Swedes in Uproar over ‘Xenophobic’ Book Ad

The Local, December 9, 2013

A decision by a Swedish newspaper to run an advert for a book critical of multiculturalism, immigration policy, and media reporting of the issue has been slammed by critics who argue that the ad is tainted by xenophobia.

“The advert’s design expresses a reluctance and a resistance to that which is perceived as different and the ad is therefore xenophobic,” political scientist Ulf Bjereld said on his blog on Sunday.

The book’s co-author Karl-Ove Arnstberg meanwhile dismissed criticism of the advert on Monday.

“It is just the chattering classes. They make a lot of noise and say what they want but they won’t sit down and read a 400 page book,” he told The Local.

The advert is for a book entitled “Immigration and blackout” (Invandring och mörkläggning) and is written and published by Arnstberg and Gunnar Sandelin. The advert in question was a full-page spread in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) broadsheet on Sunday and features a list of statistics.

The list included information from Statistics Sweden (SCB), the Migration Board (Migrationsverket) and a few other public bodies.

Both Sandelin and Arnstberg are established voices among those critical of multiculturalism and Swedish immigration policy and their book has been warmly received on extremist websites and by far-right bloggers in Sweden.

The second contention of their book—that the mainstream media operates a blackout around the issue of immigration and that “uncomfortable statistics” are subsequently buried is furthermore a common argument forwarded by followers of the Sweden Democrats and the extreme right in Sweden.

High-profile journalist Helle Klein called on DN to apologize for its decision to run the ad on Sunday and several other critics argued that the newspaper was guilty of spreading right-wing populist propaganda and pushing the boundaries of public discourse. Political scientist Andreas Johansson Heinö meanwhile argued that the ad was not out of the ordinary.

“In my opinion (the advert) is not xenophobic and I don’t see a shift in the public discourse,” he told The Local.

DN editor-in-chief Peter Wolodarski explained the newspaper’s reasoning in an article published online later on Sunday in which he defended the decision to publish in the interest of freedom of speech.

“We have gone through the allegations made in the ad, not to give the green light to what is claimed, but in order to make an overall assessment. The tone is insidious and there are a number of borderline dubious issues . . . But I decided that it was within the bounds of what a commentator should be able to raise,” he said.

Wolodarski exemplified his reservations by referring to the fact that Sweden had approved 1.1 million residence permits to immigrants from 2000 to October 2013 observing that no distinction was made between permanent or temporary residence permits or the fact that many of the permits would have been renewals.

When challenged on the statistic, Karl-Ove Arnstberg declined to answer and terminated the phone call.

According to an article in the media trade publication Medievärlden, publishers around Sweden expressed both support and disagreement with Dagens Nyheter’s decision to run the advert.

“We probably would have published . . . . We don’t prevent someone expressing their opinions or arguing their case solely because the views are different from the paper’s opinion. This applies to advertisements as well as opinion pieces, letters to the editor and columns,” said Cecilia Krönlein at the Göteborgs-Posten daily to Medievärlden.

“No, we wouldn’t have published it in Värmlands Folkblad. We would… have come to the conclusion that it lacks nuance and contains too many factual errors. It also runs contrary to the values which our owners support,” said the newspaper’s publisher Peter Franke.

The Local’s Managing Editor James Savage explained that the advert would probably have been run on the company’s websites, explaining that the advert was not “threatening”.

“We wouldn’t accept ads that were threatening or that expressed an extremist point of view. This ad is neither threatening nor extremist. We’re not in the business of second-guessing every ad’s purpose,” he said.

Karl-Ove Arnstberg stated that the book and the advert were financed by the authors themselves and were not part of some “hidden agenda”. He explained that he was surprised, but satisfied, with the reaction to the advert and claimed that the book’s sales had increased on Monday.

“Our purpose was to attract attention,” he told The Local.

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  • Manaphy

    If you are not a hateful, racist, Xenophobic, and violent white supremacist, then you are part of the problem.

    • Erasmus

      The next time someone criticizes you for not supporting multiculturalism, tell him to STFU and start celebrating your diverse opinion.

      • Triarius

        You can also ask for concrete proof that multiculturalism benefits a society. I either hear crickets or “food”, then laugh and and say “yeah, all that crime is worth some crap food made with unwashed hands”.

