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A populist lexicon: freedom fries and the Swedish far-right

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 21 Nov 2010, 14:38

Published: 18 Nov 2010 11:30 GMT+01:00
Updated: 21 Nov 2010 14:38 GMT+01:00

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The term "politically correct", used almost exclusively in a pejorative sense by the political right, or in a self-deprecating sense by the political left, once had an alternative, more positive and less partisan meaning in the Swedish language.

That has all now changed - by the expansion of the global discourse, the interminable advance of the English language, but most of all by the emergence of populist nationalism on a national stage.

The term in Swedish is now bandied about in the same shrill accusatory tone to which Anglophones have long become accustomed.

Matthew Parris, a prominent journalist and author, and former Conservative MP, coined the phrase "politically sound" in an article in the UK journal The Spectator back in February 2000 in which he cast a critical eye to identify "the dead dogma" of his (centre) right-wing political persuasion.

"As we ridicule the po-faced puritans of the Left, we forget how ripe for ridicule are the sniffy certainties of our own creed," Parris wrote in his "Lexicon of conservative cant".

If "politically correct" describes this dogma among the left, "politically sound" among the centre-right, a new term is surely needed to distinguish the "sniffy certainties" of the new far-right discourse.

Following Parris' lead, but without the same political introspection, let us now turn our attention to the burgeoning rhetorical orthodoxy of the Swedish political far-right, and of all those who begin their sentences ”I am not a racist, but...”.

What emerges -- and is laid out below -- is a lexicon of populist platitudes, or dictionary, if you will, of what exponents might describe as straight-talking, but we'll call the "politically simple".

Are YOU politically simple?

A is for assimilation. The politically simple argue that in the 1950s, Sweden practiced assimilation. The politically simple like the 1950s and would rather Sweden had stayed there.

B is for Bevara Sverige Svenskt. Keep Sweden Swedish. The politically simple argue there are many immigrants among their ranks and that all can join the movement, all they have to do is share the movement's anti-immigrant values.

C is for culture. The politically simple do not like being labelled racist, they argue instead that an individual’s (poor) behaviour is an inevitable result of his culture.

A 'culture enricher' (kulturberikare) is a term of derision used ironically in politically simple circles to describe variously immigrants who commit crimes, or merely behave in a foreign manner, and is a play on those who often cite “cultural enrichment” as a positive aspect of diversity.

'Culture enriched' (kulturberikad) is the term used for a victim, for example a Swedish woman who has been raped by an immigrant perpetrator.

D is for Denmark. Denmark has arrested the slide into perceived inevitable multicultural chaos by introducing a raft of tough measures on immigration. The politically simple argue that when in Sweden do as the Danes.

E is for establishment. The politically simple deem the establishment to include the media, the courts, the church, the feminist lobby, the left, the right, the green, the research community... but not the King.

F is for the Faroe Islands. With its folk dress clad peoples, isolation, and high degree of ethnic purity, this north Atlantic outpost is the politically simple's idea of an ideal holiday destination.

G is for Gay Pride. Some of the politically simple's best friends are gay, but see no reason why they need to be given a whole afternoon to celebrate the fact.

H is for homogeneous. Sweden in the 1950s (although there is some doubt as to the veracity of this claim).

I is for integration. A failed experiment that has led to Swedish society bending over backwards for the newcomers. The politically simple have made up their minds on this and will hear no evidence to the contrary.

J is for Jimmie Åkesson – he can say and do no wrong, tra la la la la.

K is for kebab. I am not an Islamophobe, I eat kebab.

L is for Lagerlöf. Selma Lagerlöf - the politically simple claim the celebrated author as one of their own, although she died before she had any say in the matter.

M is for multiculturalism. A complete and utter failure. The politically simple argue that anyone who does not share their version of a monoculture and means to achieve it, probably belongs to E above.

N is for negerboll. Negro ball. A sweet chocolate delicacy covered with lashings of white coconut flakes that should be called by its proper name. The politically simple argue that calling the spherical sweet a chocolate or coconut ball is proof of ”political correctness gone mad”.

O is for oikophobia. Used to variously describe those who sit down at midsummer, folk musicians who gratuitously play world music, or those who argue that austere furnishing and painting walls white is perhaps not so quintessentially Swedish as we might have thought.

