Goodbye Sweden

  

This is the last post on this blog. I am leaving Sweden for good shortly, and will no longer be following its descent from what was once the third most prosperous country in the world. Frankly, it’s just too damn depressing. 

I was born and raised in Sweden, which leaves a cultural mark even though I moved to USA in the 1990s and have spent the better part of my adult life as an American. Coming back for a few years has been a shocking experience.

When I was a child, Sweden was a dull yet very safe place to live. Yes, there was a heavy blanket of socialism and collectivist values covering everything, but there was a core of pragmatism beneath the redness. The intention and goal was always to benefit the citizens, even though they went about things in a backwards manner. 

 

Prime minister Löfven 
Today, it’s as if the inmates are running the asylum. The politicians are participating in a chicken race of “goodness” where everybody tries to one-up each other in caring for the citizens of OTHER countries while Swedish retirees, school children, handicapped and other vulnerable categories of people are thorougly ignored. Violence is exploding. Jihadist Trojan horses are flowing through the porous border along with the tens of thousands ID-less refugees. 

But what makes me the most pessimistic about Sweden’s future is how the social fabric itself has been undermined. 

Now, to be clear, it is my opinion that modest immigration is healthy for society and beneficial for trade, cultural development and so forth. Protectionism as a concept is counter-productive, while free trade and the ability for skilled labor to go where they’re in demand is beneficial for everyone.

Having said that, what Sweden is doing is something completely different. The once homogenous population has been forever altered by a rapid and massive addition of people from vastly different cultures and value-systems. 26,8% of the population is now foreign-born or with at least one foreign-born parent, and the national census bureau estimates that some 150 000 per year will arrive to the country of just 9,8 million residents.

There simply is no possible way to absorb and assimilate such volumes of people, period. Then you are merely creating ethnic enclaves, which due to incompatible language, culture and job skills become ghettos, which in turns brews crime, misery and extremism. Once the inflow has exceeded the capacity for absorbtion, further immigration only makes the problem worse. 

It’s like someone having read that a cup of green tea per day is healthy, so they make it a policy to chug four gallons per day, every day. It’s a good thing overdone to the extreme until it becomes toxic.

Then you have the Swedish school system. There really is no nice way to put it; it’s a complete disaster. The minister of education is a man-boy who spends his time making Youtube-videos showing heart-signs with his hands to boost school results, while university-level students can’t read and comprehend the course literature. 

  
Education minister Gustav Fridolin
Since there is a delay in the changes in the school system, it is only in recent years the full impact of the knowledge-averse “progressive” school system is starting to be felt. Hard facts are largely irrelevant; the important thing is to sit in a group and discuss things until a consensus is reached. But with no hard facts to base the conclusions on, it becomes an exercise in futility because it’s all random assumptions and opinions. As a university-level history student (!) was quoted as saying in newspaper Svenska Dagbladet the other day: “Why would all these dates matter? Who cares in what order things happened?”

That’s not exactly fertile soil for creating the researchers and engineers of the future.

Financially, Sweden is an oddity in that it never had its real estate correction when Lehman Bros went belly-up and the housing market everywhere in the West crashed. Sweden just kept steaming ahead, which means housing is ridiculously overinflated. In Stockholm, the real estate prices increased 19% and in Gothenburg 24% in the last 12 months alone — from an already sky-high level. 

  
Tear-down abandoned house from 1932 with small, unremarkable lot in the outskirts of Stockholm. Current bid: 7,5 million SEK, or close to $900,000.

As a result, personal debt of the Swedish population is at an all-time high. To keep all this afloat the normal mortgage interest rates are at 2% with central bank Riksbanken at -0,25%, and yet a significant portion of the borrowers are hanging by a thread. If and when foreign banks and investors decide it’s time to turn their backs on Sweden (as happened in the early 1990s) there’s going to be a lot of pain.

Then you have the financial obligations going forward. Like much of the western world, there is a demographic change where fewer tax-paying adults are to support a glut of retirees. What makes it especially dire for Sweden is that in addition to the old Swedes, there’s also a ton of elderly immigrants that are granted “family visas” based on younger relatives having been granted asylum. They’ve never paid a dime in taxes, yet enter the system with full benefits from day one. In theory, this would be made up for by the younger relatives working and paying taxes. Sadly, this is not the case; while ethnical Swedes have a 82% employment rate, immigrants only have 57% with non-Europeans coming in at just 51%.

If Sweden was a person, it’d be like the guy with three mortgages, seven maxed-out credit cards and four collection agencies chasing him that just signed a lease for a brand new BMW X6. Simply put, there’s a lot of red ink in the future; it just hasn’t been fully realized yet.

