Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Monocultural Neighborhoods for Swedish Multiculturalists

Update: Michael Laudahn has written to say that this report is a translation of a report from Avpixlat , which was based on the DN article. It was not, as I mistakenly assumed, his own work. The introductory text below has been changed to correct this error.

The following report by Michael Laudahn about the residential habits of Sweden’s top politicians is based on an article from today’s Dagens Nyheter, which has the following header:

This is where the politicians who govern Stockholm live

Stockholm’s politicians — especially the most powerful ones — shy away from the city’s immigrant-packed low-income areas. For example not one bourgeois alderman lives outside the city centre. — A democratic scandal, according to author Per Wirtén

Mr. Laudahn’sThe Avpixlat report is below.

Ummah Sweden

Segregation in Sweden
by Michael Laudahn

In an article today, Dagens Nyheter [DN] provides an overview over where Stockholm’s politicians live, and the result is — hardly surprising, but still mind the double standards — that they live far from the city’s immigrant-packed areas. Among those governing the municipality, not one lives outside the [picturesque, all-Swedish] city centre [Three samples: one, two, three].

RinkebyAlas, DN — considering their demonstratively bourgeois and [European!] liberal attitude — has then turned to leftist extremist Per Wirtén, for the political analysis of this state of the matter. And confided this responsibility, nobody would have to fear that Wirtén would drive into the political ditch. Basically, it all centres around socio-economic matters and the consequences of a capitalist society. Any potential relation to Sweden’s irresponsible immigration policy is from the outset excluded.

In his article, Wirtén frets primarily about how this looks, and states that it is a democratic problem. He beats around the bush, but does not manage to speak out about what is self-evident — NO Swede with a Swedish background who can afford to live somewhere else resides voluntarily in the exclusion areas packed with immigrants. Why should politicians be different in this respect from other Swedes?

The remarkable thing here is the hypocrisy. Wirtén, leftist that he is, wants to demonstrate that there still are more Social Democrats [S] among local politicians living in the suburbs than bourgeois politicians. ‘This does make a difference,’ states Wirtén optimistically. Yes, possibly in the degree of hypocrisy. Those shouting most loudly about socioeconomic exclusion, children’s poverty, etc. are the red-greens, and the distance to their own choice of life — to live in totally different areas — makes it all the more obvious.

Tensta, suburb of StockholmDuring his time, S speaker Göran Persson was out there, during his election campaign, in the million-dollar ghettos, and he was asked the question if he would live there himself, something he didn’t have a problem lying about, before the rolling cameras: Sure, he could imagine doing that, said Persson, because there were so many nice people. A little later, when Persson needed an apartment in Stockholm, as a complement to his country estate, he of course called Wallenstam and obtained a rental contract for a fine inner-city address.

The recently elected S leader Stefan Löfvén also gave a sample of this hypocrisy, when he claimed of course not to object at all to living in the immigrant-packed Tensta suburb [nearby Rinkeby]. The result, however, is that Löfvén lives in central Vasastan, and when he now looks for a new apartment, he continues to aim at the city centre.

Tensta burningWirtén steams around in his article, admitting that the immigrant-packed suburbs ‘have a bad reputation’, and that this is a reason why politicians won’t reside there — insinuating that this bad reputation must be undeserved, one way or another. The criminal gangs, the burning cars, the burning schools, stone-throwing against police, firefighters and ambulances, street violence, Islamist fundamentalism, qat-chewing and all the other things are clearly not sufficient to deserve a bad reputation, according to Wirtén. And why Swedish politicians should want to live in areas that remind one more of Beirut or Gaza than of Sweden is of course an issue which is not addressed at all. Should the issue nonetheless be addressed, a reluctance to live there would then obviously be tantamount to pure racism.

Also Irene Molina, a professor of cultural geography at Uppsala University, gets a chance to fret about how politicians have spread unevenly over Stockholm. Full of comprehension, she states that concerning politicians’ housing preferences, there is a characteristic concentration in the city’s more attractive parts, and that these politicians do not see the everyday life on which they legislate, which is how a large portion of the population dwells and lives. But this is about as far as the analysis goes.

Wirtén says, of course, that this is a problem which needs to be discussed, that the parties have a responsibility, etc. But when someone really attempts to discuss the actual reason why Stockholm and other cities are enormously ethnically segregated — the failed immigration and integration policy — then Wirtén’s scolding sounds quite different. Then there is no more discussion, but shut the lid, and then mud-slinging against the messenger and his uncomfortable message. And the journalist corps are at least as hypocritical as the politicians — continuing to pull their straw to the stack so the segregation problem never will be solved, whilst continuing to be indignant about it.


Anonymous said...

Please let me correct this: I translated for this article ,

which again is based on .

I mentioned both these sources, but for some reasons, the first one seems to have gone lost during the publishing process.

So it's not my article, it was written by someone at Avpixlat, I was the messenger only. .)

Michael Laudahn

Anonymous said...

Swedish politicians appear to have the same preferences viz choice of abode that British politicians have. I have this suspicion that the same can be said of politicians throughout the Western world. Does anyone know of a Western politician who actually resides amongst the third worlders he and his cohorts encourage to make their homes in the West?


Anonymous said...

Chris Matthews resides in a area that is only 1% black. Michael Moore has two mansions in exclusive areas. Hardly a man of the people.

I suspect the same for most wealthier Leftists in the U.S. don't live anywhere near minorities. Others that I'm aware live in pretty posh areas like Santa Barbara, San Rafeal, Berkeley.

AliceNorthernLights said...

Because leftistr are hypocrites. They talk about theories to shine in front of naive people, but they don't want to get in trouble. Trouble belong to others. Rightiest, apparently cold-hearted, understood better thanm leftist the real meaning of 'equality'

Anonymous said...

No one wants to live in a foreign coyuntry in one's own country.