Sinclair Jenkins, American Renaissance, November 25, 2019
Kajsa Norman, Sweden’s Dark Soul: The Unravelling of a Utopia, Hurst & Company, 2019, 382 pp., $29.95.
Marcellus famously said to Horatio, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” Fortunately for today’s Danes, their politicians care about their citizens. This year the Danish Social Democrats, headed by Mette Frederiksen, blunted the rising power of the nationalist Danish People’s Party by co-opting their restrictionist immigration platform, and won over 25 percent of the vote. A young, left-wing female prime minister was poised to oversee a new era of nationalism.
Although the American media questioned Miss Frederiksen’s left-wing credentials, her party was returning to its roots. Before multiculturalism, labor unions throughout the West promoted strict immigration policies to protect workers against cheap “scab” labor. In the United States, Irish-born firebrand Denis Kearney called the Chinese immigrant a “cheap working slave.” There could be no compromise. In 1878 he said, “California must be all American or all Chinese” .
Europe’s social democratic parties pursued similar immigration restrictions. Harold Wilson’s government damaged Great Britain, but his Labour administration drafted a white paper in early 1965 that tried to curb immigration from Commonwealth countries. Had it been acted on, Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech three years later would have been unnecessary. In the 1970s, even the French Communist Party emphasized immigration control.
Sadly for the people of Sweden, their Social Democratic Party (SAP) lack the courage either to follow the Danes or to admit that their nation’s generous welfare state is on the brink of collapse due to unchecked immigration.
Journalist and former member of the Swedish Armed Forces, Kajsa Norman, discusses Sweden’s decline in her book Sweden’s Dark Soul, which was translated into English earlier this year. So far, it has received almost no press in the United States. The reason is obvious: Miss Norman exposes Sweden as an oppressive state of social democratic conformity that deals cruelly with dissenters. Miss Norman has a name for Sweden’s spiritual tyranny: the “Unimind.”
The book begins with Saturday, August 15, 2015. On that day, thousands of teenagers gathered inside Stockholm’s Kungstradgarden Park for the pop-music We Are Sthlm festival. Billed as a safe, family-friendly event, the day turned sour when hundreds of young men — the vast majority were Afghan and Somali immigrants — began molesting any girl they could find. They held down some of the victims and shoved fingers into their vaginas. The police and private security detained at least 90 suspects, but let them all go. A middle-aged police psychologist named Hans decided to send Dagens Nyheter, one of Sweden’s major publications, a first-hand account. Even though Hans saw that the perpetrators were foreigners, his initial email to the newspaper said nothing about race because he feared he would “be branded a racist” .
The story of the mass assaults was not made public until Saturday, January 9, 2016, nearly five months later. Fed up with the apathy of the mainstream media, Hans took his story to Chang Frick, an independent, Jewish-Gypsy journalist who first made a name for himself in 2013 by documenting riots in the immigrant-heavy suburb of Husby that the Swedish media ignored. Rioters shouted “Allahu Akbar!” and fought off firefighters with a hail of stones . Mr. Frick’s Nyheter Idag not only broke the news on what had happened at the festival; it reported that authorities had been covering up We Are Sthlm assaults for at least a decade.
As Miss Norman writes, a few independent media outlets later noted other facts about mass immigration:
Young girls and women have been sexually assaulted in public swimming pools, parks, subways, and schools, and on buses. For many young people, this has been a part of everyday life, something one just has to learn to live with. In the 2016 Swedish Crime Survey, 14 per cent of 16- to 24-year-olds reported that they had been subjected to a sex offence [sic] that same year. In 2007, there were 12,563 reported sex offences [sic], including 4,749 rapes. By 2016, that number has grown to 20,284 reported sex offences [sic], including 6,715 rapes .
The mainstream media reacted by accusing Nyheter Idag of xenophobia. They tried to cast the story as one of police incompetence, noting correctly that Swedish police officials barred officers from investigating the crimes. Months before the same accusation became common in the United States, the Swedish establishment accused Mr. Frick and his website of being a mouthpiece for Russian disinformation .
