A Short History of Sweden’s Entitlement Society

During his long reign, Tage Erlander, Swedish prime minister between 1946 and 1969, spoke grudgingly of the impending “discontent of growing expectations.” He was referring to how the Swedish labor movement, after decades of expansive welfare reforms, rather than being gratified, seemed incessantly focused on what it had not yet received from the perennial Social Democratic government.
Erlander’s misgivings turned out to be accurate. The entitlement society is indeed a beast that feeds on itself. From 1959 to 1977 the total tax burden in Sweden grew from a moderate 25.2 percent to a staggering 47.5 percent, topping out in 1990 at 52.3 percent. During the same time, the public sector share of GDP doubled, while private payrolls fell, predictably causing a decline in economic growth. In 1970 Sweden’s growth was second in the world only to Japan’s; in 1990 it was second-lowest in the OECD, even as entitlements and the public sector kept growing. Hence, a familiar choice: Either stop spending, or keep borrowing on the backs of future generations.
But making such a choice is no simple thing. A universal welfare state has consequences that run deeper than the economy, and are more difficult to reverse even than a two-decade-long economic disaster. Fundamental structures of civil society wilt when human responsibilities—including those towards future generations—are subsumed under government entitlements (in Sweden, giving to charity, absurdly, came to be considered a lack of solidarity, since it undermined the need for the welfare state); a sense of passivity spreads when people feel that personal happiness or despondency is independent of their own actions. The bureaucratic framework of the welfare state also locks in electoral support as a growing share of the voters move from private to public payrolls—why vote yourself out of a job? All of these factors made the prospects for Sweden to break the vicious spiral bleak indeed.
Sweden is a country that only 30 years ago was on the brink of socializing corporate profits so as to continue down the road to ruin.
Against all odds, voters defied political expectations. In 1991 they removed the Social Democratic government, and put in place a center-right government that promised to attack the fundamental problems of the welfare state. When the Social Democratic party was voted back in three years later—as a consequence not of the reforms, but because the economic recovery was not coming soon enough—it continued on the road to reform, keeping in place the essential transformations.
Sweden is a country that only 30 years ago was on the brink of socializing corporate profits so as to continue down the road to ruin.
Excerpts from: weeklystandard.com
Ed comment: The article gives the illusion that it’s “better” in Sweden now. Sweden is still very much an entitlement society. There has been a very clever program of privatizations that gives outsiders the illusion that Sweden is much more “liberal” economically speaking. In other words less “left” and more “free market.” This is indeed only an illusion. Government regulates like a monolithic monster it has become and there are not many alternate paths for those who want to go above and beyond the playpen that the government has drawn for the tightly regulated business world. Government, together with the few mega monopoly companies regulate to a point where the smaller companies can’t keep up and fulfill the ridiculous jumping of hoop to attain licenses, inspections, approvals, paper work and not to mention the sky high taxes. The “competition” is effectively eroded away pretty early in the game. There is also, more worryingly, no incentive to work hard in Sweden. To “over-achieve” is furthermore a cultural taboo. From the article: “Folkhemmet” – Sweden’s Fascism in slow motion we can read:

After their big economic meltdown in the early 90′s (huge unemployment and welfare benefits that could no longer be paid for) they undertook an exemplary program of privatizations and made big cuts to both taxes and welfare benefits but there are still huge disincentives to work in Sweden. Incomes are kept pretty uniform regardless of what you do — meaning that there is little incentive either to improve one’s skills or to work hard — and the sickness benefit side of the welfare system is still a huge racket. People on sickness benefits no longer get a higher income than they would by working but the benefits are still close to wages and access to the system is very easy. So huge numbers of Swedes have declared themselves too ill to work.

As a consequence, average Swedish incomes have fallen well behind American standards — as indexed by the most objective criterion we have: GDP per capita. When purchasing power is taken into account, the picture is even worse. A cup of coffee, for instance, is likely to cost you three times as much in Sweden as in the USA.
There is much more behind the “transition” from the seemingly endless reign of Tage Erlander, Olof Palme and the social democrats, then the article suggests. When the question was raised to potentially socialize corporate profits, at some point around 1985, it must have been “decided” at a higher level to simply remove Palme from his position of power. Palme was assassinated in February 1986.
But the tyranny remains and slowly.. SLOWLY Sweden is moving in a direction of centralization, control and totalitarian social planning.

Swedish Zionist Ewa Björling Attends the Bilderberg Meeting in 2011


Here is Ewa Björling at the 2009 Sweden-Israel National Association held at Västerås City Hall.