Finally, there’s the sorry state of the Swedish defense. After decades of constant slashing of the defense budget, the extent of Swedish ambition is to stall an invader for a week in a limited area. This with war raging in Europe, Russian missiles pointed at Sweden in Kaliningrad, and Russian submarines and bomber jets openly thumbing their nose at Sweden as they intrude on Swedish territory on a regular basis. The power vacuum in Scandinavia is so tangible you can almost hear a sucking sound as you fly over it. This, too, will require massive investments when the penny finally drops amongst Swedish politicians.

So while I can’t claim to be any kind of authority on macroeconomics or social predictive models, I see red lights across the board. 

In some ways, I’d compare the country to a farm. Previously, Sweden acted like a sensible farmer and planted wheat here, carrots there, potatoes over there et cetera, by implementing free schooling, sound infrastructure investments, state-financed research and so forth. A few decades later, they reaped the rewards and climbed the prosperity ladder.

In the late 1960s, this pragmatic line was abandoned as leftist idealist Olof Palme took over. But there was plenty to harvest from previous years, so Sweden continued to be the land of milk and honey for a good long while. Then things started drying up, and the process has been one of gradual erosion and decline since the 1990s. 

The famous Swedish health care system is a good example. 120 000 hospital beds in the late 1960s became 20 000 today. Cancer patients are put on waiting lists for months. Entire emergency wards shut down for summer. The crumbling Swedish railroad system is another symptom I examined in-depth last year. The aforementioned defense that now consist of about three fat generals and a rusty rifle (bullets withheld for budgetary reasons).

A sensible farmer would see the problems for what they are and hurry to plant new seeds, so as to return to bountiful harvests of wheat, carrots, potatoes etc. Instead, the Swedish politicians goes by dogma and plants what they think SHOULD grow. So they plant M & Ms, hot dogs and pretzels. The results won’t be fully evident for a few years yet, but as the last reserves of the old harvests are depleted, things will get… Interesting.

From what I can see, there simply is no plausible scenario where these social tensions and future financial committments will not lead to a downward spiral of hardship and strife. I hope I’m wrong. I really do, because I have friends and family I care about that will remain here to see it all play out. 

But I won’t. I’ll be back in the US being mad at Obama for being a lying scumbag. And if Trump manages to get elected in 2016? Whoo boy. A racist ignoramus who takes pride in the worst qualities of a cranky eight-year old should make George “Dumbo” Bush seem like Abe Lincoln by comparison. So every country has its problems. USA has its corrupt yokel in office, just as Sweden has Stefan Löfven. 

I’d like to thank you for having followed this blog and your many insightful comments. It’s been a wild ride at times with heated debates, but it’s been fun — even when I got hatemail from both left-wingers and right-wingers over the same article. 🙂

So thank you, and good luck whereever you are.

  

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Feminist economics

  

Swedish feminist party FI didn’t make it into parliament in the 2014 election, so the threat of mandatory feminism indoctrination camps for all men is postponed for the moment. But they did gain seats in many local governments, including capital Stockholm where they recently participated in establishing the new guidelines for dealing with returning ISIS fighters (free housing, full financial support and lifetime coddling).

In Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city, FI representative Linda Hiltmann took place in local government after the 2014 election. Here’s a clip from a local newspaper captured by Jan Sjunnesson that speaks for itself:

  

“Economy is a tool for achieving politics, and politics should not be constrained by budgetary limitations. Feminist politics emanates from the needs present, and we believe that you can’t establish a budget and then allocate resources.”

If she deals with her personal finances the same way she runs the city, I imagine her household budget must be something else. 

Meanwhile, on a completely unrelated note:

  
“Increased tax for Malmö residents in 2015”

Swedish vice PM: Fortune seekers equal to holocaust victims

  
Åsa Romson, vice prime minister and leader of extremist party Miljöpartiet

Last week I wrote about the estimated million Africans attempting to cross the mediterranean in search of a better life. There are pockets of unrest, but not all-out war as is the case in Syria. And regardless, it’s questionable if you’re still “fleeing for your life” when you’ve traveled through 3 peaceful countries and choose to get on a rickety boat to reach Europe. At that point you’re an economic immigrant, not a refugee. 

Official Swedish policy doesn’t agree with my assessment. Pretty much everything counts as grounds for asylum these days including poverty (77% approval rate of all asylum applications), which is incredibly costly and has thus forced the Swedes to make dramatic cuts to the foreign aid to the REAL refugees of war. 

To summarize: Sweden is decreasing support for the people literally dying in miserable refugee camps in the desert, to take in an ever-increasing number of economic fortune seeker from non-warring places that merely wants to get a free ride on Sweden’s generous welfare system. This makes Sweden a “humanitarian superpower,” according to the ruling class.

