Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and the 6-8 pieces of bread per day

Is this what “sound” science leads to?

Bread makes you pudgy, lazy and sick! Look into it.

Yet here they are, the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in 1976 telling you to eat 6-8 pieces of bread per day to stay healthy! Ha! How DEEP into the manipulation do you have to be, to accept this kind of vile propaganda by the government?

Also, know that this these billboards in commercialism free Sweden in 76 is funded and “recommended” by the the “bread institute” and the wheat industry. This is evidence of the corporate fascist state was rampant back in the social democrat heaven of ’76.

“Eat more bread!” it says.
“6-8. Won’t make you rounder. Just healthier.”

“The Bread Institute”

Read the rest of the story: here

Sweden Rejects Child Prostitution Damages Claim

From: thelocal.se (February 2008)

Sweden has said it will not award damages to two women claiming to have been exploited in a major prostitution scandal in the 1970s.

Chancellor of Justice Göran Lambertz, Sweden’s most senior legal official, said he had no reason to doubt that the women had been exposed to “a large number of sex offences”. But Lambertz also referred in his judgment to the statute of limitations, which imposes a ten year cut-off point for damages claims of this kind.

The women were just 14 years old when the scandal broke in 1976.

The Chancellor of Justice agreed with the women that a more thorough investigation ought to have been carried out at the time. But the failure of the investigation to lead to a prosecution did not constitute “an error on which to base a compensation claim”.

Lambertz also concurred with the women that prosecutors should have pushed harder to have those involved in the scandal convicted for purchasing sexual services from children. But this did not mean the women had a legitimate claim to damages, according to Lambertz.

Prosecutors at the time did not think they would be able to successfully pursue charges against the suspects “and for this reason it was not a serious mistake on the state’s behalf,” wrote Lambertz in his judgment.

Eva Bengtsson, one of the women claiming compensation from the state, said she was not surprised by the decision.

“It was expected, but I plan to keep going with this. I think these men should step forward,” she told news agency TT.

Bengtsson added that the verdict had left her with a sense of disappointment in the justice system.

“There shouldn’t be a statute of limitations for something like this. These men are pedophiles. We were 13 and 14 years old when this happened. It wouldn’t be accepted today,” she said, adding that she would reach a decision on how to press forward with the case after consultation with her lawyer.

The scandal began with a raid on a Stockholm brothel in 1976. In May of that year, the brothel madam, Doris Hopp, was arrested on pimping charges. A police investigation soon revealed that many of Hopp’s customers were well-known politicians.


Lennart Geijer

November 1977 newspaper Dagens Nyheter rocked the foundations of Sweden’s political establishment by publishing allegations citing Justice Minister Lennart Geijer as one of the customers.

The newspaper claimed as its source a report in which chief of police Carl Persson informed Prime Minister Olof Palme of the involvement of politicians in the prostitution scandal.

But Palme vehemently denied the allegations, accusing Dagens Nyheter of aggravated libel. The newspaper was forced into a retreat and two days after the publication Lennart Geijer received an official apology.

It later emerged however that, a few minor details aside, the newspaper’s assertions had in fact been largely correct. Over the years, there has been much speculation regarding the identities of those who made use of the brothel’s services.

At the time of the scandal broke, it was not illegal to pay for sexual services. But the fact that politicians socialized with prostitutes was viewed as a security risk since staff from foreign embassies were also reported to frequent the brothel.


Olof Johansson (in 1991) & Thorbjörn Fälldin

Former Prime Minister Thorbjörn Fälldin and former Centre Party leader Olof Johansson have both previously denied frequenting Doris Hopp’s brothel.

Article from: http://www.thelocal.se/10108/20080226/

Olof Palme Suspected Of Paedophilia
By Jonathan Newton | newtonline.wordpress.com


Olof Palme

…the most hushed-down scandal in Swedish history resurfaced again, and it fills me with such grief. It is a story that is on par with the infamous Belgian paedophile scandal, with the only difference that the cover-up has succeeded in this case.

The scandal in essence is that there is reason to believe that two Swedish Prime ministers during the 1970s, the internationally known Olof Palme, and Thorbjörn Fälldin, were customers at a network of prostitutes which involved underage girls. In other words, should the allegations be true, these men were paedophiles.

And not only them. The investigation – hushed down as it is – involves a long list of top politicians and celebrities of the time. Some 70 names have been mentioned.

The girls, around 14 at the time, have now grown up, and yesterday, they held a press conference where two of them are demanding compensation fron the Swedish state.

But it doesn’t end there. As I have mentioned, there has never been a proper investigation of these matters. Olof Palme lied to the entire Swedish people when he denied that the then head of the Swedish police, Carl Persson, had written to him to inform him that his Minister of Justice, Lennart Geijer, was frequenting prostitutes and could therefore be subject to blackmail – especially since some of the prostitutes were from the Communist bloc. Mr Persson’s note was disclosed in the daily Dagens Nyheter in 1977, but Olof Palme could see from the way the article was written that the paper did not have access to the note itself. Olof Palme very aggressively denied that the note had ever existed and called the whole thing rumours and worse, but in 1991, the note was declassified and confirmed that Mr Geijer was in fact buying sex.

Why Olof Palme put his entire career at stake to lie so blatantly – about something he likely knew was true – remains an enigma; he was murdered in 1986 and took his secrets to his grave. But the fact is that the former prostitutes yesterday repeated that he would hve beneone of their customers. Did he lie in order to protect himself?

Worse still, his Minister of Justice – Mr Geijer – was trying at the time to decriminalise paedophilia (yes, it’s true). Thank God he was stopped, but that further adds to the sleaziness of it all.

Meanwhile, the girls – several of whom have identified top politicians as customers, independently of one another – descended into personal problems and drug abuse, frustrated about the massive cover-up form the establishment. They have never budged one inch from their story; they insist to this day that what they allege is true.

The whole thing has resurfaced from time to time in Sweden, but has just as regularly vanished from the headlines again and led to no repercusisons at all. Only one person has ever been tried and found guilty, Sigvard Hammar, a marginal figure who was a TV journalist as well as a paraplegic and thus less into the circles of power, who also openly admitted abusing underage girls. But he was sentenced for procuring, not for abusing minors.

There is much more to say about this disgusting, nauseating, stomach-turning, sinister, evil, deprave, vicious mess. How Dagens Nyheter’s source, criminologist Leif G W Persson who worked for Carl Persson at the time, found not only his desk but his entire room emptied the day after Dagens Nyheter broke the story. How the cover-up in 1977 was orchestrated by people involving the then Chief Constable of Stockholm, Hans Holmér, the same police officer who later made a complete mess of the murder investigation ofOlof Palme - for whatever reason. How Thorbjörn Fälldin before the Swedish Parliament in 1977 stated that the entire list of suspects must have been false simply because his own name was on it – and how the Swedish nation chose to believe him.

And how an unknown number of young girls had their lives ruined by the men in power that were supposed to provide their ultimate security.

So, will there be a proper investigation this time? At present, it doesn’t seem likely. The story has already been moved to the back pages, and it seems that the whole thing will once again be ground down into the bureaucratic machinery.