I’m always amused to see whom of the Bilderberg Attendants are from Sweden. Usually there are three to five …or so.

You always get “the regulars” like former Prime Minister of Sweden and current Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and Jacob Wallenberg, Chairman of Investor.

No change this year.

There was also a new name, Ewa Björling, the Minister for Trade.

Ok, interesting – let’s take a look.

In 2006 Björling was awarded with the “Jerusalem Prize” from the Zionist Federation in Sweden. The award is given to persons who has shown “extraordinary support for Israel, Jerusalem and Zionism”.

Zionist Federation of Sweden Presents the Jerusalem Prize

September 19, 2006
Israel’s Ambassador to Sweden, Eviatar Manor, presented the Jerusalem prize to parliamentarian Ewa Bjoerling.

The chairman of the Zionist Federation of Sweden, Mr. Bo Sallmander, introduced the prize winner and her courageous stand in defense of Israel and democracy against the ambiguous policies of the former Swedish government. Ms. Bjoerling is also a professor in microbiology at Karolinska Institute, specializing in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

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The undiscussed aspect of mass immigration into Swedish society

If you highlight that there are cultural problems in Sweden between immigrants and Swedes, you are dubbed a xenophobic racist right away.

You are not allowed to address these issues, you are not allowed to talk about them and you have absolutely no right to criticize other people with different cultural values.

I think that some aspects of these problems could be fixed with even some basic communication (leading to understanding), but the political correct VIRUS that exists in this country has prevented this from happening. “Don’t talk about it – put the lid on it!”

With communication some basic level misunderstanding could have been avoided, some other cultural values are more difficult to “fix” over come even with so called “tolerance”.

This philosophy and this inability to address some of these issues in the open … because it’s “offensive”, is acctually a huge disservice that the politically correct political class and their indoctrinated drones do to themselves, they just don’t know it yet. They just don’t get it.

The longer that all of this is suppressed and “the lid is kept one” …the worse it will get. Sweden is not an open society. eveything is very hush hush and it’s like a “pressure cooker”. Well, one day this pressure cooker will explode – because no steam is being let out. When that happens, I would NOT want to be in this country!

It might be another 5 years or maybe even 50 years, but the fact is …it’s going to happen sooner or later.

I don’t understand WHY it is so dangerous and “verboten” to talk about immigration in Sweden. Many people speak underneath their breath about it, many – if push comes to shove – would never ever say something publicly or in the open about it. It’s a fear of being ousted and they know they would be lynched if they did.

Anyone with a Swedish flag on their t-shirt back in the 90′s was considered a neo-nazi and the political class did a “number” on their people when they instigated a reemergence of national pride and cultural values and then quickly associated it with a racist ideology. Those who were younger in Sweden around this time will remember this. Timley and NOT coinsidentaly, this was when we entered into the European Union.

A brilliant plan (because it worked) to destroy even the tiny amount to national pride that was left in the dried out Swede.

I’m not against immigration, but I am against mass immigration and the fact that the politicians, the immigrant department and the social workers consider it to be a to sensitive issue to actually address and point out (and educate) immigrants about Swedish culture, differences they will encounter and how likley it is that cultural clashes will occur.

I worked in a school where immigrants learned Swedish for half a year or so back in the early 00′s. I got to see how isolated the immigrants became and how little they actually got thought about Swedish life, culture, customs, traditions and more importantly HISTORY! Not even Swedes are taught their own history. This is something the Swedish hating political class, with politicians like Mona Sahlin, have taken care of. They think Swedish culture is nothing but a Christianized phallus symbol (the mid-summers pole) and an imported recipe from Italy on how to make meatballs. There’s MUCH more to it then that – and I’m NOT talking about the Vikings.

I just have one basic question: WHY can not the Swedish people get to vote about the immigration issue? Shouldn’t they have their say in the matter? Is this NOT a democracy?

The following article is something that you’re not allowed to talk about in Sweden:

Welcome to Malmö!

Sweden is one of the worst hit countries in Europe of Muslim immigration and Political Correctness. Now, the police themselves have publicly admitted that they no longer control one of Sweden’s major cities. I have made some exclusive translations from Swedish media. They show the future of Eurabia unless Europeans wake up.

 

I’ve seen the future of Eurabia, and it’s called ‘Sweden.’ Malmø is Sweden’s third largest city, after Stockholm and Gothenburg. Once-peaceful Sweden, home of ABBA, IKEA and the Nobel Prize, is increasingly looking like the Middle East on a bad day.