        Edit: you can also call them a xenophile. I find it funny they know what xenophobia is but not xenophilia. Sheep. I also say the latter.

  • Hardly anyone wants to argue whether the facts presented in the book are true or not.

    All anyone seems to care about is whether presenting the facts then debating their truth or merit is *-phobic or *-ist.

    • M.

      Humans still have a hard time dealing with their cognitive dissonance when new data comes and challenges their entrenched dogmas. Especially if these dogmas lack solid factual foundations.
      Four centuries ago, the blasphemy revolved around Jesus-Christ. Today, in a country like Sweden, it’s about multiculturalism and other leftist doctrines. The same apes**t response barely changed.
      We’re not that evolved yet.

      • Emperor Naked

        Oh, you ought to hear all the Christian Conservatives howling here whenever I hit on their dogmatic, self-defeating belief system.

        • Sick of it

          Your fellow “free thinkers” are almost all on the other side.

          • NordicHeritage

            Maybe, but I don’t see atheist groups bringing hordes of third worlders into this country like churches do. Just look at little Mogadishu in Minneapolis for an example of what Christian churches are doing.

          • GeneticsareDestiny

            This is true. I am also an atheist, and though I don’t dislike Christians in principle (especially not race realist Christians), I despise those who’ve used the religion as a pretext for flooding my city with Somalis (I am from Minneapolis).

            You cannot even walk around most parts of downtown without feeling like you’re about to be mugged, raped, or murdered at any moment now. Even in the broad daylight.

          • Alexandra1973

            I’m a race-realist Christian.

            I’m sick of professing Christians that don’t even know the Bible, or they twist it around to fit their own agenda…like importing third-worlders.

          • Emperor Naked

            Look up Realism. You cannot believe in superstitious religious mythology and be a realist. It’s a contradiction of terms. Trying to form it into a kind of political buzzword only serves to deceive yourself. You don’t fool anyone else.

          • Sick of it

            Disprove Aristotle.

          • Katherine McChesney

            Roman Catholics sure to cozy up to immigrants, especially the Roman Catholic ones. Then they work to put them on welfare, ebt and section 8 even though they’ve contributed nothing to deserve it.

          • Sick of it

            I’m pretty sure our government isn’t filled with Christians.

          • NordicHeritage

            But they aren’t organized as atheists, just saying.

          • Emperor Naked

            Yep, I recognize that, and it’s a big problem for whites. It’s also a big problem because it is they who tend to be the population that represents the High IQ that whites here constantly claim for themselves through merely being white.

            I got kicked of CNN posting for my arguments against liberals there and often criticized here by know nothing whites. I’ve always known I was in a lonely place.

        • M.

          I’m atheist myself, but contrary to most atheists, religion and religious people don’t bother me that much. I just don’t see the evil in it. Maybe because my friends and family don’t bring it up that much. And neither do I.
          Now if I lived in the 18th century or in Iran, I’d probably be a little more militant about it.

          • Emperor Naked

            I think of myself as simply an unbeliever, because the actual fact is that feminist and feminism has taken over the active atheist movement in the U.S. So Christians are right when they say that its a “religion” in that it has become an ideology because of the political bias that group has introduced into what is supposed to be an objective and simple philosophical platform. You can read about this by searching for lectures on this on youtube. “girlwriteswhat” does a great job on her channel and is part of a Canadian Men’s Rights Group.

            My problem with Christianity has several dimensions. One is that it is an outdated superstitious system based in fear of death and predicting the “End,” (which created many cultural problems) and that it is responsible for much of the dark history of what I think of as white civil wars, But even more important is that it is choc full of mandates and conditions that are completely arbitrary and contradictive for white racial or ethnic survival and makes whites automatic, transparent hypocrites when they espouse it (as it does of anyone anyway, but more so).

          • M.

            I know that Christian doctrines seem to be inclined towards the One-Humanity dogma, – although some can make the case for racial segregation based on Scripture – but the fact is that it didn’t seem to turn Americans for example against the Jim Crow or the One-Drop laws: white Christians overwhelmingly supported them then. And most Christians are still conservative on the issue.