Article from: http://newtonline.wordpress.com/2007/12/06/
olof-palme-suspected-of-paedophilia/

Psychoanalyst Rollo May talking about Swedish society in “Sagolandet” (Fairy tale land)

Sweden is not back in the “comfortable” 80′s anymore …but in many regards the country and its people haven’t progressed much. Privatization and corporatism has gotten more intense, but the problem that Rollo May “circles” in this excerpt is still a pervasive one: Complacency and hopelessness. The documentary is from 1988.

Sweden’s Big Government ‘Utopia’ Unmasked

By Alex Newman | Crisis Magazine

The Kingdom of Sweden has been revered by supporters of big government around the world for decades, cited by statist college professors and policy makers everywhere. It started with the myth that its “socialist” system could simultaneously provide freedom, prosperity, and generous welfare benefits to all. But now, the illusion is beginning to crumble.

The Swedish government has become notorious worldwide in recent years: Its blatant and sometimes brutal suppression of religious freedom, educational liberty, and the traditional family is well known among Western nations. In 2003, the Justice Ministry investigated the Holy Bible for “hate speech.” A few years later, a Christian preacher was sentenced to jail for criticizing homosexuality. Last year, the government passed a law banning homeschooling and religious instruction in so-called free schools. All educational institutions will soon be teaching the government curriculum — including the notion that there is no difference between genders. Examples of the state run amok are near endless.

One recent tragedy exemplifies the government’s attitude: the internationally known case of the Johansson family. Almost two years ago, following years of harassment by the municipal social services, the Johansson family made plans to leave Sweden for good. The government had been pestering the parents about putting their young son, Domenic, into daycare. They refused. Later, instead of enrolling the young boy in government school, the parents decided to educate Domenic at home until they left for India, the mother’s homeland. Homeschooling was — despite draconian restrictions — still legal in Sweden, after all.

But as they were sitting on the plane, just minutes before takeoff, armed police stormed onboard and seized the then-seven-year-old boy. There was no warrant, no suspicion of physical abuse — just an angry social-service bureaucracy that couldn’t stand the thought of the Johansson family escaping its iron fist. After the family was torn apart over the education matter, the government also made an issue about the boy’s not having received all of his optional vaccines. On top of that, a pair of baby-tooth cavities the family had scheduled an appointment to treat in India were also later included in the allegations against them.

Now, years and countless court hearings later, the family is still separated. An appeal in Stockholm on May 11 drew some protesters and countless letters of support from advocates around the world, but the government won’t budge. The involvement of half-a-dozen high-profile organizations in Scandinavia and elsewhere on behalf of the family has not helped, either.

The parents were unable to attend the most recent hearing due to health concerns: The mother, Annie Johansson, was so traumatized by the tragedy that she’s been hospitalized at least six times since then. They worried that if they showed up and had any sort of breakdown, the government would use it as more evidence that they were not competent to parent their child. It was just as well they didn’t come: According to numerous attendees, the court proceeding was a charade. They were kicked out after ten minutes so the proceeding could continue behind closed doors. The Johansen’s were represented by an appointed court attorney, despite their protests.

Supporters of the family did come out. With time, more Swedish people are becoming aware of what is going on in their country, despite a virtual media blackout. As the clampdown accelerates, Swedes are speaking out. Jonas Himmelstrand, the president of the Swedish Home Education Association and the founder of the family-policy think tank Mireja Institute, has been traveling the world warning of the dangers of Swedish family and education policies. In the last year he’s been to Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Canada, Hungary, and more — sometimes invited by government. Soon he will be sounding the alarm at the United Nations in New York.

“You have to see [the attack on homeschooling] in the broader scope of the view of family in Sweden,” Himmelstrand toldCrisis Magazine, citing the state daycare system that now cares for more than 90 percent of children older than 18 months. “Our government has basically taken on the role of child-rearing to a certain extent.” He also noted that Swedish schools are under heavy criticism for producing poor results, both socially and academically — which may lead more parents to discover how successful homeschooling actually is.

The Domenic Johansson case, while not unique in Sweden, has homeschoolers in particular very worried. “This is a case which seems incomprehensible to many Swedes,” Himmelstrand explained, noting that he understood why it would lead to protests. “It’s not the only case where the social authorities have done something which seems to lack all sense and all humanity.”

He said one of the most alarming elements of the Johansson case is that homeschooling and not attending daycare were used as a justification to seize the child in an earlier verdict. The government alleged it had somehow damaged the boy — a claim for which there is, “of course, absolutely no proof whatsoever,” Himmelstrand noted. “That’s the scary part: We have social authorities who cannot seem to understand sometimes what a healthy family is.” The whole case is “a tragedy” and something that is “very upsetting to Swedish homeschoolers,” Himmelstrand concluded.

Pro-freedom advocates in Sweden agree. And the case is indicative of a much more troubling trend. “I think the Domenic case very well illustrates the Swedish government attitude against individual freedom,” explained Joakim Fagerström, a father and the president of the liberty-minded Ludwig von Mises Institute in Sweden. “The reason for this is that it is very important to keep the kids in government-run schools, since this is where you put the foundation for our statist minds. Even the government in Sweden understands that they can’t just use pure force to make the citizens to do what they want –and that is why education is so important to form our kids to be statist to the core.”

Fagerström added that the long-term consequences of Sweden’s approach would not be good, noting that the quality of its government-run schools was getting worse every year. “I am afraid that this trend is accelerating,” he said. “Of course, our goal is to reverse this trend by educating people on the benefits of individual freedom.” That, as he freely admits, will be a long and tough process — especially considering Swedish society’s general apathy on issues of liberty.

 

But people who have had bad experiences with the social services are also speaking out. Daniel Hammarberg, for example, compiled a book called The Madhouse, which details some of the more outrageous and well-known scandals to rock Sweden, such as the Domenic case. “It definitely proves that the state considers children its property, especially when they seize the boy just as they’re about to leave,” he told Crisis. “It also shows that they don’t care about international law and verdicts from the European Court of Human Rights, which state that you can’t remove children just because you feel they’d be better off in another home.”

Asked about why the government pursued the Johansson family with such vigor, he said “a single intact family standing up and protesting might inspire the whole lot of society to follow them. So they have to make sure they get to indoctrinate every single child.” Like many others knowledgeable about the barely disguised “growing totalitarianism,” as Hammarberg put it, he also explained that government agencies are generally very suspicious of religious parents. “There’s a strong anti-religious atmosphere here,” he noted. The Johanssons, of course, call themselves devout Christians — a very rare phenomenon in secular Sweden.

Attorney Mike Donnelly, the director of international affairs for the U.S.-based Home School Legal Defense Association, has been one of the prominent American voices speaking out about the Johansson tragedy and the overall attack on homeschooling and educational liberty in Sweden. “The treatment Domenic Johansson and his family have received from Swedish authorities is deplorable,” he said. “As a government, Sweden should be ashamed. Its policies toward families and particularly homeschoolers are completely at odds with the values acknowledged by western democracies — specifically the right of parents to direct their children’s education.”

