Franzell. His team spent yesterday fine-combing the place with dogs specially trained to sniff out flammable materials and accelerants used in fire bombs; they came up empty handed.

The technicians are still working and have “certain theories” on the cause of the fire, but for now the investigation is “ongoing”.

Any news on the witness who claimed to have seen the phantom arsonist? “No, no we don’t have anything,” he said.

So… It increasingly seems the only crime committed here is that of incompetence and opportunistic political correctness. I bet we’ll see equally dramatic headlines bounce across the globe on Reuters and AFP when it turns out Sweden is NOT a fascist hellhole packed with violent islamophobes. Not.

The Swedish shopping experience

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Having just returned to Sweden after a much-needed vacation, I am reminded of the many subtle and not-so-subtle differences when it comes to something as mundane as going to a store.

Even before you enter the Swedish store, you have to run the gauntlet between the increasingly aggressive Romanian beggars. These beggars make a living thrusting their cups at customers while feigning various handicaps and/or waving pictures of their children, all of which supposedly have heart disease and require expensive surgery back in Romania.

In other parts of the world, store owners recognize that this kind of assault on potential customers is bad for business and have their security keep the entrance clear. Swedish merchants are either oblivious to the negative impact on business, or are prevented from doing anything about it due to a combination of local laws, the threat of negative news coverage, and local do-gooders just itching to show off their moral superiority by springing to the beggars’ defense. Either way, going to a Swedish store means getting hassled both coming and going.

If it’s a grocery store, your next action is probably to get a shopping cart. Swedish carts do not use the normal kind of wheel-locking system that kicks in if you try to leave the parking lot, but instead relies on a coin-deposit that unlocks the cart. The coin is then returned when the cart is back and again locked at the cart collection point. So far, so good.

The problem starts when you try to push the cart, especially on a slope, because the two rear wheels are not set. All four wheels swivel freely at a full 360 degrees, which makes the cart much more likely to start rolling sideways when you unload the cart into your car. As a result, dings and scratches are quite commonplace on Swedish cars. It can also be something of a back-breaker to control a full cart on a sloped parking lot since you have to twist-and-push in an awkward manner rather than just lean back a little on one side.

It should also be noted that no Swedish carts I’ve seen have any kind of restraint for young children riding in the foldable seat. Anyone who has had a two-year old in their life knows that no force on earth can keep an adventurous child from following their instinct for exploration and mischief. Unfortunately, that can mean a nasty drop onto an unpadded floor.

Well inside the store, the prices include sales tax. To Sweden’s credit, they are pretty transparent with pricing and provide per-unit comparisons between different products so you can readily see if the 625 gram jar of pasta sauce is actually cheaper than the other brand with its 485 gram jar.

What you will NOT find is alcohol, except extremely watered-down beer. The Swedish government does not trust the citizens to purchase alcohol freely, leaving the government-run liquor stores as the de facto monopoly. This flies in the face of European Union law, but nothing has changed despite the entry into EU some 20 years ago.

They also slap on a few hundred percent extra tax on alcohol, presumably to discourage drunkenness, but since Sweden is part of EU it just means everyone in the south buys their Swedish-made beer and booze in Germany instead. So: Swedish brewer makes beer, loads it onto truck, truck drives to Germany, beer is stocked at store just inside German border, Swedish consumers pile into their cars and drive to German border store, load up their cars and drive the Swedish beer back home. Then the Swedish politicans thump their chests about dropping sales in the Swedish liquor stores, considering it proof that their draconian taxation is improving public health.

Anyway. At the check-out, you will discover that there is no such thing as baggers. The very concept of helping people bag their groceries and giving the elderly a hand out to their car is completely foreign to Swedes. Instead, they use a system that can only be described as The Food Crusher.

Swedish stores use the same kind of conveyor belt check-out found elsewhere in the world. But since there is no bagger to receive the items on the other end, everything piles up with the first items getting relentlessly crushed against the metal edge. If you don’t take great care to place hard and heavy items first and fruit, bread, eggs etc. last, you will have a delightful mess on your hands. Cashiers cheerfully leave the belt running even as you pay, just to make sure your bag of chips is reduced to microscopic crumbs by the time you have a chance to rescue it from The Food Crusher.

Haggling, the cornerstone of any purchase in southern Europe, is pretty much a non-issue in Sweden. For one thing, Swedes in general are much too timid to haggle. There are of course exceptions, but Swedes are for the most part the wet dream of any aggressive street vendor; first they’re too polite to just ignore the jolly man attaching himself like a leech, and then they pay the ridiculous first price because, well, Swedes pay sticker price.

Those looking for a Wal-Mart will be surprised to find that Sweden is one of the few places on Earth that does NOT have a Supercenter in every little armpit of a town killing the local businesses. The reason is unclear, but the Wal-Mart concept exists … in one place, and one place only: Ullared, a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. The store Gekås imports cheap clothes, tools, toys etc. from China and sells them for perhaps 20% less than regular stores due to the large volumes.

The natives find this concept so jaw-dropping that it is big business organizing shopping trips by bus for people in all corners of the country to go to Gekås. The store keeps a nearby campground and several rental cabins, because many choose to spend their vacation shopping there. Yes, multi-day shopping, from morning to evening, every day. There is a line to even get in the store.