Their problem with the current system is twofold: The inflow of fortune seekers is too slow (!), and the boats crossing the mediterranean occasionally sink. Both problems are solved by letting the poor people apply for asylum at the embassies and consulates around the world. Then they can simply fly directly to Sweden and settle into their cozy new life the same day their application is approved. This is called “Opening legal ways into Europe,” in political Newspeak.

Sweden has less than 10 million citizens. There are literally billions of poor people in the world. It’s like a rowboat that seats 3 being commandeered out to save everyone aboard a cruise ship with 5000 passengers.

Despite the mainstream media and some political parties beating this “legal ways” drum relentlessly, there is resistance. Fortunately, there seems to be just enough people that recognize how absurd the idea is to prevent it from becoming reality. So far. 

As the topic surfaced in a live TV political debate last night, the vice prime minister from extremist green party Miljöpartiet, which advocates entirely open borders, made a remarkable statement

“We are turning the mediterranean into a new Auschwitz!”

Say what? Is she really comparing the infamous Nazi death machine to Africans that voluntarily hop on boats in the hope of getting a better standard of living? I mean… Really?

Yup. When pressed by the media after the debate, she stubbornly refused to back off her statement

Somehow, it feels like not much needs to be added when a person in all seriousness is arguing that the two are perfectly comparable and on par with one another. Nor is anything need to be said about what kind of person would use the holocaust as an argument to support their own hubris and misguided humanitarianism.

Not surprisingly, the Jewish communities in Sweden don’t share the vice prime ministers sentiment. 

Conservative Swedes uprising

  

There is a grassroots revolution brewing among the conservative Swedes, and it may hit the flashpoint in the immediate future. The result could be a dramatic game changer in Sweden, with repercussions being felt in the other Nordic countries for a long time to come. 

But first, a recap of events. In the September 2014 election, the conservative Alliance led by the Moderates (M) that had ruled 2006 through 2014 lost power. This loss was in no small part thanks to former PM Reinfeldt’s determination to abandon traditional conservative values and openly embrace immigration literally at the expense of everything else

  

Fredrik Reinfeldt 

As a result, hundreds of thousands former conservative voters were more or less forced to the nationalist party Sweden Democrats (SD) as they were they only ones left fending for decreased immigration and a return to fiscal sense. Unfortunately, the party came with unpleasant baggage such as white supremacist roots and current Machiavellian leadership. Thus, many traditionally conservatives stayed put hoping for the best when new M leader Anna Kinberg Batra took the helm. This hope was soon turned into moot; she’s basically a spineless carbon copy of Reinfeldt.

  
Anna Kinberg Batra

But the “conservative” parties’ incompentence pales in comparison to the epic fiasco that is the current prime minister. As the “conservatives” lost power, socialist Stefan Löfven formed a weak coalition government with green populist party Miljöpartiet (MP) that had never before been in government. It was a disaster from day 1, but things didn’t come to a head until the first budget was to be presented. 

  
Current socialist-green government

Nationalist party SD, which was now the third largest party, made it clear well ahead of time that they would topple any budget that ignored their demand for decreased immigration. A reasonable request considering Sweden has only 2% of the EU population, yet receives almost 20% of the total inflow of refugees. They even went so far as to issue an open letter to new prime minister Löfven that they would support his budget should he just cut immigration by half. This would still make Sweden the most generous country in Scandinavia, and the state tax coffer would get a breather. No sale. 

Löfven refused to even meet with SD. He put his socialist budget out there. And as promised, SD voted it down. The shock, anger and surprise was almost comical. “Whaaa..? They didn’t cave? They actually did what they said they would do? How DARE they..!?”  

Löfven reacted like a child who just lost the game. He issued a snap election, where the stupid voters were supposed to give him the majority needed to single-handedly push through his budget. So there!

Except… The voters kept piling into the SD camp. From 12.9% in the September election, they were already polling around 15% in early december. Since the snap election wasn’t to be held until March 2015, there was a very real chance they’d be closer to 20%, and that would REALLY mess things up.

So Löfven called on his traditional enemies in the conservative Alliance and struck a deal instead of holding the promised snap election. In the infamous December Agreement, they basically recreated the old Italian Acerbo law of 1923, granting a minority government freedom from opposition. This is what Mussolini’s fascist party used to grab power and create a dictatorship despite being a minority. Conservative think tank Heimdal summed it up best: This is civil treason!

Since then, the “conservative” parties have sat on their hands while the lefties have made full use of their freedom. Progressive tax hikes on fuel, abolished deductions, drastic increases in welfare entitlements, and of course increased foreign aid to Hamas (“Palestine”)… The party is just getting started, and the “conservatives” have agreed to stay passive and perhaps shake their fists a little for the look of things until 2018.

