Sweden: The Death of a Nation

Our Swedish correspondent Svenne Tvaerskaegg sends this gloomy overview of the political situation in Sweden with a multicultural apocalypse rapidly approaching.


Stackers at Stornäset sawmill, Sundsvall, 1912 — Somalis in Sweden, 2012

Sweden: The Death of a Nation

by Svenne Tvaerskaegg

Like a drunk the morning after a magnificent binge, Sweden is slowly waking up to the grim reality of the past few decades as a humanitarian superpower and the hangover is going to be of monstrous proportions.

The Swedes were a privileged people. Their hard-working Lutheran forefathers handed over to their keeping a wealthy, modern, homogeneous and well-functioning Scandinavian nation with one of the highest standards of living in the world. Their future was secured; they had all a people could wish for. And they completely squandered it.

The damage recent generations of Swedes have wreaked on their own country is almost beyond comprehension. Coming generations of Swedes will inherit a country in shambles and struggling with insurmountable problems. Ghettos, crime, segregation and ethnic strife are now the hallmarks of the once progressive nation. And perhaps the worst thing of all for the grandchildren of today’s Swedes: in the second half of this century they will in all likelihood be just one competing minority amongst many in what was once their own country. It will be a country no previous generations of Swedes would recognize — poor, shabby, Middle Eastern and African in appearance and dominated by Islam.

What went wrong for the Swedes was they became infected by what author Tom Wolfe called “radical chic”, revolutionary romanticism. The 1960s generation of spoiled middle-class rebels in their Che Guevara T-shirts completed their degrees in social sciences and feminist studies and went on to careers in politics, education and the civil service. Many of them went into media and journalism. Their solidarity with the oppressed of the third world knew no bounds, and from their positions of power and influence they could put their revolutionary romanticism into practice.

Sweden’s coffers were opened to third world revolutionary movements and their charismatic and radical young leader, Prime Minister Olof Palme, flirted with left-wing dictators and subversive groups across the globe. It was a heady time. By decree Sweden became multicultural, the borders were thrown open to mass immigration and the decay started. The fervor with which the revolutionary romantic elites pursued their goal was practically religious in character and tolerated no dissent. Politicians promised voters that mass immigration enriched Sweden; it brought economic and cultural wealth and made their country a much better place. State television and the press abandoned their critical role and trumpeted the same official message.

A few cautious dissenters raised warning voices but were soon shouted down. They were hung out in the media as “racists” and “xenophobes”. Ridiculed and vilified, they lost friends and jobs and were sometimes even hounded out of the country.

One early and high profile dissident was the university lecturer and Swedish member of parliament for the Liberal party Mauricio Rojas, himself an immigrant to Sweden from Chile. As the Liberal party spokesman on refugee and integration matters, he saw the damage uncontrolled third world immigration was doing to Sweden and warned the Swedes the path they were following would inevitably lead to disaster unless there was serious public discussion and radical reform. The retaliation was swift. Publicly branded a “xenophobe”, he was held up to public derision in the media. He received death threats from left-wing extremists and was put under 24 hour guard by Säpo, the Swedish security police. The campaign of character assassination continued unabated for months afterwards and demands were made for his removal from parliament. Unable to live in the country any longer Mauricio Rojas left Sweden forever and took up a position as a university lecturer in Spain.[1]

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The Soros Plan

The following article from the Austrian MSM has caused a stir inside Austria. It includes a letter about George Soros’ plan for the migration, which was sent by the Hungarian foreign minister to Alexander van der Bellen, the president of Austria.

It’s important to note that the political winds in Austria have shifted dramatically in the last two years. Mr. van der Bellen represents the old pro-multicult order, whereas the current ÖVP/FPÖ government represents the new mood — nationalist and anti-migration. The decision to send the letter to the president, rather than to Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, may be significant in this regard.

JLH, who translated the article, includes these notes:

Fallout in Austria. The “document” in question was probably intended for a wider audience than just van der Bellen. Die Presse unwittingly provided the megaphone.

The “facsimile” included in the middle of the article was difficult to capture — refused to be copied with the rest of the article. Following the contact back to the original article, I found that the “document” had disappeared, and did not appear again in subsequent articles, which did, however, attack its contents.

The style of tortured argument that is supposed to discredit the Hungarian comments is familiar to any American who has sampled the mass media here.

