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