Meanwhile, more and more displays are flashing red in the Swedish economy as well as the societal fabric itself. The Swedish currency is in free fall, the housing market is so inflated the slightest vibration can make the bubble pop, and the current as well as future obligations of literally hundreds of thousands unemployable immigrants are painting a stark picture. 

But the rudder is firmly tied down. The anti-democratic December Agreement succeeded in shutting out SD from any influence whatsoever. The Alliance is bound by it’s promise to do nothing. And Löfvens Socialdemocrat party is so weak it is entirely dependent on extreme left fringe party Vänsterpartiet (V) which has been granted the role of kingmaker despite only having a few percent of the vote. Which allows the extreme left to make whatever demands it sees fit. 

This situation is of course utterly absurd. 

It defies reason WHY the “conservatives” would rather let all this happen than just sit down with SD. Because they could, at any given time, shake off the shackles of the December Agreement and declare their own government with passive support by SD. The conservative voters want to see reduced immigration. And they certainly want to see an end to the leftist madness now taking place, so it’s hardly a stretch to see this obvious solution happening. Except, of course, the party leadership with M in particular stubbornly refusing to even consider the option.

But now there’s a grassroots revolution taking place within M. More and more voting districts have openly declared their rebellion against the bizarre December Agreement, and the local leaders are on a full-on collision course with the top brass in Stockholm. Being a spineless amoeba, Kinberg Batra continues to downplay the rebellion and do the depressingly familiar politician-dance around the issue, but the cat is out of the bag. 

So what we have is a fork in the road in front of us. Either the grassroots manage to set their foot down hard enough that the top brass changes course and revert back to old-school conservatism. This may mean a shift in government, where the lefties are unceremoniously kicked out and a real conservative government passively supported by SD can begin to roll back the madness. Failing that, at least there will be real opposition again to stop further overtaxation and moronic foreign policies

The other possibility is that the top brass stomps out the grassroots. Mass expulsions of key members in the rebellious voting districts would quench the uprising, but it would also mean mass exodus of regular voters. All the remaining traditional conservatives who has thus far clung on to their old parties in the hope for common sense to resurface, would leave en masse to join the only champion for sense left standing. If the party leaders in Stockholm choose this route I think it is perfectly reasonable to expect SD to clock in over 30% as the single biggest party in the 2018 election. 

Personally, I fear Sweden will choose the latter option. This means three more years of financial mayhem, followed by a tremendous amount of power being handed to a group of opportunists whom I personally wouldn’t trust one iota. Let’s hope I’m wrong.

Sweden’s solution to mediterranean deaths

  

This scene is from the Balkan wars of the 1990s. A summer’s breeze compared to what is now coming from Africa.

Imagine a Danish person who is unhappy with his current life. Then he hears about Canada being this swell place to live. So he sets out in a rowboat from the Danish coast to start a new life. To everyone’s surprise, he doesn’t get very far before he runs into trouble. 

Now, imagine a world where Canada has an absolute responsibility to come and rescue the Dane, no matter how much closer to European shore he is than North American. And after he is brought safely to Canada, he is owed automatic permanent asylum as well as his entire extended family, which is also entitled to lifetime welfare on the Canadian taxpayer’s dime. If Canada refuses any of the above, it is proof that Canada is a fascist country.

Welcome to Leftist logic 101; we have merely substituted the Mediterranean with the Atlantic.

The past few weeks have been filled with debate about the deaths of migrants crossing over from Africa in search of a better life. Since the coast guard off the European countries are obligated to rescue ships in danger, the smugglers pack people onto unsafe wrecks and send them off to be rescued. Inevitably, some sink before the coast guard reaches them. It’s tragic. But is it Europe’s fault?

Yes and no. For the no-side, you have to accept some personal responsibility when you deliberately endanger yourself. The Dane trying to reach Canada in a rowboat is obviously an idiot. When you hit your thumb with the hammer, not even a lawyer would sue the manufacturer. 

Some argue that these are desperate people fleeing war. Yes, there’s a few pockets of unrest in Africa. Nobody can argue the need to run when bullets are flying around you. But when the person has reached safe haven in a peaceful country and yet continues to travel, the argument no longer holds water. For example, the number of people fleeing Gambia is on the rise. So they cross the border to Senegal, a democratic country at relative peace. But instead of stopping there, they choose to travel through Senegal, Mauritania, Algeria, and then get on a dinky boat to reach Europe. Are they still fleeing for their lives at that point?

  

Starving refugees?

For the yes-side of the European fault discussion, we have the honey pot aspect. Here is where Sweden plays a major role. Two years ago it became official policy that anyone claiming to be Syrian or Eritrean was owed automatic permanent residency with all welfare perks that come with it. ID is not required; you merely have to make the claim and present a semi-plausible story. It would be hard to come up with a better incentive to the world’s poor seeking a better life. All you have to do is get to Swedish soil, and you’re set for life at a with a standard of living previously unimagined. 