The translated article from Die Presse:

So That’s Supposed to be the “Soros Plan”

Hungary’s foreign minister has sent Federal President Alexander van Der Bellen[1] the so-called “Soros Plan” — a collection of six quotations on standard typing paper. Die Presse has access to the letter.

May 9, 2018

“The most important points of the Soros Plan — with sources” — The government of Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, remains on the offensive against US billionaire George Soros, and is attempting with this letter to convince the Austrian president that there actually is a so-called “Soros Plan”. So a document arrived in the offices of Alexander van der Bellen, and Die Presse has access. The Hungarian Foreign Minister quotes from articles which the billionaire has written himself as a guest commentator, or in which his comments are given.

Hungary sent the Austrian president this letter because van der Bellen recently maintained that the US billionaire has nothing to do with a wave of immigration to Europe. The letter from Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó emphasizes that the “Soros Plan” had made its way into political debate in Austria in the past weeks — notably in an interview with Die Presse given by FPÖ parliamentary leader Johann Gudenus. Therefore, the Hungarian Prime Minister wanted to send van der Bellen the “Soros Plan.”

At this point in the article, the “facsimile” of the document originally appeared:

The most important point of the Soros Plan — with sources

  • Settlement in Europe of 1 million immigrants annually
     
    Following the billionaire’s suggestion, “Europe shall accept at least 1 million asylum seekers annually for the foreseeable future” (Project Syndicate, September 26, 2015)
     
  • Ongoing, compulsory, uncapped action for the distribution of immigrants.
     
    On the distribution of immigrants, George Soros has written: “If this does not become an ongoing, compulsory element of the common European refugee system, it will collapse.” (Financial Times, July, 26, 2015)
     
  • Removal of Barricades from Borders
     
    The billionaire has said in this connection: “The goal of our plan is protection of the immigrants, and national borders are an obstacle to that.” (Bloomberg Business, October 30, 2015)
     
  • NGOs ought to step up as sponsors of the immigration
     
    According to Soros: “In order to take in more than 1 million immigrants and asylum seekers annually, the EU should mobilize the private sector — NGOs, church groups and private enterprise — so they will step up as sponsors.” (Project Syndicate, September 26, 2015)
     
  • Financial Support for the Immigrants
     
    According the billionaire’s plan: “The EU should make 15,000 euros per asylum seeker available for living quarters, medical care and education, to make the acceptance of immigrants and asylum seekers more attractive to the member states.” (Project Syndicate, September 26, 2015)
     
  • …parallel with the reduction of present financial resources
     
    On June 30th of last year in Brussels, Soros suggested — for purposes of solving the immigration crisis — reducing the common agricultural expenditures and expenditures for European Cohesion (Brussels, June 30, 2016)

Soros Plans Being Sold as EU Plans

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Dr. László Szabó: Immigration and the Preservation of European Culture

Further update: Now the video is working again. Which is weird, because it disappeared from the channel for about 20 minutes or so. Anyway, you should be able to watch it now.

Update: It seems that the Westminster Institute has pulled this video off their channel for some reason. I watched it a little while ago, but now it’s missing. I don’t know what happened.

As I reported earlier tonight, on Wednesday Dr. László Szabó, the Hungarian ambassador to the United States, spoke at the Westminster Institute in McLean, Virginia. His talk is now available on video, including the Q&A section at the end. The whole thing is worth listening to:

The most interesting fact that I learned from his remarks is that all the migrants who took the Balkan Route during the Great Migration Crisis of 2015 stopped in at certain bank in Belgrade to pick up an instruction leaflet (#1 on the list presumably being “throw away your passport”), a cell phone, and €5,000 in cash — at least until the money ran out. So that’s where all those €500 notes came from that the “Syrians” were spending that September in Nickelsdorf after they crossed from Hungary to Austria.

The question that we should all ponder is: Who put that money in the bank for those poor destitute “refugees” to claim? I agree with CrossWare — her opinion is that George Soros wasn’t spending his own money on the migration caper; he was simply acting as the distributor of the funds. That is, someone used his NGOs as a conduit, and he undoubtedly managed to turn a profit on the deal. I’m sure we can all make some educated guesses about who the ultimate benefactor was.

The French are furious at Donald Trump’s remarks about the Bataclan. But what did the president actually say?

Last Friday President Donald Trump gave a speech at a National Rifle Association (NRA) event in Texas. Among other things, Mr. Trump described how differently things would have gone at the Bataclan restaurant — where Islamic terrorists massacred hundreds of people back in 2015 — if even one person at the event had been packing heat.

