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The Swedish Welfare State Is on Fire.

Written by Gary North on May 27, 2013

Stockholm’s rioting goes on, night after night. The police seem powerless to stop this.

Immigrant youths are in the streets, burning cars that belong to immigrant adults.

Certainly, wandering around Husby last week, it was hard at first glance to see quite what the problem was. Built in the 1970s as part of the “Million Programme” that aimed to give affordable housing for all Swedes, the estate is one of dozens on Stockholm’s outskirts that now house mainly immigrant populations, including large numbers from Somalia, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Iraq.

It turns out that open immigration, a generation of state handouts to immigrants, and tolerance greater than any in Western Europe has not work as planned. Surprise, surprise!

Two decades on, though, “white flight” has left only one in five of Husby’s flats occupied by ethnic Swedes, and many of their immigrant replacements do not seem to share his view that a new life in Sweden is a dream come true. Last week, the neighbourhood erupted into rioting, sparking some of the fiercest urban unrest that Sweden has seen in decades, and a new debate about the success of racial integration.

“In the old days, the neighbourhood was more Swedish and life felt like a dream, but now there are just too many foreigners, and a new generation that has grown up here with just their own culture,” he said, gesturing towards the hooded youths milling around in Husby’s pedestrianised shopping precinct.

“Also, in Sweden you cannot hit your children to discipline them, and this is a problem for foreign parents. The kids can feel they can cause whatever trouble they want, and the police don’t even arrest any of them most of the time.”

Liberalism is coming home to roost in Europe’s model welfare state.

The disturbances erupted in Husby last weekend, after police shot dead an elderly man brandishing a machete inside his house. Angered at what they saw as police heavyhandedness, youths torched cars and buildings and stoned police and firefighters. Police were then forced to draft in extra manpower from outside Stockholm as the trouble spread to other immigrant-dominated suburbs of the capital and towns such as Orebro in central Sweden, where 25 masked youths set fire to a school on Friday night.

So, they burned down a state-funded school. This is the equivalent of sacrilege in statist Western Europe: worse than burning down a church.

What caused this? Liberals know. “Meanwhile politicians from the Swedish Left, which has ruled the country for most of the post-war period, blamed the trouble on social spending cuts introduced by Mr Reinfeldt, whose Moderate Party vowed to trim — though not slash — the welfare budget when he took office in 2006.”

That’s right. Sweden needs more wealth redistribution, more taxation, more handouts. That will fix it!

Certainly, claims of racism upset many Swedes, who have little colonial history, and whose decision to admit large numbers of Third World migrants from the 1980s onwards was born of no particular political obligation, more just a very Swedish sense of humanitarian duty to the wider world. From the very start, the government also sought to avoid creating a German-style “guest worker” class by promoting immigrants’ rights and introducing a plethora of programmes to promote racial integratkion.

Yet despite Swedish language education being offered free to all long-term immigrants, ghettos of foreigners have flourished in recent years.

No kidding! Will wonders never cease?

“We have tried harder than any other European country to integrate, spending billions on a welfare system that is designed to help jobless immigrants and guarantee them a good quality of life,” said Marc Abramsson, leader of the National Democrats Party. “Yet we have areas where there are ethnic groups that just don’t identify with Swedish society. They see the police and even the fire brigade as part of the state, and they attack them. We have tried everything, anything, to improve things, but it hasn’t worked. It’s not about racism, it’s just that multi-culturalism doesn’t recognise how humans actually function.”

Swedes ask: “But where is the gratitude?” Swedes are silly.

Still, some of Husby’s younger generation argue that it is unreasonable of Swedes to expect them to be perennially “grateful” for taking them in, even from the dire circumstances in their homelands.

Among them is local youth worker Rami al Khamisi, 25, whose family escaped to Sweden from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq back in 1994, smuggling themselves first through Turkey and Russia and then across the Baltic in a fishing boat commandeered by a people smuggler. “I was six years old and the boat was packed with about 60 people,” he said. “An old man died, and they threw him in the water because his body was smelling a lot.”

That, though, he says, is his only real memory of the hardships of his early life, and as such, he finds it hard to be as thankful as his parents still are to his adopted homeland. “They compare it to Baghdad or Somalia,” he said. “But we younger immigrants only really know Sweden, and we just compare our situation to the one around us.”

And then they torch cars in their own neighborhoods.

This is envy in action. It is resentment against visible signs of success. It cannot be placated. The very fact that the welfare state liberals offer to buy it off with more welfare breeds resentment. The fact that white Swedes have money to use to buy off the rioters enrages the rioters even more.