Donnelly referred to the nation’s “reprehensible” approach to education as “increasingly totalitarian.” He’s even ranked Sweden at or near the bottom internationally in terms of educational freedom, in the company of ruthless dictatorships like North Korea and communist China. The HSLDA is one of the organizations — along with the Alliance Defense Fund and others — involved in appealing the Johansson case to a European-level court.

The Domenic case and another similar tragedy where a family was ripped apart over homeschooling, combined with Sweden’s upcoming ban on alternative education, has provoked a furor overseas. The last Western country to try to ban home education was Nazi Germany. But even in the Nordic kingdom, where people traditionally have a great deal of trust in authorities, the consequences are beginning to show. Numerous families have already fled, going to places like Canada, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, among others. Many more will emigrate once the prohibition on homeschooling goes into effect this summer. Some are even seeking refugee status to avoid the growing persecution of homeschooling families.

Where the Swedish saga will end remains to be seen. Sweden has made some uneven moves toward liberty. The welfare state has been reduced in size and scope in many areas; just a few decades ago, the government even ran a fast-food chain. Some industries are gradually being privatized, too. But even though the immense tax burden has been declining over the last ten years, there’s still a long way to go. And in terms of religious and educational freedom, the trends are troubling.

Source: http://www.crisismagazine.com/2011/swedens-big-government-utopia-unmasked

In Sweden, a debate over whether gender equality has gone too far

By Nathalie Rothschild | csmonitor.com

 

As gender-neutral policies are promoted more broadly in Sweden’s schools – including the use of a neutral pronoun to refer to boys and girls – some Swedes are pushing back.

Sweden has a longstanding reputation as an egalitarian country with a narrow gender gap. But a national debate about gender equality – particularly as it plays out in schools – has revealed substantial dissatisfaction, with some Swedes feeling it has gone too far.

Rousing controversy now is the issue of gender pedagogy, a concept that emerged in the early 2000s and typically involves challenging gender stereotypes in learning material and in avoiding treating male and female pupils in a stereotypical manner. Proponents believe such a perspective should infuse day-to-day work at schools rather than be taught as a separate subject. But what has sharpened the debate in Sweden has been the argument that schools should also be gender neutral, giving children the opportunity to define themselves as neither male nor female if they wish.

In 2008, the Swedish Department of Education appointed the Delegation for Equality in Schools, which made the issue of gender equality central to the Swedish education system. The government spent 110 million Swedish crowns ($16.3 million) on promoting equality in schools along the lines of school laws that stipulate that teachers must actively counteract gender stereotypes and promote equality.

Yet when the Green Party recently proposed placing gender pedagogues at every preschool in Stockholm, the capital, they were accused of promoting an extremist feminist agenda and told they were not reflecting parents’ interests. And when it emerged that some preschools have banished references to children’s genders, it sparked a national furor, revealing that while most Swedes support gender equality, not all are on board with the idea of gender-neutral child-rearing.

Are gender studies an ’elite’ concept?

Kristina Henkel, a gender expert specializing in equality in schools, disputes the argument that gender pedagogy and neutrality are being foisted on Swedes. “Sweden has a long tradition of working with equality and this has had strong support among politicians,” she says, and adds that “the question of gender neutrality, or of everyone having equal rights despite their gender, has also been driven by activists at the grassroots level.”

But Elise Claeson, a columnist and a former equality expert at the Swedish Confederation of Professions, disagrees. “I have long participated in debates with gender pedagogues and they act like an elite,” she says. “They tend to be well-educated, live in big cities, and have contacts in the media, and they clearly despise traditional people – that is, the … heterosexuals living in nuclear families.”

Ms. Claeson has been a vocal critic of the word “hen,” a new, gender-neutral pronoun that was recently included in the online version of the National Encyclopedia. Around the same time, Sweden’s first gender-neutral children’s book was published. The author, Jesper Lundqvist, uses hen throughout his book, completely avoiding han and hon, the Swedish words for him and her.

Claeson believes that the word hen can be harmful to young children because, she says, it can be confusing for them to receive contradicting messages about their genders in school, at home, and in society at large. “It is important to have your gender confirmed to you as a child. This does not limit children; it makes them confident about their identity…. Children ought to be allowed to mature slowly and naturally. As adults we can choose to expand and change our gender identities.”

But many proponents of gender neutrality believe that freeing children from expectations tied to gender roles, at least in school, gives them more choices. “Children ought to be allowed to be children, but we should not cement them in roles that we carry with us from the past,” says Lotta Rajalin, director of Egalia, a Stockholm preschool which opened in 2010.

Egalia received widespread attention for banishing gendered pronouns and applying for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transexual (LGBT) certification from the Swedish Federation for LGBT Rights. At Egalia, everything from the books the children read to the toys they play with has been carefully selected to avoid stereotypical depictions of gender and relationships. When Egalia students, who are between one and six years old, play house, they are as likely to act out the roles of “mommy, daddy, child” as “daddy, daddy, adopted child.” A key policy at the school is to avoid words like boy and girl. Instead, teachers address the children by their first names or as friends.

Egalia has both been hailed as a milestone in the fight for equality and slammed as a cult-like institution that is brainwashing children and promoting a radical feminist agenda.

Society catching up with the state

Though it may sound eccentric, Egalia’s approach is not really a fringe one. Ms. Rajalin, who is also a director of six other preschools, says that she is only following directives set out by the government. The Swedish national curriculum for preschools, published in 1998, states: “Preschools should counteract traditional gender patterns and gender roles. In preschools, girls and boys should have the same opportunities to test and develop abilities and interests without being limited by stereotypical gender roles.”

Ingrid Lindskog of the Swedish National Agency for Education says that striving for equality should be integral to schooling. “Equality issues should be weaved into the lessons. It should inform how teachers plan their classes, put together groups, and how they react to pupils treating each other badly – if a boy oppresses a girl, for instance, or the other way around,” she says. And it is not just preschools who are obliged to integrate gender awareness into their pedagogy. “All Swedish schools have a responsibility to counteract traditional gender patterns,” says Ms. Lindskog.

Last fall, nearly 200 teachers gathered in Stockholm to discuss how to avoid “traditional gender patterns” in schools. The conference was part of a research project run by the National Agency for Education and supported by the Delegation for Equality in Schools. This approach is now being emulated abroad.

“I work with these issues in Finland and Norway and it is clear to me that they have been inspired by the Swedish preschool – and school curricula,” says Ms. Henkel, the gender expert. “In the United States, something called anti-oppressive pedagogy, which aims for inclusiveness, has been practiced since the 1980s. So these kinds of ideas exist in many countries, but here the state has worked hard to promote Sweden as a role model nation.”

But Henkel also insists that gender equality is a rights issue that cannot simply be left to the state to handle. Instead, she says, it requires the active involvement of citizens. “Rights are not something we receive and then don’t have to fight for. This is about a redistribution of power, and for that initiative and action are needed, not just fancy legislation.”

Source: csmonitor.com

“Gender-Neutral” Pre-School in Sweden Accused of Mind Control

Assange: “Sweden is The Saudi Arabia of Feminism”

Swedish school bans ‘him’ and ‘her’ in bid to stop children falling into gender stereotypes

Swedish military lion gets the snip after women troops protest

Soviet-Swedish Social Services Kidnap and Abuse Domenic Johansson – Why? Home-Schooling!