  

Contrast this with Australia’s approach. “No Way: You will not make Australia home” is the policy wherein they simply refuse anybody to set foot on Australian soil. Instead, anyone attempting to migrate gets transferred to Nauru or Manus island. Those who have legit cause for seeking asylum get their due process, while the fortune seekers are unceremoneously turned away.

The number of confirmed deaths on the mediterranean has quadrupled since 2008. This year is predicted to be a record-breaker, with an estimated million migrants waiting to cross on the African side. The first few months of 2015 has already clocked in 30 times (!) the deaths of the same period in 2014. Meanwhile, as far as I’ve been able to find by Googling the news, Australia has decreased the death toll into single digits — primarily by people sabotaging their own boats in the hope of avoiding being escorted away.

So Europe has a problem, and the Australian approach holds great appeal for solving that problem. That means increased coast guard presence in the mediterranian to turn back boats to Africa, while removing the incentives for attempting the journey to begin with. Makes perfect sense to 28 of the 29 EU members.

But of course, the world’s Humanitarian Superpower don’t want anything to do with that approach. “Sweden shall fight for establishing legal ways into Europe!” said prime minister Löfven in the parliament EU committee. In other words, the Swedish government want to open up for asylum application at the embassies and consulates around the world. 

Now, combine this with that Sweden now considers poverty a de facto grounds for asylum. Bascially anybody worse off than a Swede in any way is to be let in, period. This can be clearly seen in the percentage of approved applications for asylum; from hovering in the 20-30% approval range in previous years, to suddenly hitting a whopping 77% percent. Ponder this for a second. The criteria for being granted asylum is now so watered down that more than three out of four that make it to Sweden are granted asylum.

To summarize: The rest of Europe wants to shut the door and remove the incentives for risking life and limb to cross the mediterranean. Meanwhile, Sweden wants to open up for everybody in the whole world to apply for asylum, based on their generous criteria where almost everybody gets approved.

There is an estimated 2,5 billion people living in poverty in the world. India alone has a few hundred million living in absolute squalor. Perhaps Löfven should use India as a test balloon and start an airlift of, say 100 Boeing 747s at 500 each per day. That’s 50 000 poor but happy Indians arriving at Arlanda airport every day to be absorbed by the country of less than 10 million. 

Let’s give it a month. If everything works out, he can go global with this inspiring initiative to end the world’s ills by bringing them all to Sweden.

The Pacifist Defense

  

FI party leader, ex-communist and public drunkard Gudrun Schyman

According to Swedish political party FI, the Feminist Initiative, the best way for Sweden to safeguard itself against aggressive neighbor Russia is to dismantle the last few batallions that still remain of the defense. Instead, Sweden should “go pacifist” and focus on combating racism and domestic violence. This, the party argues, will solve the problem of Russian jets practicing bombing runs on Swedish targets and repeated visits by Russian submarines in the waters of Stockholm.

If the preceding paragraph made you go “Huh?”, let me assure you that you’re not alone. I have written about loon party FI before, with their certifiably insane party program (all men to be sent to indoctrination camps, sex ed for preschoolers and much, much more) and their creative explanation for international terrorism (they’re MEN, damnit!

Honestly, it’s starting to feel like poking fun at a retard. But this particular retard happens to have seats in many local governments (including Stockholm) and has a good chance of gaining seats in parliament next election. FI has been actively promoted by music artists like Pharrell and Robyn, and just this week received an adoring and largely uncritical promotional piece by BBC. And they just won’t shut up nor come to their senses, so I have no choice but to once again put the spotlight on the baffling results of when a group of Swedish feminists put their heads together.

Without further ado, here is party leader Gudrun Schyman and her inner circle dealing with the national defense:

“The core of our security policy is about creating security for the people. But today there is a growing perception that security is all about which nation or group that can scrounge up the greatest military force. But safety is never achieved by ramping up systemic violence. Instead, this is achieved by countering these systems of violence, protect battered people and deal with the causes of violence.

Weapons and militarism is rarely a solution to a conflict, and armed conflicts between nations are not the biggest security threat either in Sweden or globally. Militarism is nourished by masculinity norms and have the same mechanisms as the other structural violence against people. Violence is about exercising power, and this is something that boys and men are taught goes with being both patriotic and being a masculine man.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), men’s domestic violence claim more deaths each year than all the world’s armed conflicts together or any epidemic ever made and this is a serious security issue. In Sweden, 17-20 women are killed annually on average by a man in a close or formerly close relationship.

