NYTimes: How the Far Right Conquered Sweden

I was stumped when I found an honest article on Sweden in the paper. And then I realized that the author was a German who writes for Die Zeit. What he describes in Sweden has existed in places like Belgium and parts of France for about 20 years. Crime-ridden, piss-poor, isolated ghettos that feed fanaticism both inside and outside of them.

Is this one of the posts that should go under the password? The categories of the unsayable expand daily, so it’s hard to keep up.

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7 thoughts on “NYTimes: How the Far Right Conquered Sweden”

    1. Yeah, you are correct about the the “far right” being equated with anyone who is not 100% on board with all forms of fluidity and neoliberal ideology. I’ve been accused of being “far right super-racist” and a “raving communist egalitarian fantasist” by the same damn people, not realizing what a contradiction that is. All because I don’t support unrestricted immigration of those ill-suited to their host societies, and that I believe in such a thing as civic duty and that civilizations shouldn’t voluntarily implode for ideological feel-good reasons.

      It is a very bizarre worldview where all too many so-called liberals believe that tolerance consists of allowing those who would destroy your society if they could unlimited rights, while constraining those who would protect it and advance it. These kinds of problems, though, are self-solving. I just hope I am not around when it happens, as the outcome of all this for people (and particularly women) in places like Sweden will not be pleasant.

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      1. ” I’ve been accused of being”

        Ah, sweet undergraduate days where I would often be accused of being a right wing extremist and a communist in the same day (sometimes by the same people)…

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  1. Skimming…

    “facing poor job prospects and rampant employment discrimination”

    This implies that they are regularly shut out of employment that they’re qualified for (or they’re systematically denied the chance to get the qualifications (ie education) that they need…

    “they naturally turned inward. More young women have started wearing the hijab recently, Mr. Abdirahman tells me, and more young men “internalize the otherness””

    That’s the closest I’ve seen to the mainstream media equating the hijab in western countries with social and political alienation

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    1. When I said here on the blog that there is no employment in Sweden for hundreds of thousands of unskilled, linguistically different young men, I was told that wasn’t true because there was a large shortage of airport luggage haulers. It now looks like that plan didn’t work out too good.

      Or another favorite argument that many of the refugees are doctors and engineers. The question of who was going to recognize their diplomas was unanswered. And it’s always like that. The same goes for the questions about language. I was in Quebec with the French that let me read Maupassant in the original but with no grasp on the Quebec pronunciation. And I was excluded from job opportunities even on the most basic level. This is a complex issue and people don’t help when they try to scream it down.

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      1. ” It now looks like that plan didn’t work out too good.”

        Like many countries in Europe, Sweden is not good at creating jobs that can be done by those with minimal local language skills. It is however very good at trapping people in inter-generational welfare which leads to alienation and anger against the host society. How anyone could think that could be a sustainable model is beyond me…

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        1. It’s a self-perpetuating cycle. Germany and Sweden have a shortage of workers for in-demand high-tech and engineering jobs. They have shortages because many people are leaving. They are leaving because they can’t make as much money as elsewhere. They can’t make as much money because there is an exploding lifelong welfare population. It’s exploding because there are not enough people so more people are being brought in. And so on.

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