The French political elites — including all the talking heads on TV — were united in their sanctimonious outrage at the effrontery of the American president for saying such things. They demanded a public apology.

We hear from our French contacts that although French TV was filled with the fury of the bien-pensants, what Mr. Trump actually said last Friday was scrupulously omitted — the viewer just saw stills or silent footage of the president at the NRA.

So Vlad had a bright idea: subtitle the original footage of President Trump in French, as a public service. Then the French people can actually read and see what all the outrage is about.

Many thanks to Ava Lon (French to English) and Nathalie (English to French) for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Here’s an objective, unbiased (ahem) account of the brouhaha from CNN:

Trump angers France and Britain with his NRA speech

(CNN) US President Donald Trump took aim at two of America’s closest allies in a speech at the NRA convention, saying strict gun laws failed to prevent the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris and highlighting a purported increase in knife violence in London.

The comments provoked anger in both France and Britain.

France was especially incensed after Trump, while speaking at the gun rights convention in Dallas on Friday, pointed his hand as if it were a gun while describing how each of the victims in Paris was fatally shot.

“They took their time and gunned them down one by one — boom, come over here, boom, come over here, boom,” he said.

The French foreign ministry issued a statement Saturday after Trump’s comments.

“France expresses its firm disapproval of President Trump’s remarks … and calls for the respect of the memory of the victims,” it said.

Francois Hollande, who was the French President during the 2015 attacks, tweeted Saturday:

“Donald Trump’s shameful remarks and obscene histrionics say a lot about what he thinks of France and its values. The friendship between our two peoples will not be tainted by disrespect and excessiveness. All my thoughts go to the victims of November 13.”

Trump went on to say things might have been different had Parisians in the cafes under attack had been armed.

“If one employee or just one patron had a gun, or if one person in this room had been there with a gun, aimed at the opposite direction, the terrorists would have fled or been shot. And it would have been a whole different story,” Trump said.

Video transcript:

(Three separate clips were combined in this video. The transcripts are listed separately with the original times. Mr. Trump’s words are included in both the French translation and the original English.)

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Nothing to Worry About, Folks

Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan sends this report on last week’s unfortunate knife attack in the Hague by a mentally challenged man. Needless to say, the incident had nothing to do with Islam.

Nothing to worry about, folks

by H. Numan

Friday was Liberation Day in The Netherlands. The Dutch celebrated their liberation from German occupation in World War Two. A “disturbed” man thought it would be a good idea to celebrate it by slashing throats. Nothing to worry about, folks. He’s not a jihadi, but merely a disturbed person. From Syria. Where he fought for ISIS. Who’s here on refugee status. No idea about the injuries of the victims, as no media thought to write about them. None. Not important — the disturbed man is the Real Victim©; the victims provoked him (by being alive and non-mohammedan). The police had to shoot and taser (in which order they did that I don’t know) this friendly man before they could subdue him.

No reason to inquire if this guy was somewhat overzealous preaching the da’wa. Mayor Krikke already knows he is simply a disturbed person. Why? Apparently he tossed his own furniture out of his house in February. Sane people don’t do that; therefore he must be disturbed. What else can you conclude? You must be a virulent islamophobe if you think this guy is practicing his religion.

Amsterdam is the capital of The Netherlands, but The Hague is the seat of government. Methinks a knife attack in the seat of government is pretty serious. So does the mayor, as she ordered the Rijksrecherche (sort of police to police the police) to immediately investigate the fact that the police had shot this man. Wounded, admittedly. But nevertheless they used their weapons! We can’t have that, can we? What about the “disturbed” man? Yes, she ordered an investigation of him as well. A psychiatric investigation. And she ordered a committee to look into his mental state.

As you can see, the situation is completely under control. Nothing to worry about.

Or perhaps we should worry? What I read on other than mainstream or government-approved media (in Holland that is the same) is that this gentlemen was fully under control of himself. He knew what he was doing, that being the slicing of throats of infidels. Nope, nothing to worry. Because it’s not mainstream media, therefore it must be fake news. Can’t be anything else.

Some other news you don’t have to worry about. The province of Frisia wants to make it compulsory for primary schoolchildren to visit mosques. Of course mohammedans came up with this brilliant idea, but the provincial government kind of likes it too. All in the name of community cohesion, understanding other cultures and whatnot. What I strangely miss is a compulsory visit of mohammedan children to churches and synagogues. But then, mohammedans take their religion — of peace — a lot more seriously than Christians and Jews. Because those religions explicitly forbid entering heathen temples as well. It’s just that nobody seems to care anymore.