P is for Pia. Mamma Pia. Danish People's Party leader Pia Kjærsgaard is the beacon whose shining path glows from across the Öresund and living proof that marginal levels of support are no barrier to hijacking the public debate.

Q is for Queen Silvia (Sommerlath). A bastion of Swedish values and guardian of the Swedish historical legacy. The acceptable face of immigration.

R is for Rosengård. Malmö’s multi-ethnic suburb and cited as a glaring example of the utter failure of Swedish multiculturalism. The politically simple do not feel the need to have visited Rosengård, home to some 20,000 people, to know this.

S is for Swedish hatred. See O above.

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T is for taboo. The politically simple argue that they say what you are thinking, but are too politically correct to admit and too self-censored to discuss.

U is for union. EU, UN, NATO – all should be treated with the utmost suspicion. A Nordic Union is however a very good idea.

V is for Vellinge. The municipality which greets arrivals with the message: “where freedom is greater”, but whose freedoms have famously been restricted to exclude pretty much anyone who doesn’t already live there. The home county of choice for every self-respecting member of the politically simple. See H above.

W is for witch. "Batik Witch" is a term of disdain used for anyone (well anyone female) who is reluctant to classify all problems as cultural and prefers to consider socio-economic factors. The politically simple point out that while she is passionate about the suburbs, she lives at a nice address, and is thus deserving of ridicule.

X is for (e)xtreme left. When they are not demonstrating in numbers, they can be found hiding under the bed, every bed.

Y is for you. It could be you, it is just a question of time. Despite the Sweden Democrats winning only 5.7 percent of the vote in the general election, the politically simple act as if they won 30, arguing that it is undemocratic for the Alliance government to discuss a cooperation with anyone else first.

Z is for Zlatan (Ibrahimovic). Despite being captain of the national team and never having been anything else, he will never become Swedish – the politically simple like to reserve the right to make the distinction for themselves.

This list should not be interpreted as being dismissive of the concerns of the right - they are real to those who share its mindset. It is instead intended to highlight that rhetorical dogma is not the exclusive reserve of any political shade.

This mindset among followers of the Swedish far-right is one that screams for attention, but recoils when that attention is given. It is one that demands the freedom to speak, but cries foul when others exercise the same right. It is the mindset of a group that claims to speak for the moral majority, but plays the role of the marginalized victim; which demands to be taken seriously, but is quick to ridicule.

It is the mindset, just like any hysterical herd regardless of political sentiment, which has stopped asking the questions and ceased listening for the answers. And as Matthew Parris once observed of the "politically sound", the "politically simple" adopt the language of the natural bully.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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17:05 November 18, 2010 by Swedesmith
You forgot ä, å and ö.
17:15 November 18, 2010 by eltechno
Ah Mr. Simpson. I suppose this little number makes you feel clever. Unfortunately, your absurd use of the word "populism" only reveals that you are historically illiterate.

The People's Party that formed at the Omaha Convention of 1892 called themselves Populists--it is where the word came from. They weren't ignorant or backwards or racists. In fact, the Peoples Party was probably the most successful progressive movement in history of USA. Of course, the success of their *methods* lead to all sorts of unsavory folks appropriating them--and all sorts of third-rate "intellectuals" using the word populist to describe the people they don't like.

For sloppy use of the language, I give you an F. If you want to know the actual history of Populism, start here:

17:42 November 18, 2010 by shame, shame
Spot on mr. vinthagen, you have certainly done your research. But prepare yourself for an indignant onslaught - the "politically simple" make all the noise over there in Sweden at the moment, I have heard.

@eltechno - could it be that the word populist, like for ex. liberal, have more than one meaning. Islamaphobe politician Geert Wilders, for example, is regularly described as "populist" here in the Netherlands.
18:04 November 18, 2010 by eltechno
@shame, shame

When one word supposedly has two meanings that are contradictory, one of those meanings has to be wrong.

The folks who use the word "populist" to describe a guy like Wilders are just lousy students of history. There really can be no other explanation.
02:02 November 19, 2010 by rymagnusson
The phrase "politically simple" perfectly encapsulates this kind of 'folksy truisms' that the right tries to use to win arguments.
03:57 November 19, 2010 by Marc the Texan
If your looking for the meaning of 'politically simple' refer to this article for the long winded definition.
13:49 November 19, 2010 by stenhuggaren

"The People's Party that formed at the Omaha Convention of 1892..." !? - I am thinking that you need to get yourself a 21st century dictionary and throw of the intellectual shackles of your ethnocentric worldview.