Outcry over Sweden’s Persecution of Homeschoolers Grows

Assange: “Sweden is The Saudi Arabia of Feminism”

Assange: “Sweden is The Saudi Arabia of Feminism”

Mr Assange said he regarded himself as a victim of Left-wing radicalism. “Sweden is the Saudi Arabia of feminism,” he said. “I fell into a hornets’ nest of revolutionary feminism.”

Mr Assange claimed that one of the women who said she had been sexually assaulted by him took a “trophy photo” of him lying naked in her bed.

He said the woman, identified in court documents as Miss A, 31, had invited him to stay in her empty flat in August when he visited Stockholm to give a lecture. By his account, she returned home early and insisted he sleep in her bed. “We went to bed, and things went on from there.”

She later alleged that although he had reluctantly used a condom at first, he then appeared to have ripped it. Unprotected sex without a partner’s consent can be a crime in Sweden.

A full extradition hearing is due in London on February 7th. The US government is understood to be investigating whether he can be charged with espionage.

Source: telegraph.co.uk

Swedish military lion gets the snip after women troops protest

The proud lion of Sweden’s Nordic Battlegroup’s coat of arms has been emasculated because a group of female soldiers lodged a complaint with the European Court of Justice.

Christian Braunstein, from the Tradition Commission of the Swedish Army, said: “We were forced to cut the lion’s willy off with the aid of a computer.”

Although the army was happy to make the changes in the interests of gender equality, the artist who designed the insignia was less than pleased.

“A heraldic lion is a powerful and stately figure with its genitalia intact and I cannot approve an edited image.

“The army lacks knowledge about heraldry. Once upon a time coats of arms containing lions without genitalia were given to those who betrayed the Crown.” Vladimir Sagerlund told the Göteborgs-Posten.

 

Swedish Lion
The lion rampant and shorn of his equipment

Source: dailymail.co.uk

Swedish school bans ‘him’ and ‘her’ in bid to stop children falling into gender stereotypes

A pre-school in Sweden has decided to stop calling children ‘him’ or ‘her’ in a bid to avoid gender stereotypes.

The Egalia preschool, in the Sodermalm district of Stockholm, has made the decision as part of the country efforts to engineer equality between the sexes from childhood.

As well as the decision to stop using the words, the taxpayer-funded school also carefully plans the colour and placement of toys and the choice of books to assure they do not fall into stereotypes.

Equality for all: Children at the Egalia preschool, in the Sodermalm district of Stockholm, play with neutral toys as part of the school's 'genderless' agendaEquality for all: Children at the Egalia preschool, in the Sodermalm district of Stockholm, play with neutral toys as part of the school’s ‘genderless’ agenda

The school opened last year and is on a mission to break down gender roles – a core mission in the national curriculum for Swedish pre-schools.

The option to implement the rules is underpinned by a theory that society gives boys an unfair edge.

‘Society expects girls to be girlie, nice and pretty and boys to be manly, rough and outgoing,’ says Jenny Johnsson, a 31-year-old teacher. 

‘Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be.’

At the school, boys and girls play together with a toy kitchen, waving plastic utensils and pretending to cook. One boy hides inside the toy stove, his head popping out through a hole.

Director: Lotta Rajalin says the staff try to help the children discover new ideas when they playDirector: Lotta Rajalin says the staff try to help the children discover new ideas when they play

Lego bricks and other building blocks are intentionally placed next to the kitchen, to make sure the children draw no mental barriers between cooking and construction.

Meanwhile, nearly all the children’s books deal with homosexual couples, single parents or adopted children. There are no ‘Snow White,’ ‘Cinderella’ or other fairy tales.

Director Lotta Rajalin notes that Egalia places a special emphasis on fostering an environment tolerant of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. 

Rajalin says the staff also try to help the children discover new ideas when they play.

‘A concrete example could be when they’re playing ‘house’ and the role of the mom already is taken and they start to squabble,’ she says. ‘Then we suggest two moms or three moms and so on.’

Egalia’s methods are controversial, with Rajalin claiming the staff have received threats from racists apparently upset about the preschool’s use of black dolls.

But she says that there’s a long waiting list for admission, and that only one couple has pulled a child out of the school.

Jukka Korpi, 44, says he and his wife chose Egalia ‘to give our children all the possibilities based on who they are and not on their gender.’

Staff at the school try to shed masculine and feminine references from their speech, including the pronouns him or her – ‘han’ or ‘hon’ in Swedish. Instead, they’ve have adopted the genderless ‘hen’.

Making their own decisions: The school carefully plans the colour and placement of toys to assure they do not fall into stereotypesMaking their own decisions: The school carefully plans the colour and placement of toys to assure they do not fall into stereotypes

‘We use the word “Hen” for example when a doctor, police, electrician or plumber or such is coming to the kindergarten,’ Rajalin says. 

‘We don’t know if it’s a he or a she so we just say “Hen is coming around 2pm”; then the children can imagine both a man or a woman. This widens their view.’ 

Jay Belsky, a child psychologist at the University of California, Davis, said he’s not aware of any other school like Egalia, and he questioned whether it was the right way to go. 

‘The kind of things that boys like to do – run around and turn sticks into swords – will soon be disapproved of,’ he said. 

‘So gender neutrality at its worst is emasculating maleness.’

Source: dailymail.co.uk

“Gender-Neutral” Pre-School in Sweden Accused of Mind Control

By Jenny Soffel | independent.co.uk

Egalia’s playground is designed to avoid gender bias

Staff at Swedish kindergarten told not to refer to children as ‘him’ or ‘her’ to avoid stereotyping

At the Egalia pre-school, staff avoid using words such as “him” or “her” and address the 33 youngsters as “friends” rather than girls and boys. From the colour and placement of toys to the choice of books, every detail is planned to make sure the children are not exposed to sexual stereotypes.

The taxpayer-funded pre-school, which opened last year in the liberal Sodermalm district of Stockholm, is among the most radical examples of Sweden’s efforts to engineer equality between the sexes. Breaking down gender roles is a core mission in the national curriculum for pre-schools, underpinned by the theory that even in highly egalitarian-minded Sweden, society gives boys an unfair edge.

Many pre-schools have hired “gender pedagogues” to help staff identify language and behaviour that risk reinforcing stereotypes. Some parents, however, worry that things have gone too far. An obsession with obliterating gender roles, they say, could make the children confused and ill-prepared to face the world outside kindergarten.

“Different gender roles aren’t problematic as long as they are equally valued,” says Tanja Bergkvist, a 37-year-old blogger and a leading voice against what she calls “gender madness” in Sweden. Those bent on shattering gender roles “say there’s a hierarchy where everything that boys do is given higher value, but I wonder who decides that it has higher value,” she says. “Why is there higher value in playing with cars?”

At Egalia – it means “equality” – boys and girls play together with a toy kitchen, waving plastic utensils and pretending to cook. One boy hides inside the toy stove, his head popping out through a hole. Lego bricks are placed next to the kitchen, to make sure the children draw no mental barriers between cooking and building.