The Dutch ministry of defense, officially, likes community cohesion too. Participating in an iftar meal is professional, they say. Which means if you do not want to participate, you’re not professional. We don’t want unprofessionals in our organization. Out you go, or that least no promotion ever. As you probably can understand, the Islamsterdam municipal police leads the way here.

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An Open Letter From István Lovas to a Toady for the German State Media

The following essay is an open letter from the Hungarian journalist and author István Lovas to a German media correspondent who takes the standard German/EU line on Hungary.

Many thanks to CrossWare for translating this piece. To the links she included I have added more for various personalities mentioned in the letter — in English when I could find them, otherwise in Hungarian:

Letter to Keno Verseck, the Budapest correspondent for Der Spiegel and Deutsche Welle

Subject: Are you crazy?

Dear Colleague!

You were interviewed on Friday with a longer interview with Deutsche Welle, a public service broadcasting in 30 languages. You know, the funding of which is also compulsory for German taxpayers, who are deliberately misled by you. As you say, democratically.

Interview theme: “Freedom of the Press”

The grand title: “In Hungary Orbán sows hatred”

As you usually do it: the use of the word “hatred” is almost always mandatory. It is particularly worshiped in titles. After that, everyone is waiting for “populist”, “nationalist”, “anti-Semitic” and similar expressions. And if it is about the Hungarian Prime Minister, then the “right-wing nationalist” prefix is obligatory before his name, unlike previously with the former Prime Ministers of Bajnai or Gyurcsány; no qualifying modifier was ever given, although the Hungarian people could recommend you a bouquet for their characterization.

Sometimes the “folk-national” sign, especially if Magdalena Marsovszky is quoted: the point is to instantly make the article credible, because each reader knows in which direction they should stand at attention.

The interview’s editorial summary: “ Hungarian correspondent Keno Verseck’s name emerged in the blacklist of journalists in newspapers close to the government. This is a clear indication that the public climate is becoming poisonous.”

The conversation begins with your colleague’s question:

The Hungarian Times, which is close to the government, published a list with the names of Hungarian correspondents. Your name appears, and you were attacked vigorously there. How did you learn that you were included?”

In your reply, you also said that the article calls on the government to “take action against us”. He adds: “It is still to be said that The Hungarian Times in Hungary is almost the official announcement medium for the government.”

He then refers to the Soros mercenary list, and writes, “This article is about us here, about foreign correspondents, from independent journalists whose reports are obviously painfully affecting the Orbán government… that is, they are tightening the reins now that Orbán wants to show how much power he has.”

Finally, you tell us that you have lived for a long time in Hungary (35 years) and are able to speak Hungarian. And you have the audacity to lie to our faces that when he was first “researched” in Hungary as a journalist, at the end of the 1980’s, the climate at that time was not as “scary” as it is today. Which in itself is characteristic of the “research” of journalists. This was the time when I was unable to obtain an entry visa for your journalism field, as I was a staff member of Radio Free Europe, although I only wanted to visit my family.

The last sentence is: “And those who feel powerless or feel that there is no way to act in opposition will leave the country.”

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The End Times of Albion

Prompted in part by UKIP’s devastating losses in last Thursday’s local elections, Seneca III sends these thoughts on the current gloomy state of affairs in the United Kingdom.

The End Times of Albion

by Seneca III

There is a time to live and a time to die; a time to let live and a time to kill. Just as the rhythms of the seasons and the tides of great waters rise and fall, the seasons and tides of human affairs do likewise, and they do indeed try men’s souls.

In the UK contempt and abject hatred have, in the mind of the indigenous majority, replaced a naïve belief that probity, public safety and our continued existence as an homogenous culture are the defining hallmarks of our nation’s institutions. Consequently, all trust in our Legislative and its Executive arms has been lost.

Starting in Parliament and descending through several layers to the corrupted Rotten Boroughs in the Occupied Territories a malignant ideological cancer has taken hold and spread far beyond the point where the mechanisms of democratically elected governance can excise it. Democracy, combined with mass immigration and pathological altruism, has become the God that failed.

In quasi-private organisations which are fully or partly funded from taxpayer’s pockets, either directly or indirectly, this cancer has found other homes… take English Heritage, the National Trust and Oxfam as examples, as well as the BBC.