Populist does not describe any fixed set of political opinions or moral convictions, it describes a political style and is thus as fully applicable to your obscure US People's Party reference, as it it to our own little band of retro-nationalists the SD.

As for the column at hand - thanks for introducing me to the word "oikophobia". Splendid :-)
18:04 November 19, 2010 by svenskamerikansk
My, my, my, Mr Simpson sure is feeling sanctimonious and full of himself today.

I wonder what it's like to believe yourself the source of all righteousness in the world, fully self-confident that your worldview and believe system is superior to all others.

Judging from this column, it must be pretty miserable.
19:18 November 19, 2010 by Iraniboy
LOOOL Fantastic!! Mr Peter Simpson. If you want to be inspired for more explanation of these 'Politically Simple' people, read the previous comments and probably those which coming hereafter! :D
21:55 November 19, 2010 by Indignerad
This is fantastic and completely spot on. Well done!
02:16 November 20, 2010 by flaedo
l think he got the letters if the alphabet in the correct order. Thats the only thing he got correct. The whole article is a defense of the destruction of Swedish and Western culture. That is all it is. l could ask the author why he thinks Swedish and Western culture is so worthless that it must be done away with - but l would be wasting my time. The author advocates a lot of fine sounding notions however beneath these humanistic plattitudes lurks a terrible reality - the death of our European culture and its replacement with a kind of nihlistic non culture, preferably made of some kind on non durable plastic. Oh and dont forget to get rid of history - all European history. The new land he is constructing will look much cleaner without our history.
04:16 November 20, 2010 by Hertha Fan
I agree with everything that flaedo has written.

Why does Mr. Simpson write for Sweden's version of TheLocal if he wants to destroy Swedish culture, or at least help those who want to do it ? Typical journalist, write a lot of politically correct garbage & insist that anyone who disagrees with him & his agenda is of lower intelligence. Actually, the less intelligent would be the herd that blindly follow the agenda propogated by Mr. Simpson without making the effort to find or think about what's really happening for themselves.
13:18 November 20, 2010 by Byggare Bob
"Fools are my theme, let satire be my song" - Byron
17:24 November 20, 2010 by facistland
What a dumd ass liberal that thinks he is so smark. I wonder what will happen to you and people like you when the revolution comes? Good luck trying to sell your liberal ideas, the way I see it, liberals don't have much time left in europe!
12:17 November 21, 2010 by Iraniboy
The correlation between intelligence and humour is very high in this article. Thanks you :)

@for those who are bragging about Europe history

All nations have good histories and bas histories. If you brag about your history you cannot ignore what you did in 1950s in West Europe and 1990s in East Europe. You don't need to go back 100 years back to see this extreme violence was consequences of Xenophobia and racism and it was a clash of your ideas inside Europe!!!!
14:14 November 21, 2010 by calebian22
Politically simple can also describe anyone who automatically dismisses the not so irrational fears of the Right.
16:06 November 21, 2010 by amelie_l
Politically simple according to Peter Vinthagen Simpson: those who don't think like me.

Here is another lexicon by the way (use eventually google translation tool): http://aktualia.wordpress.com/2010/10/02/nysvensk-ordlista4/
20:53 November 21, 2010 by planet.sweden
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21:00 November 21, 2010 by amelie_l
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22:23 November 21, 2010 by planet.sweden
Ahh, tut tut, Peter Vinthagen Simpson, the man with the butch stubble removed my post simply because I pointed out how childish it was. Well that was mature of you Peter darling wasn't it?

Dear on dear, people who like to pretend they're somebody give themselves away with their waffer thin skins. I assure you Mathew Parris always accepted my comments with good grace. But then that's the difference you see old boy, between the real deal, and the wanna-be. Opps time for Perter Censor to call.

AsThatcher always said, when the Left gain power, you know that an assault on freedom of speech is never far behind. Peter Simple likes to dish it out, "The politically simple think..." etc etc, but the guy can't take it back. What does that tell you about him folks?
22:32 November 21, 2010 by amelie_l
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02:59 November 22, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
Are YOU politically spineless?

A is for as*s kissing. The politically spineless argue that every little hint of justified blame on any "minority" is flirting with racism.