Director: Lotta Rajalin says the staff try to help the children discover new ideas when they play

The school’s director, Lotta Rajalin, says Egalia fosters an environment tolerant of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. From a bookcase she pulls out a story about two male giraffes who are sad to be childless until they come across an abandoned crocodile egg. Nearly all the children’s books deal with homosexual couples, single parents or adopted children.

Egalia’s methods are controversial; some say they amount to mind control. Ms Rajalin says the staff have received threats from people apparently upset about the pre-school’s use of black dolls. But she says that there is a long waiting list for admission and only one couple has taken their child out of the school.

Sweden has promoted women’s rights for decades, and more recently was a pioneer in Europe in allowing gay and lesbian couples to legalise their partnerships and adopt children. Gender studies permeate academic life in Sweden. Ms Bergkvist noted on her blog that the state-funded Swedish Science Council had granted £50,000 for a post-doctoral fellowship aimed at analysing “the trumpet as a symbol of gender”.

Jay Belsky, a child psychologist at the University of California, said he is unaware of any other school like Egalia and questioned whether it was the right way to go. “The kind of things that boys like to do – run around and turn sticks into swords – will soon be disapproved of,” he said. “So gender neutrality at its worst is emasculating maleness.”

Source: independent.co.uk

Video from: youtube.com

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

The Easter Weather

Happy Easter everyone! It’s spring time:

Went for a drive in the blizzard!

The weather is something that everyone complains about. It’s hardly one of the distinguishing points that I’d like to place high up my list of “important” issue to address regarding the detrimental things I see about this country …but let me tell you, it certainly is a “force multiplier”.

Going out in a blizzard when it SHOULD be happy Easter bunny spring time doesn’t make things easier! Especially after a long day “together” with crowds of uncourteous, stressed and tense Swedes at the mall, trying to find something of quality among the high priced yet cheaply imported Chinese goods. You get NO service and more annoyingly: shopkeepers can’t answer a SINGLE questions about the products they have in the stores they work in. “Öh, jag vet inte!Ja, eller…”

The weather sucks! I understand why the weather it’s a big reason many Swedes decide to leave the country.

An Australian’s painful observations of Swedishness

You know you’ve been in Sweden too long when…

5. When a stranger on the street smiles at you, you assume:
a: he is drunk
b: he is insane
c: he’s an American

57. Having to book seat numbers at a cinema makes perfect sense. And you sit in your booked seat even if there are only 2 other people there and your seat is in the front row, on the side.

64. You think nothing of paying $50 for a bottle of ‘cheap’ spirits at systembolaget

79. You spend the week’s entertainment budget on a pack of cigarettes and a drink in Gamla Stan.

80. When a stranger asks you a question in the streets, you think it’s normal to just keep walking, saying nothing.

83. You and your friends know exactly the same information, and have the same attitudes and beliefs in the value of Social Democracy.

85. You think that if you smoke a joint you will wind up in an insane asylum. [or become a habitual criminal]

94. You don’t question the concept of ‘telephone time’. It seems reasonable that no business can be conducted on Friday afternoons. [or the entire month of July]

95. You assume that anyone who apologises after bumping into you is a tourist.

96. You feel discomfort if you can’t find the nummerlap machine.

101. Paying $6 for a cup of coffee seems reasonable.

119. You think it entirely reasonable to pay $40 for a five minute chat with the doctor.

121. You think it is normal EVERYTHING is regulated and you obey the rules voluntarily.

124. You accept that you will get parking tickets regularly and stop caring that you have no idea what was wrong with your parking.

144. You will squeeze past somebody rather than say excuse me.

156. You pay the TV-avgift because you think you’re getting your money’s worth watching SVT.

157. You start looking at socialbidrag (welfare) less as an absolutely desperate last resort and more as a way of life.

165. You start believing that good service is overrated.

168. You take two hour naps at work and the idea of losing your job never crosses your mind.

169. You don’t even get surprised when the doctor, not only can’t help you, he/she can’t even diagnose you.

211. You think that the 25kr ICA bonus cheque is generous after spending 2500kr in their shop.

216. It seems normal to you that you’ve been bleeding in the emergency room at the hospital for four and a half hours when the three doctors walk by on their third coffee break since you got there.

236. A 25 % sales tax on just about everything is no big deal.

249. You’ve come to accept that customer service departments don’t do anything to help customers.

250. If you meet someone you haven’t seen in ages you just stay right where you are chatting away even if that happens to be in the doorway of a very busy department store.

255. You don’t find it strange that they add tax on top of the taxes.

276. You no longer feel it’s unbearable inside an over-heated shop wearing full winter gear.

277. You no longer look for toilets marked specifically male or female

278. You remember to buy the weekend grog supply before 5.00pm on Friday

282. You agree to pay 500kr for a basic hair trim.

283. You accept that fruit juice is always made from concentrate.

290. You either run for the last pendeltåg at 1 am or choose to party on until 5 am when they start again rather than endure the horrific night bus home, as a taxi ride would require taking out a 2nd mortgage.

304. Swedes saying Va’ to you is still annoying (even after ten years), not to mention that there is no real word for please, or?

311. You accept that any bureaucratic employee is incapable of a single autonomous thought and that anything, regardless of how ludicrous, is law once committed to paper.

340. Drinking is the fundamental pillar of your social network, be it coffee or alcohol.

346. You automatically try to dress the same as everyone else.

355. And paying $800,000 for a 3 room (living room, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen) house in a suburb of Stockholm seems cheap.

360. When you are terrified of meeting you neighbour in the stairwell.

367. You think is perfectly normal that nobody talks on the bus, train or tunnelbana.

368. You accept that people talk to you only when they are really drunk.

369. You accept that the best answer for a question is always “Jag vet inte” meaning “I don’t know”.

371. You accept the fact that to rent an apartment you have to wait in the queue for 5 years.

406. You’re not surprised anymore when hearing about an old petrol station being turned into a mosque.

All of them here:

http://www.australiansabroad.com/sweden/youknow.html

Sweden as Imperial Rome

I had this poster in my room as a very young boy:

I never knew what it meant or where it came from.

I thought it was strange – but funny and “important” for some reason.

I didn’t know what S.P.Q.R. was.

It wasn’t until many years later that it dawned on me …I was identifying with the one spitting out the milk.

I don’t know if it’s Romulus or Remus, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that you’re the one who has rejected the milk of the wolf.

I view the milk and the teet as meaning being the centralized flow of “nourishment” that they want to make you dependent on. SPQR with its milk of a wolf, the milk of a beast – will poison you. It’s all wrong.

Imperial Rome and Collectivist Christianity might seems as a contradiction at first, but it isn’t if you think about it for a while.

Rome making one out of many. Just like the meaning of the fasces, from where we get the word fascism.

Rome, after all came with the red banner of uniformity. Imposing their mono-culture on every native and diverse culture that existed in the territories that they conquered. Rome had NOTHING, except a brutality that was so foreign to those that they conquered that it was impossible for them to tactically understand, combat and resists it. Nothing from this world could understand it. The reasons were alien, the tactics satanic and the intention demonic.

