Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Swedish breakthrough?

Supporters of Sweden Democrats celebrate the results
Sweden has been one of the most stiflingly liberal countries in recent decades. But cracks are beginning to appear.

The Sweden Democrats have won 20 seats in the national elections. I should state from the outset that I'm no expert on the political character of the party. But there is much in their policy platform for traditionalists to support.

Most notably the Sweden Democrats are opposed to open borders. They want to make large cuts to immigration numbers on the basis that this will protect the national identity and social cohesion. They also want to renegotiate Swedish membership of the EU and they oppose the expansion of the EU to include Turkey.

The Sweden Democrats have also come out strongly in favour of the traditional nuclear family.

It really is significant for a party with these policies to make headway in a country like Sweden. At the very least, I hope they have success in breaking down the damaging political orthodoxy in Sweden.


  1. No, although in theory they hold the balance of power (but the major parties have agreed not to work with them).

    It was 4.6% of the vote. I suppose their aim will be to increase their vote, to become more accepted within the system and to be part of a future coalition government.

  2. I've now read that the Sweden Democrats got 5.7% of the vote.

    The backlash in already under way. A membership list has been made public by hackers and there's been a demonstration in Stockholm against the result.

  3. 5.7% of the vote and 20 seats out of 349 makes them the 5th largest party in Sweden. The Red-Green coalition is on 157 seats while the Alliance (Liberal "Conservative" coalition) is on 172 seats; both are short of a majority.

    The Leader of the Alliance has said he won't negotiate with the Sweden Democrats, but will try to form an agreement with the Greens. Seems a bit like the cordon sanitaire against Vlaams Blok in Belgium.

  4. A ridiculous overreaction to sensible policies.

  5. A ridiculous overreaction to sensible policies.

    In a nutshell. Well put, Jesse.

  6. I note that Tage Erlander, Swedish socialist Prime Minister from 1948 to 1969, was not in the slightest degree apologetic about his country's, uh, whiteness:

    "We Swedes are in an infinitely better situation [than America]. Our population is homogeneous, not just regarding race, but in many other aspects too."

    The whole article (from 2003) which contains this quote is worth reading:


  7. I note that Tage Erlander, Swedish socialist Prime Minister from 1948 to 1969, was not in the slightest degree apologetic about his country's, uh, whiteness:

    "We Swedes are in an infinitely better situation [than America]. Our population is homogeneous, not just regarding race, but in many other aspects too."

    Australia also used to have similar politicians.

    Consider former Australian Prime Minister Stanley Bruce:

    "We intend to keep this country white and not allow its peoples to be faced with the problems that at present are practically insoluble in many parts of the world."

    Or even the last of the "old" Labor leaders, Arthur Caldwell:

    "I reject, in conscience, the idea that Australia should or can ever become a multi-racial society and survive... If Australians are ever foolish enough to open their gates in a significant way to people other than Europeans, they will soon find themselves fighting desperately to stop the nation from being flooded by hordes of non-integratables."

  8. Quoting: "The party leader of Sweden Democrats, Jimmie Åkesson, has distinguished himself by criticizing Islam for oppressing women and propagating violence. Of course, from a Politically Correct viewpoint, it is more acceptable to attack a religion that is incompatible with liberalism than openly to discuss what the presence of Third World immigrants will mean to the Swedish people. But the resulting problems—crime, poverty—are not due to Muslim immigrants exclusively. The Sweden Democrats profess not to object immigrants because of their skin color—just that they want immigrants to accept the Swedish 'way of life', learn the language and integrate. They also accept homosexuality, arguing that Muslim immigrants pose a physical threat to Swedish homosexuals and create a dilemma for Swedish liberal values. None of this PC-talk has helped the Sweden Democrats much. They are still called Nazis, extremists, 'haters', etc. etc." Rafael Koski, "The Sweden Democrats - Alone Against Establishment Extremists" vDare.com (20 September 2010)

    Point: All these movements in Europe are headed by superliberals who oppose Islamist illiberalism. Nevertheless, even thought they oppose merely one aspect of the liberal programme, they will be called fascists and nazis by the Establishment anyway. This is the same with practically every right wing movement in the EU except perhaps in the nations of Central Europe.

  9. There are obviously problems with the comments section. The URL link broke when I posted, even thought it was there when I "previewed" my entry. This is not the first time I've witnesses anomalies in comments here - "blogger.com" can sometimes be unreliable.

    The link should have been: http://vdare.com/misc/100920_koski.htm

  10. Are my posts disappearing by way of some fault in the comments field, or is the Administrator deleting them?

  11. Kilroy you are right.

    But aside from inside right-Liberal clothing how on earth was any traditionalist policy ever going to get on the agenda in Sweden? Or anywhere else in europe for that matter?

  12. Kilroy,

    It's not me deleting your comments, it's blogger's new spam feature. I have to keep checking the spam folder to release those comments wrongly trapped there. Sorry that it's happening - hopefully the feature will be tweaked to be more accurate in future.

  13. That's OK - no problem - I was just worred that there may have been a misunderstanding.

  14. We've seen in the West the continual mobilisation of labour. From the country to the city, then poorer European countries to richer European countries, and now from non European countries to European coutnries. If the desire for labour is the primary motivating force in population movement then cultural objections, such as raised by Aurthur Calwell, Stanely Bruce and others, clearly become soluble.