Fredrik Reinfeldt is a former prime minister of Sweden. He is also the former leader of Moderaterna, the Moderate Party. In the article below, all instances of the word “Moderate” refer to the party. It is considered a “center-right” party, despite being all but indistinguishable from the Social Democrats in its policies. Thus there is no major alternative to big-state globalist socialism in Sweden except for the Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna), who will never be allowed to form a government.
I remember when Mr. Reinfeldt became prime minister back in 2006, “moderate” conservative journalists in the USA — think of them as the RINOphiles of the media establishment — celebrated, because the Moderates weren’t officially described as socialists, and were considered to be on the right. When you read the piece below, you’ll understand what a hoot that idea was.
Many thanks to LN for translating this article from Fria Tider:
Reinfeldt: It’s wrong to put one’s own country first
Former Prime Minister and Moderate Leader Fredrik Reinfeldt was invited to this year’s Moderate Party Conference to give a hostile speech. He warned of Donald Trump’s nationalist “world power order”.
During the Moderates’ ongoing party conference in Västerås, the former Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt was invited to speak.
Reinfeldt, who in recent years became a multimillionaire outside of politics, continued in the same vein as the infamous “open your hearts” speech from 2014, which paved the way for the great wave of asylum-seeking in 2015.
In his speech at the Party Conference, he focused on the American election next year, about which he will write a new book.
Reinfeldt warned of Donald Trump’s nationalism and the new “world order” that the US president is said to stand for. The world should be globalist, believes the former Moderate leader.
According to Reinfeldt, Donald Trump has done what communists and other opponents for decades have been trying to do.
“He has dismantled US rule over the world. Instead, we see the establishment of a new world power regime. And that is something we should react against; after all, a world power order is all about the conditions for human life where we are. That’s why this election matters,” Fredrik Reinfeldt said during the conference.
“Will it continue for four more years with a dismantling of the world order that — not least — this party has struggled to maintain?” he continued his speculations.
Reinfeldt argued that the “global answers” are needed because so-called climate policy cannot be resolved through nationalism.
“It is therefore necessary that world trade not be about putting one’s country first and by ordering protectionism in the flow of trade. Just remember what it challenges.”
According to Fredrik Reinfeldt, the world becomes wealthy when trade is open and free, not through trade carried out with the help of “threats”.
The former top politician claimed that Donald Trump’s views on trade prevailed 250 years ago. He then referred to the Scottish economist and the “father of liberalism” Adam Smith while the M[oderate] crowd applauded his speech.
“He [Trump] is trying to teach us that in our time the answer is one-eyed nationalism, to put one’s own country first. And it has spread all over the world; he is not alone in this approach. Just remember what it challenges.”
“If it is about one-eyed nationalism and putting the nation first, then the idea that arose after the Second World War is being challenged: that the most important and finest in the world are not nations but people, individuals,” Fredrik Reinfeldt continued, pointing out that the “wise” decision of individuals is the most important thing that exists on earth.
Reinfeldt also explained that it is wrong to say that the individual is not worth more than the nation, the “people” it would be part of. Such national views should be combated, the former prime minister believes. The idea of a national collective people is a “lousy and bad idea”. It is even dangerous, he explained during the speech.
“It makes us think that we belong to a people that is some kind of being through which we, by collective affiliation, acquire worth,” said Fredrik Reinfeldt, while he seemed to burst with contempt for nationalism.
The former Moderate leader also stated that it is dangerous for the US to withdraw as the world’s policeman and no longer want to “defend” the so-called universal world. Then other power players will take over, he said, referring to countries such as Russia and China.
According to Reinfeldt, Donald Trump’s USA challenges “everything” that the Moderates stand for, and that’s what his new book will be about, he concluded to an applauding audience.