            What do you mean by “White civil wars”?

          • Emperor Naked

            No one can successfully make a case for segregation based on Scripture, even by using the OT which was aimed exclusively at Jews by Jews, for Jews, etc., regardless of it’s usurpation by Christians. The OT is extremely One World because its mandate is to convert everyone on earth and ultimate salvation depends upon it (Apocalypse can’t happen until then), whereas, the OT is all about defining Jews as Jews and setting them apart from all peoples.

            Where do you draw as a fact that Christianity didn’t turn Americans against discrimination? White Southern Christians supported them then and were defeated when their “hypocrisy” (as Christians) in this was discussed nationwide. If you took a minute to review U.S. History, you’d find that Northern Christian groups were not only against these edicts, but they were responsible for the Abolitionist Movement, The Underground Railroad, and later pro-black organizations such as the NAACP and the founding of various all-black colleges and schools.

            The point is that the Bible and Christianity teaches against the things whites want to implement in order to separate and protect themselves. You are also vastly mistaken about Christianity today. The majority of Christian Churches embrace “Diversity” and have been in fact active in importing non-whites into the U.S, after “converting” them and then encouraging them to apply for asylum based on religious persecution, etc. The Catholic Church has always been a complete $hore on this issue, but the protestant denominations are also participants, Lutherans, Methodists, Baptists, even LDS and JWs do not care a bit about the color or origin of new converts, because Christianity is first a BUSINESS (and a nifty tax free one, at that). Imagining things are otherwise has to be the result of an isolated an d projected view, not easily ascertained fact.

          • Sick of it

            We were defeated by an occupying military force. It reminds one of the Civil War.

          • Brian

            This is about where I am. I’d be fine with a nativity scene at the public park, ‘in God we trust’ on money is a trivial sideshow…and I’d much rather live in a mostly Christian country than most other types. Christianity is a bedrock part of the West and I accept that. As long as the religious don’t push the anti-science agenda too much, I have a live-and-let-live attitude. We can have our religious debates later over a few beers. The top item on the agenda for the foreseeable future is ethnicity and all that comes with it. I will gladly link arms with my Christian brothers to fight the death cult of multiculturalism.

      • Terra Magnum Imperium

        Apes**t =Primate reaction to a conundrum.

    • bilderbuster

      Helle KLEIN is an -ish.
      Everytime there’s an ist or a ism, after you turn over the first rock you will find someone who is -ish.

  • Lord_Steven_Regal

    One man’s xenophobia is a sane man’s truth.

  • Spartacus

    Don’t worry, you marxist vermin, soon you’ll get a lot more than just a book….

    • So CAL Snowman

      “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by
      the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”

  • IstvanIN

    Amazing how so called “liberals” have no tolerance for diversity of opinion. At least Sweden isn’t the UK which, I believe is still able to ban books.

    • David Ashton

      Technically in the Motherland of Parliaments the police now have the right to enter private homes and confiscate books (however scholarly or antiquarian) deemed “racist” if there is any possibilty that any of their contents could be communicated to another person, but I have no idea to what extent if any this power has so far been exercised by Inspector Plod and Constable Goon.

      • me

        The jackboots of the socialist/globalists are eager to crush all dissent. Boy, are they following in Uncle Stalin’s reeking, steel-toed boots!

        • David Ashton

          If possible, read Dr Frank Ellis, “Political Correctness and the Theoretical Struggle from Lenin and Mao to Marcuse and Foucault”, Maxim Institute, New Zealand (2004), especially the Stalinist distinction between “istina” (factual reality) and “pravda” (ideological ‘truth’).

      • Xerxes22

        Is this a law passed by parliament or just a policy implemented by some power hungry bureaucrats at a government agency?

        • David Ashton

          A bit of both.

          The official state ideology is called “equality & diversity” but its meaning and applications are incremental, patrolled by the EU, our “own” judiciary, “race industry”, local governments & a police “service” gradually indoctrinated in “ethnicity and gender” ideology and “good” practice (easier than catching real criminals).

          I am afraid I have no time to develop this here, but you can Google varied writers like Sean Gabb, Anthony Browne, Ed West, Rod Liddle and Tony Linsell (among others, I am glad to say) for further information – and resistance.