 

ALL of the 600 windows at one of the schools in Malmø have been broken during the summer holiday. Window smashing alone costs the city millions every year. City buses have been forced to avoid the immigrant ghetto, as they are met with youths throwing rocks or bottles at them if they enter. Earlier this year, a boy of Afghan origin had made plans to blow up his own school.

 

People working at the emergency ward at the major hospital in Malmø receive threats every day, and are starting to get used to it. Patients with knives or guns are commonplace. They have discussed having metal detectors at the emergency entrance, but some fear this could be seen as a provocation.

 

Lisa Nilsson has lived in Manhatten, New York City, for 25 years. After moving back to Malmø, Sweden, she now misses the safety of New York. She never walks anywhere in Malmø after dark, but takes a taxi everywhere she goes.

Rapes in Sweden as a whole have increased by 17% just since the beginning of 2003, and have had a dramatic increase during the past decade. Gang rapes, usually involving Muslim immigrant males and native Swedish girls, have become commonplace. Two weeks ago, 5 Kurds brutally raped a 13-year-old Swedish girl.

 

22-year-old Swedish woman going out for fresh air gang raped by three strange men. The only said one word to her: “Whore!”

 

Ali Dashti comments: “Stories like this are in Swedish newspapers every week. Swedish media usually take great care not to mention the ethnic background of the perpetrators, but you can usually read it between the lines.”

 

One more: how have Swedish politicians reacted to the chaos caused in one of their major cities because of Muslims of whom even the police seem to be afraid? By making it easier for Muslims to enter Sweden:

Sweden’s politicians view arranged marriages as a positive tradition: a cultural pattern that immigrants should be allowed to preserve even in Sweden. The Swedish government feels that interfering in arranged marriages is an encroachment upon private life. In addition, immigrant couples can apply for family reunification in Sweden even if they’ve never seen each other before – as long as the marriage is entered in a culture with a tradition of parents arranging marriages on behalf of their children. A 2002 study by Växjö University economics professor Jan Ekberg found that immigration cost Swedish taxpayers DKK 33 billion that year, compared to just DKK 10 billion in Denmark. And while one might assume that the rise in costs would result in knee-jerk opposition to immigration, just the opposite has happened in Sweden. A Swedish government commission has proposed abolishing the so-called “seriousness requirement.”
For all the references and source: http://www.jihadwatch.org/2004/09/muslims-rule-major-swedish-city.html

Mona Sahlin’s Anti-Swedish rants

“I think that’s what makes many Swedes jealous of immigrant groups. You have a culture, an identity, a history, something that brings you together. And what do we have? We have Midsummer’s Eve and such silly things.”

— Mona Sahlin in a speech to the Turkish youth organization Euroturk, March, 2002. Source

“I hate everything that is genuine, typical Swedish.”

— Source: Expressen July 26, 2002.

“If two equally qualified persons apply for a job in a company with few immigrants, the one who is named Mohammed shall have the job.”

— Source: Göteborgs-Posten on 22 October 2000.

Here she is, Mona Muslim, in all her anti-White glory:

I think that Mona actually thinks Swedish culture and history is the Christianized Maypole and the imported Italian meatballs. I don’t think she understands that there is more. In her mind she probably doesn’t know, she hasn’t seen it and therefore it doesn’t exist. She hasn’t bothered to find out either of course. The atheist, science and socialist indoctrination commonly refereed to as “education” that Mona suffers from has most likely never included anything megalithic. She in most likely doesn’t know about the magnificent past of Västra Götaland, the land of the Goths. The country where ALL of the ancient kings of “Sweden” were born and are buried.

But who knows, maybe she does know … and she hate it.

She hates Kiviksgraven.

She hates Ekornavallen

And never mention Anundshögen to her – she’ll be furious!

These sites pale a bit in comparison to Göbekli tepe (update: not anymore as we now have our own 11 000 year old site discovered at the southern tip off Sweden), but I doubt that THIS is the place Mona thinks about when she mentions the “wonderful Turkish heritage”. She only probably thinks about the Mosques and the Islamic expansion. How these “feminists” have come to embrace such a misogynistic religion is beyond belief. Maybe her hatred for Sweden and the Swedes overrides it, she’ll use any force she can to destroy the object of her hate … by using another fucked up religion. Sweden has fought long and hard to resists Christianity. We didn’t really win, the Christianity that invaded and colonized our lands and our minds have just transformed into the Calvinistic “scientific” dictatorship that we suffer from today. Now the Swedish people are being smashed between a rock and a hard place. We’re now getting a taste of the two other psychotic parts of that insane trinity called the Abrahamic religions: Judaism and Islam! Aren’t we lucky.

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