White Europeans no longer reproduce at replacement rates. The future of Europe is in the immigrants’ ghettos.

As Dr. Phil asks, “How’s that working out?”

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21 thoughts on “The Swedish Welfare State Is on Fire.

  1. Starbrander says:

    Remove All Stains From Civilized Countries…..Let Them Destroy Their Countries, Kill Themselves Off……Look At America's Inner Cities, The Failed Liberal Agenda Has Destroyed Detroit, Chicago Is Murder City And California Is Falling Off The Financial Landscape

  2. 2WarAbnVet says:

    We're seeing a preview of America's future, and you can bet our leadership will hasten it to make it happen instead of working to prevent it

  3. gavinwca says:

    These. Ungrateful bafoones all they ever think about is screaming discrimination or racism. The real problem is they are a lazy, useless bunch of heathens who realize that all they have to do is yell racism and the ignorant . Liberal white man will give them more goodies, with them having to do anything for it includeing acting civilized . a foreign concept to them.

  4. vincent says:

    Malmo is a city that is becoming a Muslim enclave, and Swedish cops stay away from certain neighborhoods. And the article fails to mention the violence, especially the gang rape epidemic by ‘immigrant’ gangs from North Africa and Asia. Ask Jewish residents about the rise in assaults and vandalism.

  5. MetaCynic says:

    Swedish liberals are suffering from the Stockholm Syndrome.

  6. Tionico says:

    and as our "leaders" press for a similar immigration policy here, we are but a decade or two off from this playbook being made reality here. Yet the band plays on, trying to convince us "amnesty" and mulitculturalism are the answer. Can't they look to Paris,the UK, and now Stockholm and see where that tune leads us?

  7. For any heterogeneous population, the expansion of a "welfare class" is logically inseparable from the entrenchment of an aristocracy.

    Therefore somebody is benefitting greatly by the mass importation of these foreign, violence-prone dreck.

    Once you figure out who that somebody is and how they operate, then you might have a shot at stopping them before they consume you and yours.

    Your choice.

  8. Clinical insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting a different result each time.

  9. –“Also, in Sweden you cannot hit your children to discipline them, and this is a problem for foreign parents. The kids can feel they can cause whatever trouble they want, and the police don’t even arrest any of them most of the time.” —

    This is an important point but, I believe, most will not notice: The fact that the Welfare state is designed to undermine the human institutions that keep individuals together in a society, which are family and trade. It would be easy to blame immigrants or immigration for what ails the Swedish people, without taking into consideration that the state itself is the one that perpetrates these divisions and even foments them, with the purpose of keeping people from building on or again these same institutions. The state thrives upon these divisions, which is why it maintains it own set of institutions designed precisely to pernanently keep people divided and suspicious of each other.

    So don't blame immigration for these problems; better to place the blame squarely on the correct culprit, which is the state.

  10. Patricia says:

    Liberals in America can see with their own eyes but refuse to understand. I guess it's a case of visual and mental stupidity. Obama is dumber than dirt but the Liberals continue to see me as a Black Jesus. We are destined to go the way of Sweden if we don't cut off the head of the snake and bring America back to its conservative roots.

  11. Patricia says:

    Correction: see HIM as a Black Jesus.

    • Seymour Kleerly says:

      FYI. Jesus was more black than white. Also, since you're so race conscious, "Conservative roots" would have the Blacks enslaved!

  12. Simon Jester says:

    Coming soon to a city near you!

  13. redpens says:

    No surprise. The end result of full blown liberalism is on display in Sweden. This is our future unless we take back our country

  14. Corsica says:

    Don't the Swedes have tear gas and rubber bullets? Where are the adult muslims that should be controlling these darling little bastards? That's very telling. If this slime tried that in their own countries they'd be justifiably slaughtered. This is why they live under the gun in those countries. The Swedes need to go "Viking" on the sh*t immigrants' asses.

  15. ramesaz says:

    When will the world realize that it cannot be integrated into a one world society. Every country has its own culture and none want to give it up no matter where they live. The English have been at war with Germany for 600 years. The fact that the European Union is failing proves the concept that multi-culturalism does not work. Immigration must be controlled and managed even to the extent that people are screened as to their ultimate reason why they wish to immigrate to another country. They must be willing to accept and adopt their new countries culture, become citizens of that country and renounce their allegiance to their mother country. This is how America became great in its initial growth. Every country that has adopted liberalized integration is failing, resulting in riots, terrorist activities and reducing the quality of life. Wake up world before it is too late.

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