      • Sick of it

        So you can’t have 19th century or older books in your country? That’s harsh.

        • David Ashton

          You can have them, and borrow them still from the expensive London Library, or request them through an Interlibrary Loan servivce, or get second-hand copies. But you can’t easily use them for “racist purposes”. There are modern books that are disapproved or hard to obtain, such as Baker’s “Race” or Coon’s “Origin of Races” or Golberg’s “Inevitability of Patriarchy” to name a few.

          • Alexandra1973

            Hm. If I find something like that online I’d better save it to my hard drive, maybe print out some copies, before that gets erased. I was happily reading “Negroes in Negroland.”

          • Sick of it

            Coon’s work is very interesting. I’d recommend it, as long as it doesn’t get you arrested or what have you.

          • David Ashton

            I have three of his books and a photocopy of another in my library. Scotland Yard, come and get me!

  • cecilhenry

    Anybody opposed to white Genocide is considered some kind of criminal.

    Enough with the hypocrisy.

  • Pro_Whitey

    What’s wrong with a little xenophobia? It makes a lot more sense than xenophilia. I think these Swedish leftists are xenophobophobic, and I pronounce that to be bad, very bad.

    • NordicHeritage

      Just look up Barbara Lerner Spectre to find out who and what’s behind all this insanity.

  • M.

    Xenophobia is defined as the IRRATIONAL hatred or fear of foreigners. If the book is based on statistics and hard facts, then there’s nothing irrational about it. Hence the xenophobia accusation is baseless.
    The accuser should be called more on their nonsensical accusations.

    • David Ashton

      The left call both patriotism and ethnocentrism “xenophobia” if these normal sentiments are held or expressed by people with white skins.

  • FWSauerteig

    I hope there will be an English translation. If so, I will read it.

  • exLibtard

    “The advert’s design expresses a reluctance and a resistance to that which is perceived as different and the ad is therefore xenophobic,” political scientist Ulf Bjereld said on his blog on Sunday.

    Xenophobia is an irrational, psychologically debilitating fear of foreigners. Not wanting your country over run by culturally-, racially-, and religiously-distinct foreigners is not irrational nor psychologically debilitating; it is a perfectly normal human response after seeing how mass immigration is wrecking Sweden.

    • Erasmus

      [I]t is a perfectly normal human response after seeing how mass immigration is wrecking Sweden.

      Fighting back and not wanting your home and life stolen by a bunch of 3rd world thugs, brought to your country by a bunch of addle-pated bien-pensants, are perfectly healthy and mature responses. The sick ones are those unwilling to fight for their homes, rights and countries. And, although I dislike the talk of violence, but I am beginning to recognize that those endangering their society’s civic health with their Pollyannaish naiveté are also part of the problem.

  • odious liberal

    Sweden….stupid blondes?

    • me

      Swedes–victims of ‘progressive’/globalist/Marxist psyops, from cradle to grave.

      • Emperor Naked

        But they are their own victimizers.

    • me

      “Stupid blondes”? Racist against Whites.

  • me

    I love the way the Marxist/socialist/’progressive’/globalists twist things around. Black is white, right is wrong, and wanting to preserve your people and culture is ‘raaaaycis’ and xenophobic. Their tactics are getting more and more desperate, as people are absolutely disgusted with the lies that these Leftist monsters have been spewing, tired and angry that their lives are being ruined by ‘diversity’, and are seeing through the twisted deceptions and propaganda of the globalist nation-wreckers. Keep fighting the good fight of education, truth-telling, and human inalienable rights for ALL White peoples, countries, and cultures to exist. We ARE winning the fight against White genocide, even though the elites are ramping up the attacks.

  • Lord_Steven_Regal

    What’s the greatest possible negative in a citizenry being xenophobic and not allowing immigration as a result? People around the world may look at them as being racist. Oh my!

    Now what’s the greatest possible negative in a citizenry not being xenophobic enough and allowing unbridled immigration? The citizens potentially could lose their country to outsiders and subject themselves to attacks from within.

    On a straight risk-reward analysis it just makes sense to be xenophobic, and that’s exactly why all nations were throughout history until the Leftist indoctrination of the past century.