The police, the judiciary and the legal profession as a whole no longer possess anything resembling a moral compass nor any conception of the abiding necessity to sustain a British homeland for long-heritage British people.

In the education sector learning has been cast aside and replaced by indoctrination. Generations of children will now grow to maturity without a functional and enquiring mind of their own, and thus their future will be defined by a modern form of feudalism wherein they will be the serfs.

Feudalism arises when a civilisation begins to decline or collapse, when the central authority is no longer able to maintain order, and local power centres emerge to control specific areas and their inhabitants. It is a return to a default position such as we now see in a variant form in the no-go areas and their adjacent epicentres of large-scale criminality unrestrained by central authority, for example in Tower Hamlets, Bradford, Rotherham, Telford et al., and in the general anarchy that is now so much a part of life in areas of London and other major cities.

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Breitscheidplatz: The Story of Anis Amri as a Lone Offender

The following essay by Beatrix von Storch from Freie Welt has been translated by Anton, who includes an extended afterword with additional material.

Breitscheidplatz: The story of Anis Amri as a lone offender

by Beatrix von Storch, Member of the German Bundestag

The public reaction after a physical attack by an Arab refugee is actually always the same: this was a lone perpetrator. No connection with other crimes, no connection with cultural origin, no connection with Islam.

The terrorist attack carried out by the Tunisian Islamist Anis Amri on December 19, 2016 at the Berlin Breitscheidplatz was evaluated in exactly the same manner. Even after it was clear that Amri had excellent contacts with the Salafist network in Dortmund, Hildesheim and Berlin, and went there and out, the individual scenario was only slightly doubted.

German Islamist scene

Shortly after his arrival in Germany, Amri established contact with the group surrounding the Salafist preacher Abu Walaa in Dortmund and Hildesheim. That they never talked about a possible attack on the “infidels” is hard to imagine.

Amri also expressed abstract ideas and fantasies to the police informer working for the state criminal investigation office of North Rhine-Westphalia on a car trip to Berlin. In the process, Amri bragged about his contacts with France, from where he could ‘easily arrange for a Kalashnikov’.

Contact with France

This alleged contact has now been revealed by the French authorities. A few days ago it became known that Islamist Clement B., who was arrested in mid-2017, had frequent personal and telephone contact with Anis Amri. The arrest of the French citizen uncovered several firearms and three kilogrammes of explosives. He is suspected of planning an attack prior to the presidential election in 2017.

Italian Raid

At the end of March 2018, in a police raid in Italy, five suspected Tunisian Islamists were arrested who allegedly had contact with Anis Amri. According to police, it is very likely that Amri had obtained counterfeit documents from this network for his stay in Germany.

Three other Tunisians who had direct contact with Amri had already been deported from Italy at the beginning of 2017. Although there are no direct indications that these contact persons were directly involved in the execution of the attack, the links within the European Islamist scene will have played a role in the preparation of the attack.

For the newly established committee of inquiry in the Bundestag, of which I am a member for the AfD parliamentary group, this means that those relevant acts within the neighbouring European countries are also of great importance and should accordingly be included within the investigation.

ISIS backer in North Africa gives instructions

An obvious direct contact with fighters of the so-called[1] Islamic State in Libya was already established by the Federal Office of Criminal Investigation in February 2016. At that time, Amri was sent several audio files in which the background of machine gunfire and grenade strikes were heard.

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Jürgen Domian Warns German Homosexuals About Muslims

The following article concerns a warning about Muslims from Jürgen Domian, a prominent gay German entertainment personality. According to Nash Montana, who translated the article, Mr. Domian is “the polar opposite of the American Dr. Laura, totally liberal, gay, had his own TV advice show for years, and now he is warning gays that they need to be careful about Muslims.”

The translated article from Der Westen:

Former TV-Show/Radio Moderator Domain Warns Homosexuals About Muslims: The Risk is Simply Too High of “Getting Punched in the Face”

Cologne. Jürgen Domian (60) has bemoaned the fact that it is not possible in Germany to have an opinion that is critical of Muslims without getting “shoved into the rightwing corner”.

For the former radio moderator, the belt attack against two kippa-wearing men last April in Berlin was no coincidence. As he wrote in his column for the Kölner Stadtanzeiger, “Not my country, not my home anymore”, attacks motivated by anti-Semitism are the result of decades of ignorance, especially in “intellectual and lefty liberal circles”.