At the same time we have a global structural racism, where a white minority since the transatlantic slave trade and colonialism continues to broadcast the notion that white people are the norm for humanity. A structural global racism than today in the expression of hate crimes, violence and murder and goes hand in hand with a global order in which countries in the West believe they have the right to cause havoc with military means in countries in the East and South.

We need an innovative security policy that puts the focus on the causes of violence and its context if we are going to meet it with better policy and targeted interventions. UN urges its member states to dramatically reduce their military budgets and instead give priority to efforts to combat the global problem of security violence in close relationships. In response to hate crimes against afro-Swedes, Jews and Muslims te UN is sharply critical of Sweden, with a call to strengthen the work against hate crime.”

And that’s how Sweden can thumb its nose at those silly Russians on the other side of the narrow Baltic sea and settle back in absolute safety. 

Any questions?

Former PM Reinfeldt campaigning for archenemy SD

  

Fredrik Reinfeldt started out reasonably well when he took the helm of Moderaterna, the conservative party that has acted as a bulwark against the worst excesses of the loony left over the decades. Indeed, he dusted off the cobwebs and brought the old core values of fiscal responsibility, tough-on-crime and business friendliness into the new age by reshaping Moderaterna into “New Moderaterna” (don’t laugh, it actually worked a little despite the name.)

He won the election in 2006, formed a government in an alliance with three small, semi-conservative parties (giving it the imaginative name “The Alliance”) and did pretty well for a while. Overall taxes went down, the rampant abuse of welfare entitlements was hemmed in, and nobody can have missed that Sweden weathered the eurocrisis with flying colors thanks to strict fiscal discipline.

Then he started going off the rails soon after the election in 2010. 

The Sweden Democrats, SD, was a tiny, marginal party that managed to squeak themselves past the 4% mark and make it into parliament for the first time. 

Now, SD is a party sprung from the shady depths of the tiny but definitely existing white supremacy-movement. But what led them from the extremist fringes and into parliament is partly a cleaning-up process by the new leader Jimmie Åkesson where the dregs were unceremoniously kicked out, but mostly because people started questioning why Swedish immigration policy was so much more generous than the neighboring countries. 

Simply put, it became a protest vote because none of the established parties would even discuss that perhaps it was time to dial things back a little to manageable levels. And at just over five percent, SD had zero practical impact on anything except making noise. It could have been as simple as letting it be the wakeup call for the “real” parties to get their act together and listen to the voters. Had the conservative parties with Reinfeldt’s Moderaterna in the lead simply adjusted the refugee inflow to the levels of the other Nordic countries, it is my belief that SD would have faded out into the periphery once again.

But Reinfeldt chose to do the polar opposite. 

Leading up to the 2010 election he made a big deal of portraying this liliputian party as the Enemy To Be Defeated, giving them a lot of free publicity. It’s like a 120 lb pitbull posturing before a 50 lb poodle; it just makes people curius about the poodle. He went on the record to state that he loathed them to the point where he refused to “touch them with pliers,” an expression equivalent to the famous 10-foot pole.

Despite Åkessons continued expulsions of unsavory elements and imposing an official zero-tolerance policy against racism, the party continued to be harassed by the leftist radicals with vandalism and beatings. In the aftermath of one such attack Reinfeldt went on the record condoning political violence against SD.

“I oppose all forms of violence and threats,” He started out, in what one would expect to the be the boilerplate condemnation all politicians utter when a colleague is targeted. Then came the “But”. Reinfeldt went on to accuse SD of being “devisive,” “only serving their own interests” and “feigning vulnerability”. “[Because of their politics] …they should not be surprised when things like this happen,” he said about the case where extreme leftists from Antifa (AFA) had invaded a SD candidates home, beat him and carved a swastika into his forehead. 

This is a truly remarkable position for the leader of a democratic country. The implied blessing to physically harm anyone active in SD continues to this day, where a number of local politicans have been subjected to everything from slashed tires to torched houses. 

  

Nima Gholam Ali Pour

Nima Gholam Ali Pour is one of them. He is a local SD politician in Malmö, and has been beat up twice for the explicit reason that he is politically involved. Yes, he is of foreign descent. So is a significant percentage of the current SD voters. But that doesn’t matter to the members of the “antiracist” Antifa movement. 

Let’s just pause there for a second and ponder a very simple scene: A group of masked young white Swedes are kicking a dark-skinned man laying on the ground. But this is not a hate crime. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The masked white Swedes are doing a good and noble thing for the antifascist cause, because the dark-skinned man on the ground is a contemptible racist. 

Yes. In Sweden, this perverse line of reasoning doesn’t only make sense, it’s mainstream. Or at least, up to a point. Then the levee breaks, common sense rushes in, and SD gains another sympathy vote as a backlash against the absurd justification for political violence. But I digress. 