Sweden is Rome – Rome is Sweden. Europe has certainly carried on the tradition and they took it with them to the United States. It’s the same imperial system. It’s alive and kicking. Rome never fell – it reformed.

It has just just moved from the physical to the metaphysical. From the body to the mind. They have indeed colonized the mind of their subjects. and nowhere is it more evident then in the land of the midnight sun.

“Things to Hate about Sweden”

Have a look at this short list of complaints by an American who’s “Lost in Stockholm”.

They are mundane everyday kind of observations that doesn’t get close to the core of WHY things have turned out this way …but that’s fine. At least the person is EXPRESSING their dissatisfaction! It’s, as usual, done by a foreigner who actually has a frame of reference and has something to compare with. Most of these observations I would argue are very true and consequently should be very depressing for Swedes who still are living in the delusion that Sweden is an “OK” country. Sweden is worse then mediocre, it’s actually really REALLY bad! If you haven’t noticed, you’re not paying close enough attention.

http://lostinstockholm.com/2011/01/25/more-things-to-hate-about-sweden/

Here is another great source that the anthropologists should study: http://amplicate.com/hate/sweden

The reason for the “ALL CAPS” and “anger-of-the-moment-bad-spelling” in most of these posts are very likely due to the poor people stuck in this horrible country who are seriously in need of venting some of their pent-up frustration. I completely understand! A genuine social “side effect” after being in Sweden, even only for a short period of time.

Gas Prices in Sweden

So I just went to put some gas in the car.

IT HURT!

I put 40.35 liters in there. 15.66 Swedish Kronor per liter is the new exclusive price!

It turned out to be 631.88 SEK! A full talk would be 939.6 SEK!

For you lucky Americans, let me do the conversion for you:

If I did a full tank with 60 liters which is 15.85 gallons (not premium gas) I’d have to pay $141.50!!!

Here’s the proof:

Did you know that 60% of that is tax?

Yep 60%

And that doesn’t include the road tax, the car tax, the mandatory Car Inspection (link to pdf) that you must do every year on your vehicle to legally be able to drive it.

Love you Sweden!

Barbara Spectre – “Swedish” Zionist

This is a topic you ABSOLUTELY are not allowed to talk about in Sweden:

 

Barbara Lerner Spectre (born ca. 1942) is a US-born Jewess who is most noted for waging a racial campaign against Swedish people in particular and European people in general through the promotion of Cultural Marxism and demographic genocide. She is a hardline Zionist and supports Jewish-racial chauvinism in occupied-Palestine, and is head of Paideia - The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden, an organisation funded by the Swedish government and the Wallenberg Foundation to promote Jewish ideology. Through an organisation called One Sweden, which she heads, she promotes multiculturalism (cultural Marxism) against Europeans in their own homeland.

Read more: http://en.metapedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Spectre

Swedes are afraid to talk about this topic. IF they even know about it …but most don’t. If you try to rationaly discuss this topic, most people will not have the intellectually capability to process the information. They have no reference point and no understanding of the connotations behind what is being discussed in the video.

I generalize – and there will always be people who break the mold, but I urge you to try it.

If you try to talk to most Swedes, very few can actually ”keep a conversation going” even less “start a conversation”. I’ve tried it many times. It’s like kicking a dead horse or trying to start an engine without spark plugs.

I would say there’s a lack of spark or SPIRIT.

Most “folks” in Sweden who are state and media “educated” (programmed and indoctrinated) through the tax funded socialist media such as SVT & SR WILL go into “auto-pilot” mode when you try to talk about these things. You will not be able to actually communicate with the person you first raised your initial point with. I’ve seen this “switch” taking place in people. This is something that happens in the mind but you can actually see the “switch” in the eyes. The blinders go down! They lights are on … but no one is home.

It’s scary when you can’t speak directly to a human being. I’ve experiences getting a series or “set” of pre-programmed phrases or combinations of words ”fired” at me.

When you try to break down the points you enter into the deep dark forest of irrationality. It’s like they are possessed.

People bodies get “snatched”. The body snatchers take over:

Racist! Nazi!! Anti-Semite!!!

Rational in other words, and no emotional appeal at all.

You will most definitivley get ousted out of “The Hive” if you raise these points. This is a good thing. Not to worry. You’d want to get as far away as you can to develop your own rationality, individuality and maintain your humanity.

Freedom of thought has been under threat for a long time in this country.

The description for the video continues:

Barbara Spectre, who runs a government-funded Jewish study group in Sweden, makes the following remarkable statement—remarkable because she does not attribute anti-Jewish attitudes to irrational prejudices or even Muslims who hate Israel. Instead she says that it’s because of the “leading role” played by Jews in the movement toward multiculturalism.

Barbara Spectre is a US-born Jewess who is waging a racial campaign against Swedish people in particular and European people in general through the promotion of multiculturalism and demographic genocide. She is a hardline Zionist and supports Jewish-racial chauvinism in occupied-Palestine, while at the same time she promotes multiculturalism against Europeans in their own homeland.

Although born in the United States, Spectre colonised Palestine (“Israel”) in 1967 where she worked at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, though she decided to invade Sweden in 1999, which she has been occupying ever since.

The ultimatum faced by Europeans throughout the Western world is to place themselves in a position of enormous vulnerability in which their destinies will be determined by other peoples, many of whom hold deep historically conditioned hatreds toward them. Europeans’ promotion of their own displacement is the ultimate foolishness—an historical mistake of catastrophic proportions.

More

Israel’s non multicultural doubble standard

Imagine if we instead said the following towards the racist state of Israel:

I think there is a resurgence of racism against black people because at this point in time
Israel has not yet learned how to be multicultural. And I think Africans are going to be
part of the throes of that transformation, which must take place. Israel is not going to
be the monolithic society they once were in the last century. Africans are going to be at
the center of that. It’s a huge transformation for Israel to make. Israel is not going to be
the monolithic place it once was, they are now going into a multicultural mode and
black Africans will be resented because of our leading role. But without that leading role
and without that transformation, Israel will not survive.

Yeah… that’s right. Let’s examine how the jews in Israel treat blacks:

Here is more:

Israel’s Disgustingly Racist Behavior Towards Ethiopian Jews

The government had previously denied the practice but the Israeli Health Ministry’s director-general has now ordered gynaecologists to stop administering the drugs. According a report in Haaretz, suspicions were first raised by an investigative journalist, Gal Gabbay, who interviewed more than 30 women from Ethiopia in an attempt to discover why birth rates in the community had fallen dramatically.

One of the Ethiopian women who was interviewed is quoted as saying: “They [medical staff] told us they are inoculations. We took it every three months. We said we didn’t want to.” It is alleged that some of the women were forced or coerced to take the drug while in transit camps in Ethiopia.

The drug in question is thought to be Depo-Provera, which is injected every three months and is considered to be a highly effective, long-lasting contraceptive.

Nearly 100,000 Ethiopian Jews have moved to Israel under the Law of Return since the 1980s, but their Jewishness has been questioned by some rabbis. Last year, the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who also holds the health portfolio, warned that illegal immigrants from Africa “threaten our existence as a Jewish and democratic state”.