Domian warns homosexuals

Domian says that every day he expects similar extreme acts of violence not just against people of the Jewish faith, but against homosexuals as well.

In the ‘90s, he says, it was totally safe for homosexual men to walk hand in hand on public streets. “But today they should not dare to do that,” the 60-year-old warns. The risk is simply too high of being immediately attacked by men of Muslim background, and “getting punched in the face,” Domian says.

Domian has an explanation for the success of the AfD

In his column, the former moderator bemoans the fact that it is basically not possible to have a critical argument/dispute about anti-Semitism and hostility against homosexuals through and by Muslims without being immediately branded a Nazi.

And that is what Domian credits for the success of the AfD. He says he cannot understand that the “right-wing populists” have a monopoly on this topic, since abiding and complying with basic law should be something that every citizen should ask for.

In his time as moderator of a very successful radio/TV show for years, he again and again had desperate Muslims calling into his show who were in conflict with the traditional values of their families and the Western life style. Often the topics in these conversations were forced marriage and homosexuality.

“Then Germany is not my country, not my home anymore”

Admittedly, he thinks Islam belongs to Germany. But when violence against people on the basis of their religion or their sexual orientation is accepted as a consequence of Islam in Germany, “then this Germany is not my country, not my home anymore”.

That is why the 60-year-old demands that Minister Horst Seehofer ensures that Germans will not lose their home country.

An afterword from the translator:

This is huge in my opinion. Domian is someone that matters to people in the age range of 30 to 60.

I used to listen to Domian for years. His radio show was spectacular, it was exciting, different, and it was a guilty pleasure. It was ground-breaking in how people in the modern age dealt with their personal problems, because the radio show was broadcast on the German TV channel WDR. Mainly ground-breaking because it was basically the first social media before there was social media and the Internet.

We used to organize Domian parties on Friday or Saturday evenings, where a bunch of friends would get together and sit in the living room and listen to/watch the show. The depravity of some of the people was so outrageous it made it totally worth it missing a Saturday night at the Disco.

The topics ranged from homosexuality to cannibalism to scat, suicide, and prostitution. And every now and then, yes, the occasional Muslim would call in with his own set of problems. The show was great, because people could talk about anything without either being judged or egged on to divulge more. Domian always had a way of letting people talk and maintaining an even disposition.

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Michael Stürzenberger on Muslim Jew-Hatred in Germany

The well-known German Counterjihad activist Michael Stürzenberger has been prosecuted more than once, and even been convicted, for his “Islamophobia” (the conviction was for posting on Facebook a historical photo of a meeting between Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem).

In the video below, Mr. Stürzenberger discusses the massive wave of Jew-hatred in Germany that arises from the “new Germans” — who just happen to be Muslims.

Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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How Liberalism is Destroying Freedom

The following essay by Alexander Grau discusses the strange metamorphosis of liberal political philosophy into its opposite. JLH, who translated the piece, includes this note:

This scholar seems to make a good point, but he is so caught up in the maze of academic terminology which tries to come to grips with lofty ideas like liberalism that he fails to see the actual handwriting on the wall — these are not “hyper-liberals” he is describing; they are the minions of the Left, including the ’68ers and their Antifa shock troops.

The translated essay from the monthly German magazine Cicero:

How Liberalism is Destroying Freedom

by Alexander Grau
April 21, 2018

Freedom, it seems, is increasingly the freedom of those who think alike. In the name of the most profound liberal values such as tolerance and freedom of expression, intolerance seems to be growing and increasingly constricting freedom of expression and artistic freedom. Briefly, three examples from recent times: a poem by Eugen Gomringer[1] that allegedly reproduces patriarchal structures and must therefore disappear; the monograph by Rolf Peter Sieferle[2] that first disappeared from the bestseller list and is now disappearing from bookstore shelves; Uwe Tellkamp[3], who has complained of a “corridor of opinion” and is now being punished in the magazines. The list could be longer.

Freedom is Endangered by its Proponents

It is absurd. Freedom today is under threat, not only by its enemies, but by its declared supporters. People preach tolerance but tolerate only their own opinion; declare themselves open, but punish anything that does not fit their world image. And anyone who argues against them is accused of taking on the role of victim. It is a hermetically sealed thought bubble. It almost seems that liberalism is being destroyed by its own success.