Reinfeldt was furious after SD managed to get into parliament. Despite his numerous aggressive speeches and grandstanding to show off his hate of SD, the stupid voters still voted them in. The nerve! It’s time to punish the voters for being so disobedient! And what better way to do that than opening the floodgates for largely unemployable immigrants from MENA? Ha-HA! Take THAT, voters!

In early 2011, Reinfeldt struck a deal with green party MP that dramaticially lowered the bar for being granted asylum and residence, and in effect abolished the need for new arrivals to be able to support their extended families when bringing them over. Uncle and Grandma was now not only rubberstamped in, they also went straight on the government dole. 

The traditional conservatives, the core of Moderaterna, were alarmed and puzzled. How does this rhyme with the normal pragmatic and cautious way? What is the game plan here? And things went downhill from there. In 2013, Sweden announced to the world that anyone claiming to be from Syria was to be granted permanent asylum, no IDs required. The migration bureau doubled and tripled in size, hiking the forecasts again and again. Housing grew increasingly scarce leading to ghettos, social tensions in the ghettos hit the boiling point with rioting. Guns, drugs, and crime on levels previously unheard of in the sleepy little country up north were starting to make world headlines. What was going on?

As election 2014 drew near, Reinfeldt held a historic speech. In many M-voters heads, this was the time in the spotlight when he had the chance to redeem himself by unveiling the unknown game plan for this puzzling behavior. How would Sweden gain from taking in ten times as many uneducated asylum-seekers as the European average? How DID these skyrocketing expenses jive with the traditional fiscal discipline?

Answer: It doesn’t, and they didn’t. Reinfeldt admitted that the immigration was enormously expensive. “We won’t be able to afford anything except immigration in the years ahead!” he said. But he urged people to “open their hearts” anyway, for humanitarian reasons. 

Not surprisingly, this didn’t sit well with conservatives who not only shoulder among the heaviest tax burdens in the world, but also see an alarming increase of foreigners going straight onto a lifetime on the government dole. Making matters worse is the knowledge that the vast majority are in fact NOT refugees, as defined by UNHCR, but rather poor people merely seeking a better standard of living. 

Rather than salvaging the situation, Reinfeldt decisively set fire to the tree he was sitting in. A few weeks later he lost the election in a spectacular fashion, where a good chunk of the core voters jumped ship to the only party that pushed for a return to sane immigration. 

  

2010 results in pale grey. Note how the big drop in M went straight to SD. Almost every third SD-voter came from M in 2014.

All the other parties had jumped on the SD-condemnation bandwagon, and were now painted into a corner where they HAD to keep singing the praises of unlimited immigration from MENA. Since they had accused SD for being racist and fascist for wanting to harmonize with the rest of Europe, they couldn’t just turn on a dime and propose the same thing themselves. Mainstream media, with it’s heavy left-slant would have crucified any politician daring to leave the corner as well.

Meanwhile, the welfare system crumbled and social tensions continued to build. SD grew from 5,7% in 2010 to 12,9% in Sept. 2014, and are now polling just south of the 20% range. Clearly, something is very much broken in Sweden. It shouldn’t even be possible for a small party to come out of nowhere and in a few years get to the point where it’s only a matter of months before they unseat Moderaterna as the second biggest party.

And here’s the kicker: Most of SDs meteoric rise stems not from their own work, but because all the other parties have locked themselves into an untenable position that grants SD a fantastic monopoly on common sense. It’s like if you went to a job interview, and every other applicant in the waiting room were chugging vodka straight from the bottle. You’d have to make an effort NOT to get the job!

At this point, all but the most idealistic lefties agree that the country is buckling under the pressure. There ARE no more apartments. The hospitals CAN’T handle more patients. The schools CAN’T absorb more kids being dropped into class without warning and without speaking a word of Swedish. The country has ran out of runway and spent the buffers; the crash is imminent, and almost everyone sees it.

But the other seven parties insist that there should be another 600 000 people coming between now and 2019. Backing down is racist, and the politician breathing a word about abandoning the “humanitarian” line is toast. So we must stay the course, all the way down into the bedrock. 

And so, almost every month is a new record for SD, being the only option for anyone capable of fifth grade math or better. I doubt the vast majority of all those new SD-voters jumped ship because of any particular love for the party; it’s a simple process of elimination where the choice is to cast a blank vote, or vote for SD. 

Personally, I think ALL politicians are scum. I distrust anyone who seeks office, for the simple reason that the desire to grab power (and being manipulative enough to outmaneuver the other ten aspiring candidates) is disqualifying right then and there. Belonging to a political party means you have to buy into a package deal where you may not support more than 80% and perhaps 5% runs counter to what you know to be true in your heart. But even though I would never join a political party of any kind, I would be especially disinclined to join SD. 