This was not surprising coming from the elite media cartel. As Miss Norman points out, in Sweden, the media and the government have a close relationship dating back to the 1960s. Olof Palme, later to be murdered on the streets of Stockholm, spent his time as minister of education using television to “educate the population and convey the correct opinions” . Between the 1960s and early 1990s, publicly owned television networks provided the bulk of news and entertainment to Swedes. Most programs championed left-liberal causes, from anti-colonial movements to feminism. And in Sweden, public shaming and ostracism — punishments typical of a feminized society — are very powerful.
In many respects, Sweden is not like other nations. Miss Norman writes that “according to research projects such as the World Values Survey (WVS), no other country deviates more from the global norm” . Sweden is the least traditional country on Earth; in Sweden, extreme positions on sex equality, abortion, and families are common. The Swedish Unimind, which sees itself as the pinnacle of human achievement, does not permit deviation, but, as those who broke the silence about the We Are Sthlm assaults prove, the Unimind can be broken.
Sweden’s Dark Soul is less about collapse due to immigration and more about how, for almost 100 years, the Social Democrats created a false utopia and millions of citizen sycophants. It is a vivid demonstration of the problems of unchecked central power. The first Swedish centralizer, King Gustav Vasa (1496 – 1560), nationalized the Lutheran church  and created the first professional Swedish army and navy. This paved the way for the legendary Gustav II Adolf (Gustavus Adolphus) and the creation of the Swedish Empire. Until the late 19th century, long after the days of Swedish hegemony in the Baltic, “90 percent of Swedish taxes went to the Armed Forces” . Statism, heavy taxation, and enforced opinions combined to create today’s Folkhemmet, or “people’s home.”
Swedes practiced collectivism long before the Social Democrats came to power in the 1930s, but it was the SAP that re-engineered Swedish society by giving power to left-wing technocrats. In 1934, racial hygiene laws were introduced to perform sterilizations on the mentally disabled, chronically ill, and those with “undesirable character traits” such as promiscuity, laziness, and alcoholism . Alva and Gunnar Myrdal, who later won fame in Sweden promoting nuclear disarmament and the destruction of the nuclear family (Gunnar Myrdal also supervised the compilation of the hugely influential An American Dilemma), enthusiastically supported the sterilization of “anti-social” people .
After two decades of eugenics, the Swedish state decided to promote itself abroad as a “moral superpower.” A large part of this morality was an open immigration policy. In 1973, Sweden took in refugees from Chile after the military coup that ousted Salvador Allende. In 1979, thousands more entered Sweden from Iran after the fall of the Shah. Despite polls indicating that a plurality of Swedish citizens did not want more immigrants , the state decided to purge the country of “superstition and ignorance” . In 1975, the Swedish Parliament wrote multiculturalism into law: “immigrants and minorities should decide for themselves to what extent they wished to be assimilated” .
Immigrants from Africa and the Middle East are four and three times, respectively, more likely to commit crimes than native-born Swedes . Sweden has a higher percentage of foreign-born citizens than almost any other country in Europe, and rape, bombings, and shootings have become common. The “moral superpower,” which gave $550,000 in aid to the Viet Cong and $443 million to the African National Congress, is destroying itself.
As part of the Unimind, both the Social Democrats and the supposedly conservative Moderate Party parrot each other on the need to accept as many “migrants” as possible. The Unimind blames the patriarchy — not immigrants — for the rise in sex crimes. The Unimind believes that dismantling ancient Swedish tradition of free speech is more important than protecting the people or grappling with the truth. Sweden can be likened to a dictatorship of National Public Radio producers.
Sweden has become a nation of materialism, extreme egalitarianism, with a culture of shaming. Although Miss Norman does note that the Swedish mindset can turn quickly, and that the nationalist Swedish Democrats are winning more votes, Sweden’s Dark Soul reads like an epitaph. In the United States, if demographic change continues and the Democrats become as powerful as the SAP, we will become like Sweden, though far more violent.
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1: Denis Kearney, “Appeal from California. The Chinese Invasion. Workingmen’s Address.” Indianapolis Times, 28 February 1878.
2: Kajsa Norman, Sweden’s Dark Soul: The Unraveling of a Utopia (London: Hurst & Company, 2019): 16.
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