The main concern of classic liberalism is the protection of the individual. Thus freedom is defined as the absence of compulsion. In an equally famous and unfortunate formulation, Isaiah Berlin called this form of freedom “negative freedom.” There is nothing negative in this freedom. Only the person free of compulsion is free.

The Missionary Strain of Liberalism

Accordingly, traditional forms of liberalism concentrate on eliminating paternalism and external control. That is the unifying cord of economic and constitutional liberalism. At its core, liberalism is also an anti-ideology which protects the individual against attacks on his autonomy in the name of traditional ideals.

Besides that, since at least the bourgeois revolutions of the18th century, there have been aggressive, missionary-like tendencies in the liberal tradition. The reasons for that are to be found in the logic of liberalism itself. If freedom of the individual is the standard, isn’t it natural to protect the individual from more than just physical coercion? Aren’t there hidden coercions? Perhaps inscribed in social power relations, cultural traditions and social structures? And is it not a liberal tendency to liberate people from these things too?

Hypo-Liberalism With Fallacies

It was not mistaken thinking. Naturally, there are power structures, economic or social, that have a repressive character. And so there developed in the conditions of the modern welfare society what the British philosopher John N. Gray, writing in the Times Literary Supplement, recently called hyper-liberalism — an overblown, radical form of liberalism, an “illiberal liberalism,” which perverts the original liberal tendency into its opposite. Freedom is curtailed in the name freedom and democracy is restricted for the sake of democracy.

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Hungarian FM in the European Parliament: “We Follow the Will of the Hungarian People”

The video below shows Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártő speaking yesterday to the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs about the recent general election in Hungary.

Many thanks to CrossWare for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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Snake Soup With Prime Number Noodles

The following op-ed by Zsolt Bayer discusses the aftermath of the recent general election in Hungary, in which disappointed and angry Progressives have taken to the streets to bring down the “regime” of the victorious prime minister, Viktor Orbán.

CrossWare, who translated the essay, sends this explanatory note:

This article by Zsolt Bayer is about the liberal protests, similar to what happened in the USA after the election of Donald Trump, when screaming liberal lunatics and BLM terrorists tried to generate a “revolution”. The similarity between the two cannot be denied; it’s almost as if the same organization was using the same script in both locations…

The title refers to Ferenc Gyurcsány, an ex-Socialist former Prime Minister, who gave the famed: “we lied day and night” speech. Since little Frank lost himself in the bottle, with increasing frequency he has been saying the darnedest things. (We do not need a kids’ show to do that). First he said in a press conference that he is an excellent mathematician, and to demonstrate it, he stated that the number 11 is the largest prime number. Then he corrected himself, saying it’s the smallest, and then he lost his train of thought… Then on election day, in a similarly limited mental capacity, he wanted to complain about the lines at the voting booths, and he got into a long explanation about how the snakes are slithering (he meant the queues are like snakes, but whatever).

The translated op-ed from the Hungarian daily Magyar Idők:

Snake soup with prime number noodles

by Zsolt Bayer
April 14, 2018

Before the election Ferenc Gyurcsány (snake soup with prime number noodles) warned everyone that the right will not accept their election loss, and will create riots in the streets where blood will flow because the right is like that, and especially Orbán…

Then came the election, where the right achieved a two-thirds super-majority victory for the third time, and the losers are not capable of enduring the election loss, screaming about cheating and planning street riots. They now say they will turn out, they will turn out so much that they will never go home again from the streets. The leader of a party that received only 2% stated on the night of the election loss that the “regime” will not remain till 2022, and while he is saying this, in his hipster beard the nothing makes a noise.

So many black knights! [Referring to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the Black Knight Scene — translator] Their arms and legs are cut off, but they are still on the ground screaming hysterically to stop, come back, because they will bite off our heads. It’s pitiful, but it’s infinitely annoying too. It is infinitely annoying to prove again and again that the Bolsheviks are eternal and indefinable. The term itself and its historical background are marvelous: majority, majority.

This is what they called it; they named themselves that and were always in a minority. Moreover, their most important features are: total inactivity, the cult of force, and “everyone outside of us is stupid, everyone is guilty, everyone is wrong” mentality. They brought their usual shape on the eighth of April [election day] as well. As the people began to flow to the polling booths, they talked about the celebration of democracy; they praised the voter, who was coming, flooding, as a tsunami to dismiss and replace the dictator.