Simply put, I don’t trust the guys at the top. At all. Some are old-timers from the white supremacy days, others are opportunists seizing the rising tide. I believe there are still snakes hiding under a polished facade, secretly still harboring a pencheant for fondling the SS-dagger hidden in the bottom sock drawer. The survivors of the relentless media scrutiny has merely learned to run silent and run deep, not unlike a Jihadist sleeper cell.

Some show signs of plain old stupidity and poor moral fiber. Mattias Karlsson, the temporary party leader during Åkessons sick leave, reached out to leftist extremists Expo — an organization dedicated to discrediting SD and finding dirt on its members — asking for help to eliminate internal competition within the party. And that’s the top guy running the show as of this writing.

Meanwhile, most local politicians and the vast majority of SD voters are simply your traditional conservatives wishing for an end to the madness with nowhere else to turn. Ethnical Swedes and immigrants alike are literally forced to SD. They didn’t turn their backs on their previous parties; the previous parties turned their backs on them by drinking Reinfeldt’s cool-aid.

So what I’m seeing is a huge mass of regular conservatives with a small clique of scum sitting pretty atop it all. Time and time again, the Swedish media unearths scandals where SD leaders are found writing racist shit online, being caught on tape waving aluminum rods downtown a saturday night preparing for a fight, or even unearthing old pictures with people literally wearing swastika armbands (!) — and it doesn’t matter!! 

No matter WHAT Researchgruppen or any other dirt-digger comes up with, it will not change the basic reason all these hundreds of thousand voters jumped ship. Every time the newspapers run a new scandal, they always have “experts” predicting the imminent demise of the party. And every time, they end up frustrated and baffled that SD continues to grow despite it all. 

I find it highly concerning that the sleek, young leadership of SD gains so much power. The official party program is a perfectly ordinary centrist piece of ho-hum by European standards. The main difference is that they advocate heavy efforts to restore defense (desperately needed), which in turn is paid for by reducing immigration to normal European levels. Nothing to object to there. But I for one would sleep a heckuva lot better if those policies were implemented by a bunch of older conservatives that didn’t have any supremacist roots.

Meanwhile, I find it puzzling in the extreme as to what the other parties are waiting for. SD will be the largest party by next election, and half (or more) of the small parties will be pushed out of parliament and fade into oblivion. So what would these small guys have to lose by listening to the voters and halt to bleeding to SD? In fact, I am convinced any one of them, like the Christ Democrat party KD, could yank itself away from the 4%-abyss and hit double digits in a matter of weeks should they just decide to drop the prestige. 

But so far, the preferred method to combat SDs growth is to yell “Racists!” at every opportunity. This despite the absurdity of claiming 20% of the population woke up one morning and decided to start hating people of color, and in particular because of the stellar results this method has for curbing SDs progress thus far. And let’s not even discuss the logic of accusing the many immigrant SD-voters for being racist against themselves.

Reinfeldt continues to promote SD hard, through his particular method of reverse psychology. Even after he stepped down as PM and party leader of Moderaterna he unleashes nuggets of wisdom so otherworldly that you can hear the membership-counter at SD headquarters rattle merrily in sync with his lips moving.

In December, he reflected on how much open space there was underneath as he flew his private government jet above Sweden. “Endless fields and forests […] There’s more room than one can imagine!” he enthused, arguing the country had virtually limitless capacity to receive ever larger quantities of immigrants. Somehow, I doubt today’s new arrivals from MENA expecting better standard of living would be particularly happy to be handed an axe, a shovel and mule and told to “seek their fortune” in the wild.

Shortly before Christmas, he said: “Sweden belongs to the immigrants — not the Swedes.” One would think that would be clearly out of line, but most Swedes swallowed it. Another quote from the newly elected prime minister in 2006: “The original Swedish culture is merely barbary. All progress has come from outside sources.” (said before a crowd of Syrian immigrants.)

And today he popped up in the news again, arguing that the more people Sweden lets in, the more people will work and benefit society by paying taxes. Even the reporter couldn’t resist pointing out the flaw in that reasoning: While true at 100% employment, it falls flat with the 80% unemployment that some groups are saddled with. 

“The Sweden Democrats argues that one needs to differentiate the immigrants,” the reporter said. “Do you believe that an immigrant engineer in a sector experiencing shortage of skilled labor is more beneficial to the country than an uneducated immigrant trying to get into an already sated job sector?”

Reinfeldt replied that his vision for an open Sweden meant “people of all kinds” could arrive freely, and thus he refused to “divide people in such a manner.”

Imagine that. I hear there’s a shortage of dentists around here. I should go to the local dentistry center and demand to get hired, arguing that it is unjust and immoral to divide people in such a manner. With luck, Reinfeldt will be my first patient.