  • The Final Solution

    There may still be hope. I was at Barnes and Noble the other day and they had copies of Mein Kampf. I couldn’t believe it.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      They even had it in my school’s library when I was in high school. It was only a few years ago, and I went to public school. I was absolutely stunned that they hadn’t removed it.

      • Alexandra1973

        There’s actually a copy at my local library, a tiny town in semi-rural Ohio.

        It was written (or co-written) by a Jesuit, by the name of Staempfle.

        • Randall Ward

          The source for this myth is one man who was a traitor and “escaped” form the NAZIs and came under the sway of the allies. Very doubtful. Hitler had no use for any priest and was totally irreligious. Hitler left the Church alone mostly, believing it would fade away under NAZI training of the Folk. Also Hitler was his own man and would not have let someone write something as personal as My Struggle for him.
          Most of the US military upper brass were protestant and anti-catholic.

          • Katherine McChesney

            Hitler was a confirmed Roman Catholic. He was supported by Pius and many priests saluted him for his work. The Jesuits are chief confessors for world leaders, dictators and royalty.

          • Randall Ward

            Katherine you are very misinformed about Hitler. When he was a child he may have been Catholic as many in Germany were. But he was not a believer in God at all. To be a real Catholic requires one to believe in God. The whole of Germany was swept up in the Hitler worship, and Hitler intended to make the state into a religion, as is being done in the USA today.

    • Randall Ward

      Mein Kampf has always been at B and N. What you won’t see at B and N is history of WWII that tells the truth.

  • Carney3

    “Wolodarski exemplified his reservations by referring to the fact that Sweden had approved 1.1 million residence permits to immigrants from 2000 to October 2013 observing that no distinction was made between permanent or temporary residence permits or the fact that many of the permits would have been renewals.

    When challenged on the statistic, Karl-Ove Arnstberg declined to answer and terminated the phone call.”

    Bad form. We don’t need to make ourselves vulnerable by stretching the truth or exaggerating. The truth is quite alarming enough.

    • Randall Ward

      Do you believe everything you read? How do you know that Wolodarski is telling the truth? Liberals never lie do they?

  • WR_the_realist

    “It is just the chattering classes. They make a lot of noise and say
    what they want but they won’t sit down and read a 400 page book,” he [Arnstberg]
    told The Local.

    Arnstberg hit that nail on the head. How many liberal critics of The Bell Curve even read it? And I’m sure even fewer read Jensen.

  • a multiracial individual

    Here is a conversation I recently had with a colleague of mine (a young Jewish/Atheist lawyer)

    Me: Making an off color remark about Hispanic fertility rates.
    He: Woa! This guy! Where do you keep your pointy hood at?
    Me: [After sending him birth statistics] Did my comment have any statistical validity?
    He: It doesn’t matter if your comment was statistically valid or not, it was racist.

    • Lagerstrom

      That guy’s going to be one helluva lor-yah!

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      The indoctrination is strong in that one. He’s probably the type of true believer who will never be convinced, no matter how much evidence is presented to him.

    • robinbishop34

      I wonder what he’d say if you suggested the areas of high Hispanic fertility rates needed a few more coat hangar clinics?

      • Alexandra1973

        After all, can’t deny las latinas the “right to choose,” can we?

        (I love it when liberal ideologies collide.)

    • Alexandra1973

      So basically to be non-racist, you have to keep your head buried in the sand and ignore reality.

    • Randall Ward

      Ask him to read the new book “Goliath”, about the inner workings of Israel.

  • “When does the ant-white sentiment end ?”

    It doesn’t. I remember a Fox News interview with Qanah X of the New Black Panther Party about ten years back in which he asked/answered rhetorically “Is your skin white? Then you’re a racist”.

    My first reaction at the time was, What a blatantly racist thing to say. My second reaction was, Thank goodness only NBPP members think this way. Little did I know that by ten years later this outrageous viewpoint would be the liberal/scholastic norm.

    I don’t recognize this country any more. I’m imprinted with 1950s values and I hold them close.

    • Randall Ward

      Yes, you are imprinted by 1950s values, but before that came of western culture. A new book on the subject says; The USA is nothing more than Englishmen turned loose without government interference.