Then it turned out that the people really poured out, but to give two-thirds to the current set-up (the “dictator”), and to send this opposition back to their mothers… at last! And you see a miracle: in a moment everything has changed! Suddenly it was the darkest dictatorship instead of the celebration of democracy, and the people, in a blink, became uneducated, uninformed, stupid villagers. Of course, immediately the electoral system has become unfair and undemocratic.

About this last one [electoral system]: based on the results on Sunday, in the United Kingdom the Fidesz-KDNP would have got 86% of the seats in Parliament; in France this would have been 72%; in Italy 63%; in Germany, Romania, and Slovakia it would have translated into 53%. In Hungary this number is 67%.

That is, with this election result, Fidesz-KDNP would certainly form a government everywhere, but according to them, the British and French electoral systems are even more anti-democratic than the Hungarian, since there would be almost no opposition.

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Ten Years After

We’re coming up on the tenth anniversary of our ejection from Pajamas Media.

It was a watershed moment. The proximate cause was our publication of El Inglés’ ground-breaking essay, “Surrender, Genocide… or What?” on April 23, 2008 — ten years ago today. Four days later we were thrown out of Pajamas Media and ordered to remove PJM’s ads and other materials from our site (which was then at Blogspot).

I followed the instructions and denuded our blog of ads. Later that day I wrote about what happened:

I received a phone call this afternoon from Roger Simon, the CEO of PJM, announcing that our relationship was terminated, and that we should remove anything connected with PJM from our blog’s template. The specific reason given was our publication of Surrender, Genocide… or What?, the guest-essay by El Inglés that has caused so much argument for the last few days. Roger informed me with regret that the PJM Board had decided to cancel our contract.

Every since the recent unpleasantness started last October, I’ve been expecting it. And now the footwear has hit the floor at last.

With the removal of those ads, we lost our only income stream from blogging. Since being laid off almost two years previously, I had had only temporary and part-time contracts, and times were tough. So we polled our readers: should we find another ad provider, or should we appeal to our audience for donations?

Our readers voted for the latter option, and we’ve been ad-free ever since. We gradually fell into the regular quarterly fundraising routine that most of you are familiar with. It was rocky going for a while, but we made it through.

That which fails to kill us makes us stronger.

In honor of the tenth anniversary of being cast into the Outer Darkness, we will publish another ground-breaking essay by El Inglés in several parts. The first installment will appear here tomorrow, if I get my act together. This new one, if I may say so, will make “Surrender, Genocide… or What?” seem like a fluffy-bunny kids’ story in comparison, at least by Roger Simon’s standards. Fortunately, we no longer have to worry about that, nor does Mr. Simon have to concern himself with what ghastly “racist” material might appear here at Gates of Vienna.

The world has changed a lot in the last ten years.

Not too long after we were shown the door at Pajamas Media, it reorganized itself and changed its business model. The “little bloggers” were phased out, and those deemed worthy of keeping were brought under the corporate umbrella. The company rebranded itself as “PJM” — presumably to avoid the silly image of bloggers in their pajamas — and became slick and more professional.

Being thrown out was probably the best thing that ever happened to us. With our new business model — which relies on soliciting modest donations from our readers four times a year, a process commonly known as “crowdfunding” — we became free of editorial constraints. We could post whatever we wanted, and didn’t have to answer to anyone but our readers for what we said.

In other words, we traded financial security for complete editorial freedom. I call that a bargain, the best I’ve ever had.

I’ve recently seen things at PJM that were as “edgy” as our stuff was ten years ago — the kind of thing that would have got us booted back then — but that’s because the “edge” isn’t where it used to be.

We were beyond the pale back then, but the pale has moved. And we still stay beyond it — that’s the nature of this site. Our mission is to tackle the generally verboten topics that need to be examined. And as the situation in the West continues to deteriorate, those topics become ghastlier and ghastlier.

There’s no doubt about it: what lies ahead is grim and unpredictable. All we know for certain is that the near future will be ugly and chaotic. And taking a clear-eyed look at things — what happened in the past, what’s going on now, and what is still to come — is still against the rules at most mainstream sites and paper publications. You just don’t go there — it’s scary. No one wants to think about it. And besides, discussing it openly and frankly might threaten everyone’s funding sources.

Ten years’ worth of water have flowed underneath the bridge, but the rickety old bridge remains exactly the same.

Keep an eye out for El Inglés’ new essay tomorrow — or as soon as I can manage it, but it will be here shortly.