B is for bu*tt-raping each and every bit of hard earned piece of legistlation concerning equality and human rights.

C is for celibacy. The reticence from making any politics at all, because "it might hurt their feelings." When you then argue that is it not so that these "they-people" are in this case too juvenile for an advanced society, you will be struck back with claims how "their" culture used to be soooo acvanced back in the days before middle ages.

D is for Deutcheland. A land whose top chemist got a nobel-prize, and also developed nerve-gases in a "nationalistic manner" for war-use. But hey, "it was back then," right? THESE DAYS a bit of nationalism even in mildest form goes strictly against the Nobel comittees deepest values, the ones that it was BASED on.

What a foundation.

E is for erratic behaviour. Whenever it is suggested that the politically spineless might want to actually get a spine every now and then, these suggestions are first met with some sort of wabbly bustling about to stifle the conversation right then and there, after whitch huge amounts of energy is put into passing LEGISTLATION to make political spinelessness something rooted throughout the whole constitution.

Politically spineless allways scream for more legistlation as remedy or everything, so that it becomes absolutely impossible to use any common sense at all, and for the sake of not hurting anybodys feelings, the law is then ready to be misused by anyone with the will to misuse it.
04:52 November 22, 2010 by BarCode
"Peter Vinthagen Simpson news@thelocal.se"

Shouldn't that be opinion, not news? The news, opinions, and features get all mixed up, and I don't have much confidence that the "real" news stories aren't half opinion, too.
08:09 November 22, 2010 by grymagnusson
I love this article. I hate political correctness in all its forms and I salute you for the for coming up with so many wonderful examples of it being alive and well among the far-right and its supporters.

Satire is a wonderful weapon and as you say we should all learn to laugh at ourselves a little more.

As for some of the reactions on this page - it will no doubt come as no surprise to you that the PS "herd" can't see the irony in what they write. And remember, the true "spineless" are those who hide behind the anonymity of the internet to bully others. Stå på Mr Simpson.
08:46 November 22, 2010 by amelie_l
Mr Peter Vinthagen Simpson is nothing of a journalist, he's just using The Local to systematically express his hate against Sweden democrat and encourage people to hate them in the basis of his lies. If the word racist was not only encouragement to hate to an ethnic group but simply to a group of people, he should be sued. By persecuting a certain party much more than other, he's spoiling democracy.

What really surprises me is that his boss lets him do. I thought The local was trying to be a serious and unpolitical news website, simply English news over Sweden, not a political arena. I was wrong maybe. Or maybe his boss doesn't care.

Mr Peter Vinthagen Simpson is full of himself and full of certainties, with other words he's an idiot.

I hope my comment won't be removed this time.
11:26 November 22, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
F is for falukorv, the Swedish "delicacy" that enjoys the protection of EU, much like FETA cheese, but whitch is something one can actually eat and has cultural backround in the Balkans, unlike the falukorv whitch is an imported product to begin with. Tasting & smelling like a sweatty insole of a Chinese sneaker, it must have gotten its status out of pity for the Swedish food-culture.

We have something similar here, the HK-bleu, whitch goes well with a 3/4 litre bottle of koskenkorva, since they both taste like something digged out of a pitch they were put in somewhere back in 17th century. Please give us the EU protected designation of origin for both.

G is for Gypsies, still stuck in that pitch and refusing to come out of it. We should give the Gypsies the EU protected designation of origin, so they would surely remain as-they-are, we would then cultivate them like plants according to original recipe. And to make sure next generations to come will see how they were "back then" we could actually stuff a few of them, after some of them have killed each other in a knife fight over tribal disputes, or killed in traffic, since they seem to drive cars like gypsies too, with no direction exept certain death.

We could stuff them and put them on display at the royal castle or something, much like furniture that´s allways been around but no one has any use anymore, other than just being there as-they-are, like something protected by the bureau antiquities.
14:01 November 22, 2010 by Byggare Bob
@ Jarvilainennen.

finally a critical reader who is able to engage his brain and not just his mouth to spew forth the usual indignant bile that we have sadly come to expect from Angry of Stockholm and his ilk on the The Local's discussion pages.

Looking forward to reading H - Ö.
19:12 November 22, 2010 by Iraniboy
@Jarvilainennen & Byggare...