      • “The USA is nothing more than Englishmen turned loose without government interference.”

        That’s a good description if we confine our discussion to the England through the end of Victoria’s reign. Americans and Victorians felt they could accomplish anything they set their minds to — and they were basically right.

        Yet if you read Adam Smith’s “Wealth of Nations” you find that even in the 1750s the Colonies were recognized by the English and Scottish entrepreneurial communities as hothouses for economic development.

        Readers might be interested in checking out the What If? / Nation of Alaska section of my website. We can restart American ideals but it will have to be in a frontier area that nobody else is going to contents militarily in a big way, and it will require a population that is as ethnically homogenous and energetic as the Colonies were.

        I won’t live to see it but I can write about it.

        • Brian

          We can restart American ideals but it will have to be in a frontier
          area that nobody else is going to contents militarily in a big way, and
          it will require a population that is as ethnically homogenous and
          energetic as the Colonies were.

  • robinbishop34

    Identifying with your captor nowadays is quite fashionable don’t ya know?

  • David Ashton

    But in England you remain free in the discomfort of your own home to watch various “music” channels with Black Gangstaz Pimpin’ an’ Jumpin’ de White Ho’s (who are jus’ luvvin’ it). Some of us felt the old golly dolls gave us a friendlier and less threatening view of these loveable people. Luckily the fairy on the Xmas Tree visible in the window is of the female gender, or that too might be a bit problematic (if we still had bobbies on the beat passing by).

    “The tree of Liberty grew, and changed and spread,
    “But the seed was English.
    “I am American bred,
    “I have seen much to hate here – much to forgive,
    “But in a world where England is finished and dead,
    “I do not wish to live.”
    – Alice Duer Miller, “The White Cliffs” (1941).

  • Randall Ward

    When does it end? When white people began to push back. The problem is that the extreme NW of the USA has most of the media and money and it is very liberal. It leads the USA by the nose since Lincolns War.

    • Katherine McChesney

      I see evidence of White ‘pushing back’ from truthful comments made about blacks on websites such as PJTV and Breitbart. I rarely see them censored any more. Another site is Mail Online. Some racial comments ‘stick’ there as well. I also see it on many other sites I visit.

      • Randall Ward

        I believe that organization by whites into groups or even a national party will help. Problem is whites have been so brainwashed it is difficult to untrain them.

  • Randall Ward

    If you use the word “xenophobic”; you have already lost. The libs have a word for every natural process that turns it into a negative. If you don’t love war in foreign places, you are an isolationist, etc.

  • Jack Burton

    I like how these Jewish-owned media companies write these hysterical articles trying to claim that so many people are outraged and this and that are controversial. They try to make everyone believe as they do.

  • MBlanc46

    I’m glad to hear that at least some Swedes are standing up the the political-correctness hordes who are destroying Sweden.

  • David Ashton

    They prefer to leave Islamic demonstrators alone. Much easier to arrest the odd WHITE CHRISTIAN street-preaching against homosexuality, or the WHITE PATRIOT “inciting hatred” against Muslims.

    Christie’s novel and film had its title changed, but I found an old copy of the original.

    Gobineau was an early French writer (now dated, of course) on race and much else – there is a fairly good introduction to all his interesting work by Michael Biddiss. Magnus Hirschfeld was among the first to claim that he had been a major influence on Hitler, who was a voracious albeit regrettably selective reader, and this is trotted out by the usual leftists who repeat one another’s errors while avoiding primary research, ignoring Gobineau’s tribute to the Hebrews.

  • kris

    Swedes are most definitely up in arms. The media may be, but most certainly not Swedes themselves. I am speaking from personal experience, my father who is in Sweden tells me horrific stories of what it is like there. He said immigrants (Somalians, etc) are paid- yes *paid* money to attend Swedish language classes. The immigrants get paid just to show up, they sit there all sullen and doodle all day, learning nothing. The Swedes have had enough of the immigrants and want them all to leave.

  • kris

    My father is in Nortallje, he says the same thing as you do. For what it’s worth, our US rags are the same and do not in any way reflect what Americans think. Even our comment boards are monitored and “unsavory” comments are deleted to make it appear as if the public holds the same opinions as what is promoted by these phony opinion pieces.