Last Sunday Swedish voters went to the polls to cast their ballots in parliamentary elections, which occur once every four years. The results removed the “center-right” coalition (not really conservative by any standard except the Swedish one) from power, and a socialist coalition government is expected to be formed.
The big news of the election, however, was that the Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna) received almost 13% of the vote. SD goes against the dominant ideology, criticizing mass immigration and Islamization.
13% doesn’t sound like much. In fact, a leading socialist politician recommends that people write “87” on their palms to indicate they are not part of the repugnant “racist” and “xenophobic” minority that supported Sverigedemokraterna.
However, the results are more significant than mere numbers would indicate…
There is no real secret ballot in Sweden. When a voter arrives at a polling place, he has to select the color-coded card for his preferred party from a rack. That rack is on prominent public display, so that anyone nearby can see which party he is voting for. This is a very effective (and illiberal) method, especially in a small community, of enforcing the established consensus.
Thus, anyone who voted for SD was aware that the whole community would know for whom he voted. Given the intense demonization of SD before the election — everything the establishment could do short of outlawing the party — and given the oppressive culture of consensus in Sweden, the fact that one in eight Swedes was willing to suck in his gut, stick out his chest, and publicly declare his support for Sverigedemokraterna is nothing short of astonishing.
Unfortunately, Sweden is headed for something resembling civil war, regardless of the results of this election. It’s too late to avoid that. But in this case Jantelagen failed, which makes it an historic moment.
The lines in the coming war are now being clearly drawn.