Interesting! So you want to help gypsies to come out of the pitch?! It's funny how your ideology is similar to those stupid leaders in Iran and Asghanistan. They also ask people to live as they say so that people go to heaven. What should people do to tell you and your ilk that we don't want to go to heaven or come out of pitch?!!!

If it wasn't due to rather liberal values of Europe they were living as people in Middle East. The far-right groups are far too keen to implement it. They want to tell us what to do, wear, eat, say so are MODERN!
19:58 November 22, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
The gypsies´ skirts have are quite "liberally" measured to fit a 6-pack of beer and probably about 15 kg of vacume packed meat inside them.

Plus It´s quite liberal how they discriminate themselves, in a very sort of liberal manner. Women can´t live above men and so on.

If heaven is that liberal, I´d rather go to hell.
10:22 November 23, 2010 by Byggare Bob

I was referring only to the fact that he at least did not just engage in a withering personal attack on the author, which was refreshing.

Any content in Jarvil...'s posts, he can stand for himself.
12:19 November 23, 2010 by Scambaiter
It's amazing how a mere 5% of the Swedish population can spew 95% of the hatred and bigotry in this country. And all this while cowering in a bedroom posting muppetous clichés from behind the safety of a computer keyboard.

planet.sweden and amelie...I dare say your comments were removed because they were threatening/insulting/racist. That falls within the boundaries of "freedom of speech" for right-wing thugs and bigots, but fortunately for the rest of us, ie 95% of the population, "freedom of speech" doesn't mean you can say anything you like.

Please note that Mr Simpson hasn't posted anything threatening/insulting/racist, he's just winding you up, boy. And he's done a wonderful job judging from your bitter rant. HOHHOO!

tut tut, planet.sweden, "you and your wafer-thin skin".
08:43 November 24, 2010 by amelie_l
Anyone who dares criticizing some cultures and the current immigration policy is systematically called "racist". Same thing in my country, who sinks in violence and poverty. We are going to see in Sweden developing violence, destructions, robberies, and for women who follow the European free way of living instead of staying home as much as possible and wearing weil or burqa: harassment, insults and gang rapes, because they will be considered as bitch calling for sex.

That will start in suburbs occupied mainly by immigrant of sexist and violent cultures, and it will spread more and more in big cities. Violence is more systematically used by people of the same violent and sexists cultures as a way to express all possible frustrations, in all environments, poor or not. With more of those people, particularly with the next generations, that will become more obvious.

I think my country desserves what happens because it is full of idiots and hypocrites, or maybe I need to think that in order to help me accept the progressive destruction of my own country.

But Sweden is such a peaceful country. People have achieved here social evolutions more than everywhere else, particularly concerning equality between men and women. I see plenty of men taking care of their kids, bearing baby on their stomach, women having occupations that are mainly occupied by men in other countries. I never see disdain or violence in the eyes of the Swedes. I have never been victim of a Swedish chef with a sick ego, I have never have a Swedish boyfriend who tried to prove me that all the things that goes wrong in the couple come from me, I've never have a Swedish partner that promised me feelings in order to have sex and then leave me...

Every day my heart cries for Sweden because I know her destiny. I hope I will be long away then, in another part of the world, I don't want to see her rape.
11:12 November 24, 2010 by stenhuggaren
@ amelie

with attitudes like you detail above, I doubt few will mourn your departure.
11:41 November 24, 2010 by Anarka
I must admit that some of those things written by Mr. Simpson I agree but many of them I dont. The letter "I" is a good example, a united multicultural football match proving that there isnt an immigration problem in sweden? What, did I miss something important? Surely though theres always another side of the coin, no matter what, I just personally havent read or heard anything good about the situations with the immigrants in Sweden. Please let me know if there are some.

In the end though this article to me looks like just another typical swedish sneaky upper class sarcasm ...calling people 'politically simple' as in STUPID ...never understood this thing what swedes do to each other, being always so up with their own noses and them liking to put other people down?
13:36 November 24, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
H is for hedonism. Group hedonism. A world where each and every little group is given a chance to satisfy their "cultural" needs of group behaviour. This on the expense of individual hedonism. Religion, for example is nothing but group hedonism with the aim of giving a sense of belonging under the veil of religion. Disabled will get off their wheelchairs and learn to walk, cancer is cured and gates to paradise are open by simply bowing down to a moon-rock 5 times a day.