From: thedailybanter.com

So why does jews in Sweden working so hard to make Europe multicultural, when they can not even handle it themselves in their own backyard?

The Million Programme – This is What Happens When Government Takes Care of “Housing”

A Warm welcome to Sweden!

The Million Programme (SwedishMiljonprogrammet) is the common name for an ambitious housing programme implemented in Sweden between 1965 and 1974 by the governing Swedish Social Democratic Party to make sure everyone could have a home at a reasonable price. The aim of the programme was to build a million new dwellings in a 10-year period (hence the project’s name). At the same time, a large proportion of the older unmodernised housing stock was demolished.

In the end, about 1,006,000 new dwellings were built. The net result was an increase in Sweden’s housing stock of 650,000 new apartments and houses, with a general rise in quality, arguably at the expense of aesthetics. (ARGUABLY!?!?!??)

The new Million Programme residential areas were greatly inspired by early suburban neighbourhoods such as Vällingby and Årsta. One of the main aims behind the planning of these residential areas was to create “good democratic citizens“. The means of achieving this were to build at high quality with a good range of services including schools, nurseries, churches, public spaces, libraries, and meeting places for different groups of households. A principal aim, although ultimately unsuccessful, was to mix and integrate different groups of households through the spatial mixing of tenures. Most of the apartments were of the “standard three room apartment” type (Swedish: normaltrea) of 75 m², planned for a model family of two adults and two children.

The centralized planning committee of the Socialist dictatorships have determined that THIS is how you produce a “GOOD DEMOCRATIC CITIZENS“. Let them live in these:

I weep for Swedes who has lived and died in these inhuman conditions.

Did I mention suicide rates in any of my posts yet?

Many of these building are now undergoing intense renovation. It’s a shame, they should be nuked!

Folkhemmet

I cringe!

Folkhemmet (English: the people’s home) is a political concept that played an important role in the history of the Swedish Social Democratic Party and theSwedishwelfare state. It is also sometimes used to refer to the long period between 1932-76 when the Social democrats were in power and the concept was put into practice. Sometimes referred to as “the Swedish Middle Way”, folkhemmet was viewed as midway between capitalism and socialism. The base of the Folkhem vision is that the entire society ought to be like a small family, where everybody contributes. The Swedish Social Democrats’ successes in the postwar period is often explained by the fact that the party managed to motivate major social reforms with the idea of ​​the folkhemmet and the national family’s joint endeavor.
The term is thought to have its roots in Rudolf Kjellén‘s vision of a corporatist-styled society based on class collaboration in the national interest, largely based onOtto von Bismarck‘s juxtaposing of conservative stability and continuity to social reforms otherwise associated with socialist parties, such as universal healthcare and unemployment benefits.
The Social Democratic leaders Ernst Wigforss, an avid keynesian and Per Albin Hansson, a social corporatist are considered the main architects of theFolkhemmet, the inspiration from conservative Kjellén. It was later developed by the Prime Ministers Tage Erlander and Olof Palme until the Social Democratic party historically lost power in 1976. Another important proponent was Hjalmar Branting, who came into contact with the concept while a student at Uppsalauniversity, and went on to become the first socialist Prime Minister of Sweden.
More of the nightmare: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folkhemmet
Suicide rates in Sweden is HIGH!
I wonder why?

“Folkhemmet” – Sweden’s Fascism in slow motion

Excerpts from John J. Ray

The dominant political party in Sweden since 1932 on has been the Social Democratic Party. The program and policy of the Social Democrats centred around transforming Sweden into a folkhemmet (A home for the people). This became the dominant Swedish concept of Sweden in 1932 with the accession to power of the Social Democrats but was well in evidence before that. The concept is usually traced to a book, The State as a Live Form ( Staten som livsform ), written by Rudolf Kjellen in 1910.

Folkhemmet is probably best translated as “a home for the Swedish people”. And this idea of what Sweden should be was what the Swedish Social Democratic Party preached. The concept is the core of the “Swedish model” and what it brought about was essentially just another version of the characteristic Fascist “corporate” or “collectivist” State. So, like Fascism generally, the Swedish model was seen as a Third Way between Communism and Capitalism.

The Swedish corporate State really got going only in 1938, however, with the Saltsjobaden Agreement between the unions and the employers. This agreement outlawed strikes and created a central wage-fixing system for the whole country.

And Sweden has been essentially a socialist one-party State since 1932, with the socialists being out of power for brief interludes only. But what exactly the folkhemmet should consist of evolved and developed only very slowly and gradually. Change in Sweden is glacial even in the hands of Leftists so the fundamentally paternalist folkhemmet took many years to develop a sweeping dominance of Swedish life. Bit by bit taxes were raised, business was regulated and taken over and welfare programs were expanded. It was not in fact until the early 1990s that the whole edifice came crashing down. So the concept of a fatherly government was there from the beginning, the one-party State was there and a quiet conviction of Swedish superiority and unique wisdom was also there.

Like all Fascist ideologies, however, folkhemmet had its own unique national character. Sweden experienced nothing remotely like the huge interwar disruptions that took place in Germany and Italy — for the excellent reason that Sweden stayed out of WW1. So Swedish nationalism was much calmer and less excitable. Which led to it being neither strident nor expansionist. Swedes felt perfectly comfortable with the burgeoning wealth being produced by their own country and so felt no need for foreign adventures or huge and sudden changes.

The Swedish Social Democratic party was founded on its popularity and was achieved by constitutional rather than revolutionary means.

So the Swedish folkhemmet State was welfarist, nationalist, paternalist and essentially all-powerful. Because it used its power very sparingly and cautiously, however, and respected civil liberties, it was undoubtedly the mildest of the Fascist States. Fascism varied greatly from country to country (to take a rather striking example, Sir Oswald Mosley initially used to expel from the British Union of Fascists anyone who made antisemitic remarks!) and the distinguishing feature of the Swedish version was undoubtedly that it was the least authoritarian. And after the war the Swedish Social Democrats did as all Leftists did and abandoned overt nationalism.

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.

Leftists who advocate high taxes and pervasive welfare need to be told that the country that went furthest in that direction hit a rock years ago and has been paddling in reverse ever since.

There is an assumption that the welfare states of Scandinavia were high-tax regimes which tried to redistribute wealth from rich businessmen to the average person. This is not the case at all. On the whole the Scandinavian systems are not meant to be redistributive states. Nor are businessmen the targets. Business is relatively lightly taxed compared to many developed nations. It is not the earnings of businesses that the bureaucrats want to control but people. (Comment: This point might be true for BIG corporations that are running the country together with the government (Revolving door business/politics – the same people on the board of a large company take turns to sit in government positions). Small individual business owners are taxed in to oblivion, unable to employ and survive for the most part. Privateers are unwanted in Sweden. They want you working for BIG companies. Entrepreneurship is pretty much non existent in Sweden. As long as you are dependent sucking of the corporate-fashist-government teet, it’s ok.)

The Swedish welfare state, in particular, was designed so that the average individual was highly taxed. There was even the well-known case of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, of Pippi Longstocking fame, who discovered that her tax bill was 102% of her earnings. Consumers are highly taxed, while business itself is not so highly taxed.