So the Swedish market should be more than ripe for online merchants to make a killing. And while e-commerce is growing, it is hampered by excessively expensive shipping costs. For comparison, a regular US stamp is 49 cents. That covers the cost of bringing a letter from Florida to Alaska. Sweden, roughly the size of California, needs 7 SEK (90 cents) to deliver a letter. Media mail and similarly discounted rates do not exist.

Finally, while the Swedish sales tax is always included in the sticker price, it should be noted that it is a sky-high 25% (with a few exceptions). Not quite shoppers paradise.

A guest column

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Normally I don’t reblog or repost other people’s material, but the other day there was a guest column in conservative newspaper Svenska Dagbladet that caught my eye.

It is written by an immigrant engaged in the fight against the Islamist slaughter of Christians and minorities in Syria and Iraq. He puts the spotlight on one of the weakest and most dangerous parts of Sweden’s deplorable immigration policy: The absolute lack of control about who passes through the doors. The result is bad no matter how you turn.

Radicalized islamists can set up their terrorist organization and prepare for the caliphate with impunity. Real refugees, who have fled exactly those Islamists, get crowded out and may be denied asylum because an Islamist was a skilled liar and stole the spot. Or, as seen below, a real refugee may actually end up face to face with a known killer also enjoying full refugee protection by the Swedish state. Finally, Islamists with permanent residence can soon apply for citizenship. With his new Swedish passport in hand, he enjoys unrestricted travel with minimal security scrutiny in the rest of the western world.

In the Swedish political debate, parties and journalists alike tend to talk about “immigrants” as if it was a homogenous group. Nothing could be more faulty.

Without further ado, a guest column:

The difficult issues have to be discussed, not silenced

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The speakers are playing Swedish singer Carola’s version of Christmas, Christmas, Radiant Christmas. I am at a hairdresser in Södertälje. The owner of the salon is from Syria and has been in Sweden for a few years, a very talented hairdresser. I can hardly breathe in there as he has mopped the floor with bleach. He apologizes when he sees my shortness of breath, and then point at his cell phone with outrage.

Three men have gathered around his iPhone. They watch a video of a funeral of a religious leader. A man in the funeral procession is holding up a black Islamic flag and shouting, weeping as he speaks to the dead: “We will do our utmost to fulfill your dream of an Islamic state!” There are about a hundred people at the funeral. The funeral is taking place in Sweden.

The hairdresser is so angry and upset that I get scared that he’ll slip with the scissors and hurt me when he’s cutting my hair. That, or he’ll cut off a finger.

“What’s with the Swedes? Why does not the government anything? Why are these people not in jail? Will they really get to threaten us and get away with it? Anyone wishing for an Islamist state in Sweden will also demand that we all bow down to Islam or die, whether you are a Muslim who refuses to follow the extremists, Christian or atheist. That’s what we have fled!”

I try to calm down the hairdresser and the other men start getting angry at me. They wonder if I’m crazy, why do I downplay the terrorist threat? A fourth man joins. He is also getting a hair cut, but after a minute he joins the conversation. He came to Sweden from Syria a few months ago and says that in some asylum receptions there are supporters of terrorist organizations such as al-Nusra Brigades and IS. He says that both Boko Haram in Nigeria and al-Shabaab in Somalia has sympathizers in the Swedish lodging for asylum seekers.

The men in the hair salon are getting fired up. They are all Christian Assyrians / Syrians / Chaldeans and has fled the international Jihadist atrocities in the Middle East. The new arrival who just recently passed through the asylum housing interrupts the others. Almost shouting, he exclaims: “Sweden must either keep close watch of the Islamists who come here, or close the borders completely!”

I ask what he means, since that means those who truly need asylum will not get it. That he could not obtain a residence permit and find shelter here. He continues to shout: “At the Migration Bureau, they have absolutely no control over who seek asylum here! The investigation goes in a flash, just like that, and you can cook up whatever lies for any story!”

They continue to interrupt each other and spew bile over Swedish migration policy; they are both angry and afraid, as they perceive it, that Islamists alike “may do as they please in Sweden” and “that anyone can come here, even mass murderers”.

One of them turns to me: “My cousin got married in Skåne a month ago, my second cousin from Södertälje was present at the wedding. At a nightclub afterwards he saw his brother’s killer, an al-Nusra member. Is that how it’s supposed to be?!”

I answer that we have a law for war criminals in Sweden. Me and my colleagues have reported on war criminals walking free on our streets, who mistakenly saw Sweden as a safe haven. I agreed that one should be tried for war crimes here.

I received more questions: “What do you think about those who travel here, Swedes who go to kill innocents in Iraq and Syria? Should they just be able to return here without being held accountable for their brutality?” I answer that I obviously think that no one should get away with kidnapping, rape and murder.

Some answers are simple. But many issues surrounding asylum migration are difficult and contradictory. My dad’s cousin Souhel is heading to Sweden; at least we hope that smugglers should be able to get him here. I want to Souhel to receive protection, but we do not want the terrorists he escapes from to also obtain a residence permit in Sweden. [editor’s note: all Syrians are automatically approved for permanent residence in Sweden, if they manage to reach the country.]

These kind of questions need to be discussed rather than silenced. Precisely because they are so complex and difficult. After all, Swedish laws capable of creating real legal certainty and security is a strong reason why we come here.

Nuri Kino is a writer, journalist and founder of the organization A Demand For Action available in 19 countries and works for the protection of minorities in Iraq and Syria.

[Posted with permission by the author. Translated by Google Translate and edited by this blog owner.]