Because your local village idiot said so, hey, it must be so. So get high on it.

Because of this hedonistic need of deepest selfish nature, it is even allowed to make politics based on this selfishness. Otherwise the peoples´ head would explode because they could not express their selfish, hedonistic nature.

Also according to the paradox, one must practice restraint, until the time of indulgence. This is done in groups to justify ones need for selfish pleasure.
14:21 November 24, 2010 by Byggare Bob
"What emerges -- and is laid out below -- is a lexicon of populist platitudes, or dictionary, if you will, of what exponents might describe as straight-talking, but we'll call the "politically simple"."

"This list should not be interpreted as being dismissive of the concerns of the right."

As I understand it, the author means simple as in not complex. Although as you say, there is a mildly mocking tone in much of the article that would appear deliberate.

This definition of the word (which of course has several) would also be more in tune with the current political debate in Sweden, specifically regarding the SD - they regularly argue that they "tala klarspråk" when the other parties fudge the issue and is a key part of their appeal.

As this article shows and SD's opponents argue, though, there is a backside to developing simple/straightforward solutions to complex problems.
15:37 November 24, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
I stands for idealism. It has been so easy to hide behind the politically spineless, idealistic jargon, be it multi kulti, religion, nationalism, communism or any other selfish embodiment of a "new and perfect world with equal rights to all."

What it comes down to is protecting ones own surroundings of too much outside influence gone to extremes. The basic animalistic instinct to protect ones territory. This instinct will never be castrated out of any society no matter how much political jargon is thrown at people, or how wide the gates at the borders are opened in the name of culture. Go too far with it and you will only succeed in strenghtening that instict as the "new and beautiful" was not so new and beautiful afterall.

Multi kulti became an idealism. A self-serving politically spineless jargon used as a flag in front of political discussion, to collect votes and label any dissident voice a racist voice.

When Ibrahim Shkupolli shot those people at a shopping centre here, only after that the jargon gave room for an open discussion of extraditing the most dangerous of newcomers before people get shot because of too much political correctness.
23:46 November 25, 2010 by billyb362
The Local's Peter Vinthagen Simpson -

Mr. Simpson has treated with sarcastic contempt all views that do not strictly conform to the collectivist-totalitarian mindset. It seems apparent that Mr. Simpson's leftist political ideology represents The Local's mentality on political issues, as well. Never again will readers have to wonder whether or not they're getting an intellectually objective, balanced view on important news stories/issues.

Because, if you're not part of the 'politically sound' ideological viewpoint, (Collectivism) you're no doubt part of that abhorrent culture of 'politically simple' humans and not worthy of having your views treated with fairness.

When referencing Peter Vinthagen Simpson's Lexicon:

*The politically simple = racist, bigoted idiots

*The politically sound (politically correct) = intelligent and politically superior in all things, totalitarian viewpoint, layered with arrogance and camouflaged hatred
09:44 November 27, 2010 by shame, shame

you are either indoctrinated as "politically simple" and thus unable to laugh at yourself, you are unable to read and thus unable to grasp the content of this article at all, or both.

The author advocates nothing here - definitely not some "collectivist-totalitarian mindset". He criticises dogma. And as anyone who has read The Local, or the author's business blog for instance, knows full well that neither represent a "leftist political ideology".

Click on the link for politically sound and begin your research there. That is if you have an interest in lending some sort of objectivity to your rabid incoherent ramblings.
09:22 December 1, 2010 by Mr. Puppy
There are reasons for left-wing people to support anti-immigration policies. Look at the new story about the niqab, it's soon going to become taboo for anyone to argue that the niqab is bad for women, even though there is no reason that a woman should cover her face in Sweden in 2010, a land where the equality of men and women has been an important part of the culture. Now all of the sudden it's okay to support segregatory ideas in the name of religion? Socially conservative patriarchal practices have been steadily dismantled in Sweden for a long time and to suddenly go backwards on that is wrong.

Plus as long as the political center does nothing about immigration more and more people will be driven to the far right and will adopt their socially conservative and patriarchal viewpoints in addition to anti-immigration viewpoints. That's another reason for the left to be anti-immigration - as long as nothing is done about immigration the far right will grow and grow. I don't want to live in a Catholic or Mormon or Muslim or Jewish theocracy and it isn't racist to say so.
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"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

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