Sweden today is not a Mad Max film in which the protagonist is chased down the street by cannibals.
The supermarkets are full of food. Water is plentiful and the trains are still running. Yet you only have to scratch the surface to see huge cracks beneath the facade. Immigration is rapidly changing the fabric of the country. It has put huge strains on every sector of society.
The billionaire George Soros founded and funded the Open Society Foundations (OSF). Its name is inspired by the philosopher Karl Popper’s 1945 book The Open Society and Its Enemies. However, Soros has taken the concept of an 'open society' much further than Popper ever did. Soros seems to believe that an open society equals open borders. Many globalists and multiculturalists throughout the Western world apparently share this view.
One committed globalist is Fredrik Reinfeldt, the Prime Minister of Sweden from 2006 to 2014. He headed a center-right coalition government - center-right by Swedish standards. He is almost as hated today in Sweden as Tony Blair is in Britain or Angela Merkel is in parts of Germany.
In November 2006, Prime Minister Reinfeldt stated that the native Swedish culture was merely "barbarism." All progress had come from abroad. In December 2014, a few weeks after he lost the elections and resigned as PM, Reinfeldt stated that the Scandinavian countries can accept many more refugees and asylum seekers than they do today. There is plenty of open space left for more immigrants in the forests, he argued.
During Christmas 2014, he went even further. He then stated in plain words on public TV that borders are fictional and that a country does not belong to those who have lived there for generations. Sweden does not belong to Swedes. They are not interesting. Immigrants from other parts of the world make the country "stronger and better." He wants an "open" society, by which he clearly means open borders.
Fredrik Reinfeldt thus states that his country belongs to everybody. He supports and celebrates the gradual replacement of his own people in their historical homeland. He is also saying to native Swedes that their culture is worthless and that immigrants from Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq and Tanzania are "better" than they are.
Reinfeldt was in Stockholm when a jihadist terror attack took place there on April 7, 2017. He expressed dismay at the murders. In particular, he was thinking of the youngest victim, the 11-year-old Swedish schoolgirl Ebba Åkerlund. She was virtually cut in half when the Muslim terrorist drove over her with a stolen beer truck. According to Reinfeldt, her death "shows the price of the open society and the risks of religious extremism of our time."
A few months earlier, in November 2016, Fredrik Reinfeldt in a book yet again argued that mass immigration is good and positive for Sweden. Mr Reinfeldt regrets the death of Ebba Åkerlund. Yet he does not express any regret for the mass immigration that he and others have promoted for years. Nor does he express any desire to stop Muslim immigration.
The brutal murder of a Swedish child is thus to Reinfeldt’s eyes a regrettable price to pay for his policies. It is nevertheless a price he seems willing to pay. Would he also think it was acceptable if his own family were dismembered and killed by Islamic terrorists? Or is this price only acceptable as long as it is paid with the blood of other people’s children?
The Swedish police were poorly equipped for terror attacks. Heavy-duty protective vests, helmets, and intercoms were in short supply during the April 7 jihadist attack in central Stockholm, according to incident reports filed by officers working on the scene.
Erik Widstrand, police chief in Stockholm, says that further terror attacks will happen. This is the new normal. He wants to educate the public in first aid and how to act when an attack occurs. A ten-point list should be made available in all workplaces, preschools, schools and shops. Swedish children in preschool should thus be instructed on how to behave during a deadly terrorist attack. This is supposed to create a sense of security. In an article in which the newspaper Aftonbladet interviewed Chief Widstrand about this subject, the words Islam, jihad or Muslim immigration did not appear a single time.
Many good things can be said about the past accomplishments of Swedes. They have shown an aptitude for science and technological innovation. The world’s most commonly used temperature scale is named after Anders Celsius, a Swedish astronomer and physicist.
Per capita, it is likely that no other nation on earth did more to create modern chemistry than Swedes. The pioneers include Georg Brandt, Axel Fredrik Cronstedt, Torbern Bergman, Carl Gustaf Mosander, Per Teodor Cleve, Jöns Jacob Berzelius, Carl Wilhelm Scheele and Svante Arrhenius, among many others. Even the great nuclear physicist Glenn T. Seaborg was of Swedish descent. The Nobel Prizes were named and funded by Alfred Nobel, the Swedish chemist who invented dynamite.
Carl Linnaeus, one of the world’s most influential biologists, came from a rural area in the province of Småland. This is a relatively poor region that sent many emigrants to the USA in the nineteenth century. The Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg has described this in his novel series The Emigrants. In the twentieth century, Ingvar Kamprad founded IKEA in Småland. It later became the world’s largest furniture retailer. Even regions of Sweden that are not very prominent or populous can thus produce individuals that have a global influence.
Sweden also has a long military history. Not just in the Viking Age, but in modern times as well. Swedes were heavily involved in the affairs of several other European nations in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. When Tsar Peter the Great wanted Russian access to the Baltic Sea, he had to beat the Swedes. He did this during the Great Northern War (1700-21).
Yet Sweden has not been directly involved in a war on its own territory for several centuries. This is rare in the turbulent history of Europe. It makes it difficult to assess whether the military instincts of the Swedish nation are dead, or merely dormant.
Many outsiders seem to think that the Swedish nation is dead. They could be right. But it should be recalled that even today, Sweden makes advanced military hardware. Swedes produce and export their own fighter aircraft, for instance. This is unusual for such a small nation. Furthermore, many Swedes go hunting and own guns privately.
There is also an undercurrent of fanaticism there that outsiders do not always see. I checked the Swedish website of the Nordic Resistance Movement. They state in multiple languages that they are "a National Socialist organization." Their site praises Adolf Hitler openly.
Sweden is the only Scandinavian country with a sizable movement of genuine neo-Nazis. When you cross the border into Denmark or Norway, such groups are rare and tiny.
The best explanation I can come up with is this: Denmark and Norway were invaded by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Saying that you are a National Socialist does not make you very popular in countries that were forcibly occupied by National Socialists for years. Sweden had a much more ambiguous relationship with the Nazis during the war. This could at least partly explain why Swedes have a slightly different mentality.
The Swedish talent for organization can be a blessing as well as a curse. Few nations in the world march as one the way Sweden does. Right now, multiculturalism and mass immigration are ideologically trendy in larger countries such as the USA, France, Britain and Germany.
If those trends were to change, is it conceivable that Sweden could follow suit? Maybe. It is not inconceivable that Sweden could one day turn around 180 degrees and became strongly and perhaps violently opposed to population replacement through immigration.
Potential ethnic conflicts have been systematically imported for decades. There is a lot of quiet resentment brewing among the natives. Many Swedes have suffered personal abuse and violence from immigrant gangs. One day that repressed anger may explode. Politicians such as Fredrik Reinfeldt should expect hostile treatment if that ever happens.
It is hard to predict exactly what will happen in Sweden in the coming generations. But the future is likely to be violent and unpleasant, regardless of the outcome.