sometimes tumblr’s US-centric social justice makes me so fucking frustrated. Right now sweden’s third biggest party are literally neo-nazis and our elections couldn’t even get onto trending tags today, goddamit.
Okay, so the post is gaining notes and people are confused, so to explain what the hell is going on:
Swedish elections held were on last Sunday, 14th September. We’ve had a right-leaning government the past eight years and after this there will be a change of power. The new party, Socialdemocrats (S) gained a total of 31% percent. The old party, Moderaterna (M) gained 21%.
Sverigedemokraterna (SD) gained a total of 12.9%. Their policy is racist, Islamophobic, anti-immigration, anti-refugee, anti-diversity, anti-LGBT+, and anti-feminist. Basically, they tick every box on the douchebag lottery.
If you’re here to argue that they’re ~not actually~ Nazis: 1) Fuck you. 2) Fuck the horse the you rode in on. 3) I hope you get stepped on by a moose, you ignorant asswipe.
- they literally started as neo nazis. They have used a Neo-Nazi movement as campaign slogans,
- party members have assaulted immigrants with iron pipes (tw for racialised violence),
- worn Nazi symbols
- supported and helped build Neo-Nazi group SvP.
There’s probably more, but I don’t have links on hand.
They’ve been having rallies and demonstrations all over Sweden, and people have shown up just to turn their back on them and protest (this post explains it better).
In the 2010 elections, SD were pretty much considered no better than neo-Nazis and only got 5.7% votes - it put them in 6th place and was just enough to get them into parliament. In the elections before that, they got about 2.9%. In the past four years, they’ve grown exponentially in Sweden.
They’ve also run extremely extensive PR campaigns, appealing to the youth, kicking out members “exposed” of being racist, (note: these members often end up in SvP) and picking up buzzwords from the Socialdemocrats’ ideology.
29% of votes they gained this year were from swing voters who previously voted M, and the biggest gain have been in the south, in small towns and the countryside:
This is not something that’s just going on in Sweden. Europe has seen an influx of extreme-right parties over the last decade or so, often thinly disguised as a party that puts ‘traditional values’ and ‘national interest’ first.
In Greece and Hungary they’ve already been in power. In Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Finland France and UK, extreme-right-wing parties have been voted into the EU.
Because here’s the thing: we’ve forgotten what it looks like. We’ve gotten to the point where we’ve turned Nazism into a cartoonish lampoon of goose-stepping, uniforms and moral lessons that “we’ll never be like them~”, ignoring the fact nationalism is not as cut-and-dry two ends of an extreme but exists on a scale.
People have been apologising for SD’s actions for a while now because they’re not considered “extremist enough” to be neo-Nazis, because they don’t share the same beliefs, because they’ve “publicly denounced” SvP.
But the same people still get hurt. Still SD has the institutional and systematic power and privilege to oppress, degrade and humiliate people of colour, which they already have done. Stop making excuses for them. Stop making leeways for right-wing-extremists because that is how they gain tract.
Please spread this.
Yeah, this shit is all over the Nordic countries. Whether it’s the Sverigedemokraterna in Sweden, or the Perussuomalaiset (PS) in Finland or whatever, the rise of xenophobic populist parties in the past five to ten years in the Nordic countries and elsewhere in Europe is genuinely scary. People like to pretend that incidents such as the terrorist attacks in Oslo were somehow an isolated event performed by a lone madman who just didn’t get laid enough, instead of facing the fact that things like that stem from a much more widespread social and cultural atmosphere of nationalist agitation and normalisation of xenophobia.
And the scariest thing is, I don’t see this situation abating. Everything in the public political discourse suggests that the power of the nationalist right-wing parties is just going to get stronger and stronger in the coming years. They’ve managed to brand themselves as “the voice of the working man” in contrast to the urban upper-middleclass who are painted as the well-to-do socialites sitting in their ivory tower. This makes them appealing to people who identify as the “common man” - and who wouldn’t like to identify as such, especially at a time of economic crisis such as the one we’re going through? In a word, they’re very charismatic at a time when citizens perceive the politicians as increasingly distant from their own everyday lives. What’s more, their economics (I’m now speaking of PS but I’m pretty sure the same applies for SD and other such parties as well) is still very leftist which appeals to the rural North which has typically been very socialist; hell, it would probably even appeal to me if the rest of their ideology wasn’t so shit. They’ve managed to appropriate social justice discourse and as such made it impossible to outright call them racist or neo-nazis because then they’ll cry about how they’re being oppressed by hate speech and slurs and how you’re hurting their ~feelings~. Which is actually a pretty clever technique because by the time you’ve deconstructed their arguments to show that they really are racist assholes, people have already lost their patience in listening because the attention span of media is shorter than that of a squirrel on crack. And also you’ve alienated everybody who’s been swayed by their rhetoric because nobody wants to admit that they’re associating with something negative. Nobody wants to see themselves as a bad person. Their defenses immediately go up when they hear the word ‘racist’ because they know that it has negative connotations. They know that a racist is a bad person. But a word like ‘immigration critical’? Ah, now that’s another thing entirely! That sounds much nicer! We’re not racist, we’re just immigration critical! We’re the voice of reason here against this uncontrolled and thoughtless onslaught of diversity, dude! We’re not reacting to things with irrational prejudice, we’re merely looking at things critically!
As a consequence, none of the older parties want to place themselves directly opposed to the nationalist populists because they’re very aware of the fact that the nationalist parties have populist appeal and they don’t want to alienate a potentially large voter base. So even the older parties are starting to lean toward the nationalists or at least staying strategically silent. The media are giving them undue attention because, let’s face it, whether it’s because the audience agrees with the populists or because they want to hear what stupid shit they’ve said now, they sell. Because of their charismatic common man persona, they’re portrayed as good ol’ Uncle Bob who’s just voicing what everyone is supposedly already thinking: they’re the honest, hard-working citizen who isn’t afraid to say what he thinks without hiding behind political jargon, gendered pronoun very much intended. And so it goes. Their attitudes are normalised and if you speak against them, you’re an elitist or a do-goodie hippie.
I’m sorry, I seem to have gone off on a rant. But seriously, peeps: this is scary shit happening here and it makes me so mad.
All hail the queen! You do not even know how deep my love for hairless cats goes <3
All help and generosity is appreciated :) You all are the best.
Audrey Benjaminsen 2014
The Real Hog Wash | by Cr1TiKaLI laughed until I cried watching this
Just started watching and reading One Piece, WHAT A SHAME that I didn’t do so earlier.
Luffy is just precious ;;; ;