The reason for this is simple. Taxation is a means of control. The object of control in the Swedish system is not business, they produce the golden eggs after all. The object of control is the individual. The Swedish system doesn’t so much redistribute your wealth but confiscate it and return it to you provided you spend it in ways approved of by the political elite.

Consider how this system works. Say you are taxed $100 on earnings of $150. The state may now say that can have $20 back in education vouchers for your children, $30 in health “benefits” and so on. If you choose to spend in other ways you will not receive the money back. In essence the Swedish system was created to take control of the individual Swedish consumer, not redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor. While some redistribution is inevitable that is not the reason why the system was created.

Swedish business is more lightly taxed because the government wants business to provide jobs for workers. Once the workers are employed the state can tax them and control their spending. Approved spending is subsidized with the tax money that consumers pay in, unapproved spending is not subsidized or may be heavily taxed. This system of coercive incentives is meant to regulate how people act.

While many in the world think that the “third way” of Sweden was a “socialistic” policy of helping the needy, the reality is closer to a “fascistic” policy of manipulating the consumers into behaving in ways that politicians want.

Outcry over Sweden’s Persecution of Homeschoolers Grows

By Alex Newman | thenewamerican.com

As homeschooling families continue to flee Sweden in the face of escalating persecution, the global outcry over the controversial Swedish policies is growing louder. More than a few critics and reporters have even blasted the government’s actions and behavior as reminiscent of the former Soviet Union.

In recent days, a senior U.S. lawmaker and popular televangelist Pat Robertson have spoken about the situation as well. And Jews around the world are concerned about the fate of a Jewish homeschooling family being targeted in Sweden, too.

The Swedish government was already facing worldwide criticism from human rights groups for what opponents called its “kidnapping” of Domenic Johansson. The then-7-year-old homeschooler was abducted from an airplane bound for India by police after his parents refused to stop educating him at home — and that was in June of 2009, while homeschooling was still technically legal. The boy remains in state custody, completely isolated from his parents.

The ongoing tragedy drew prompt condemnation from around the world. Organizations like the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), Advocates International, the Network for Freedom in Education, the Nordic Committee for Human Rights, and many more all got involved. Media outlets from every corner of the globe picked up the story, too, shattering Sweden’s image as a “social utopia.”

And now, the pressure just got turned up another notch. After a tear-jerking report about the Johansson family’s plight by the Christian Broadcasting Network, popular television evangelist Pat Robertson — an American media icon with incalculable global influence — offered his comments: “It’s so amazing — this family was leaving,” he said. “They were on an airplane — on an airplane leaving — so what do the Swedes care whether they were homeschooling their kid? They were leaving the country!”

And the tragedy is a consequence of overbearing government, he warned. “This is what socialism does. This is what the Big Brother does. And they never want to admit a mistake. That’s what happened here,” Robertson said during a segment of The 700 Club, an enormously influential Christian TV program aired throughout the U.S. and around the world. The show reaches hundreds of millions of people in more than a dozen nations every year.

“They made a mistake and they won’t admit it, so this poor child is being destroyed — the family is being ruined — because of a bureaucratic mistake,” Robertson continued, calling the tragedy “unbelievable.” “It breaks your heart. That’s why we have got to fight for your freedom. Fight for your freedom here in America — don’t give up your liberties.”

Robertson’s co-host, Kristi Watts, agreed. “My heart is just on the floor right now,” she said, asking parents around the world to pray for the family and the little boy.

Before Pat Robertson and CBN’s most recent segment on the Johansson family, Fox News personality Judge Andrew Napolitano exposed the tragedy on Freedom Watch as well. And as time goes by, pressure on the Swedish government is intensifying. But it is not just the Johansson family that has been targeted.

In 2010, Sweden’s Parliament passed a draconian law essentially banning homeschooling while forcing all schools to teach the highly controversial government curriculum. The measure officially made Sweden the first Western nation since Nazi Germany to prohibit home education.

Homeschoolers in the Scandinavian nation, terrified of what might happen after the Johansson saga, began to flee. Families moved to Canada, the Czech Republic, various Nordic nations — all of which allow home education — and other nations. So far, however, despite the persecution, no homeschooled children in Sweden have been enrolled long-term in government schools.

After the controversial law went into effect last year, Jonas Himmelstrand, the president of the Swedish Association for Home Education (ROHUS), decided to stay and fight — at least until the persecution campaign intensified. But enormous fines and threats from the social services finally forced him to seek asylum with his family in neighboring Finland, where he now lives in the same area as other Swedish homeschooling exiles.

And the world has taken notice. Most recently, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) sent a letter to the Swedish Ambassador to the United States, Jonas Hafström, inquiring about the Himmelstrands. According to reports, Sen. Blunt wanted to know why they were forced to flee from their homeland.

The response from Ambassador Hafström has human rights advocates very concerned about the situation. “Sweden believes in defending the rights of the child, and as a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Sweden offers strong legal protection to the rights of children,” Hafström claimed in the letter.

Analysts seized on the comment to re-emphasize the potential dangers of the highly controversial UN CRC treaty, which the U.S. government has not ratified. However, others have noted that multiple UN and EU treaties specifically permit homeschooling, thereby rendering the Ambassador’s response bizarre, according to critics.

“Parents have a prior right to determine the form and content of their children’s education,” explained HSLDA Chairman Mike Farris, who also leads the group ParentalRights.org. “In … Sweden, we see a one-size-fits-all approach to education that seeks to restrict, if not deny, a parent’s ability to teach what they believe.”

The Swedish government, apparently, does not see it that way. “All children in Sweden have the right to education on the same terms and high quality instruction, and we find that compulsory schooling is a way to guarantee that this right is fulfilled for all children. Under Swedish law, school instruction must be comprehensive and objective,” Ambassador Hafström’s response continued, misusing the term “rights” to refer to state mandates instead. “The government does not find that homeschooling is necessary for religious or philosophical reasons.”

But along with Christians, atheists, and others, Jews in Sweden and around the world disagree. In the Swedish city of Gothenburg, authorities are attempting to force a respected Jewish family — using official threats and intimidation — to violate their values by sending their remaining school-age children to government school.

Out of 11 children, four are still young enough to be subject to the government edict, though they have been educated successfully outside of the Swedish system by their parents and through a Jewish distance-learning program. The family’s older children — most of whom were also taught at home — were all educated to a much higher standard than their Swedish peers.

“This is a stain on the reputation of a country that takes pride in equality as a fundamental value,” said Rabbi Alexander Namdar, a representative of the Chassidic movement to Sweden for over two decades. The family’s attorney told reporters that the case would be a critical test of Sweden’s religious freedom, and the government’s threats have already created a firestorm of controversy.

Homeschooling families and human rights advocates around the world have been engaged in a massive letter-writing campaign asking Swedish authorities to respect international treaties and individual rights. Other outraged activists have even called for a boycott of Swedish goods. Some are simply praying. But across the globe, pressure is mounting and will almost certainly continue to build.

Source: http://thenewamerican.com/world-mainmenu-26/europe-mainmenu-35/11283-outcry-over-swedens-persecution-of-homeschoolers-grows