The dark, untold history of Swedish crypto-imperialism and conspiracy

Reasonable people are asking reasonable questions about Sweden’s shameful and illiberal pursuit of Julian Assange.

Immediately, the mainstream media attempts to shout down the dissenting voices. Surely, they sneer, you can not be suggesting that Sweden, the country you’ve always looked towards as a beacon of liberalism is involved in any wrong-doing?

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The idea that Sweden is some sort of progressive paradise is a grand deception, built on decades of propaganda serving both the Scandinavian elite and its Anglo-American conspirators. The truth, for those willing to look for it, paints a picture of a Machiavellian ex-Imperial power, gripped by the hidden control of corporate interests and duplicitous in its depiction as a beacon of neutrality while eagerly equipping the American war machine.

Under this light, the explanation behind the events of the past few months becomes crystal clear.

History

Sweden: Kicking ass and taking names since 700 AD

Sweden was not always the small, unassuming state it’s (erroneously) considered today. In the 17th Century, Sweden had one of the mightiest Empires of the Old World, having conquered roughly half of the Holy Roman states during the “nightmarish” Thirty Years’ War. It wasn’t until almost two hundred years later, after a century of warmongering and defeat, when the Swedish Empire finally collapsed. With the broken nation unable to continue its hawkish policy, Sweden abandoned forever an overt military route to global power.

Not that this was the end of Swedish ambitions. Martial strength gave way to a more underhanded approach to increase their influence worldwide. Between 1850 and 1910, over one million Swedes moved to the US; in the early 20th century, more Swedes lived in Chicago (where Barack Obama started his political career as a community organiser) than in Gothenburg (Sweden’s second largest city).

Sweden remained ostensibly neutral during World War II – but, in fact, both aided the resistance forces of Norway, Denmark and Finland; and supplied resources to Nazi Germany.

Such perfidy left Sweden in a more than favourable position to profit from the murder and mayhem of the World’s most brutal conflict. Sweden exerted its influence, using its intact industrial base, social stability and natural resources to expand its industry as the rest of Europe attempted to heal. Regardless, such fortuitousness did not stop their US friends handing them $112.5 million (over $1 billion in today’s terms) as part of the Marshall Plan.

This tactic of simulating neutrality while secretly colluding with combatants continued throughout the Cold War, when Sweden publicly claimed impartiality but unofficially maintained a special relationship with the United States. Despite a global reputation for pacifism, Sweden has been involved in all major conflicts in recent history, including Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Cyprus.

Sweden avoided the influence of communism and fascism which swept through the rest of Europe. Indeed, their social democratic ideology has, famously, had a profound grip on the nation since 1889. Less well celebrated is Sweden’s long and sordid history of corporatism.

In his thesis, Explaining Swedish Corporatism: The Formative Moment, the distinguished political scientist Bo Rothstein wrote:

In an international perspective Sweden appears to have unusually numerous and powerful interest organizations. Moreover, these organizations are thought to enjoy considerable influence over public policy.

These “unusually numerous and powerful” corporations with “considerable influence over public policy” export weapons used by the US military in Iraq. You may be more likely to challenge Sweden’s pretence of enlightened neutrality when you discover that in 2008 Swedish arms exports jumped by 32 percent.

A century of saying 'whatever'

After the nineteenth century, Sweden retreated from attempting to assert their dominance through overt use of military muscle. Instead, they have pursued a far more clandestine strategy, seeking to extend their tendrils of influence across the world via cultural insemination.

In the 40s through to the 70s, many of Hollywood’s most popular faces (including Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo and Britt Ekland) were, in fact, Swedish. Although this influence waned at the start of the 80s, in the past decade, this cultural invasion has dramatically increased with little subtlety.

In 2008, the BBC invested serious time and energy promoting the hitherto unknown, fictional Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander. That the BBC might take a risk by introducing an obscure Scandinavian character into a prime time slot might not be so surprising. But what is so unusual is that the Wallander series was originally screened at the British Academy (where it was granted extra publicity by a Q&A session) before being simulcast on both BBC One and BBC HD, with supporting films and documentaries on BBC Four. Such a publicity blitz is unprecedented.

The series has since spread to 14 other countries across the world (a French language series is also currently being pursued) and triggered a massive increase in sales of Wallander novels.

Part 205 in our 'fictional Swedes packing heat' series

Speaking of novels, currently sitting at number 1 in Amazon’s list of best selling books of 2010 is the third part of Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. This book is joined in the best selling list by the rest of the trilogy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (at number 2) and The Girl Who Played with Fire (at number 6). The original Swedish movie adaptation grossed $104 million worldwide. An American version starring George Clooney is due 2011 – sure to be a box office success. When was the last time such charts were so utterly dominated by neither American nor Briton?

More importantly, why would Britain and America be so keen to promote products of Swedish culture? Could this, along with the aforementioned leap in Swedish arms exports, be its reward for acting as the willing lapdog of Anglo-American Imperialism?

If you’re still not convinced civilized Sweden is capable of unscrupulous behaviour when it furthers their own interests and those of their American friends, there’s more. It’s a little known fact (typical of this artful, secretive nation), that Sweden was home to one of the most elaborate and disputed conspiracies of the 20th Century: Konspiration 58.

Konspiration 58

It must be real. I done seen it on the telly.

Conspiracy 58 (Swedish: Konspiration 58 or KSP58) is a controversial theory, claiming that the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden never really happened. Evidence was presented purporting to prove World Cup ’58 was staged as a television and radio event between American and Swedish Television, the CIA and FIFA as part of a Cold War strategy. A documentary, never broadcast outside Sweden, was made in 2002 exposing this mind-boggling hoax. Expert witnesses claimed that Sweden did not have the economic or technical resources to promote such an event. Americas involvement, according to the theory, was to discover if televisual propaganda had any influence on viewers and “if such methods could be used as political weapons”.

Revelations from this shocking documentary are described below.

A large amount of evidence was presented. For example, there was analysis of television recordings at the matches, where houses can be seen in the backgrounds that never actually stood there. The programme also analyzed how the shadows of the players in the field were falling, and were angled in a way that is not possible in Sweden if you study the position of the sun at the time.

The Chairman of the association, Bror Jacques de Wærn, who was employed in the Swedish National Agency for more than twenty years, claims that he has looked for evidence that the tournament really took place, but didn’t find anything.

You can find out more here.

The Yellow Janus

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They say the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. Hidden behind Sweden’s facade of neutrality and pretence of social democracy lies one of the most malign international influences of the past century.

If Wikileaks has achieved only one thing by releasing the US cables, it’s shedding light on one of the greatest hidden conspiracies of the modern world.

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Thousands of Brits celebrate their granny-killing, evil, socialist euthanasia engine [NHS love]

Health facts - via BBC

I’ve been following the American healthcare pantomime with the usual morbid fascination I reserve for their insane media (you can include political leaders and citizens under that adjective for that matter). After a while, however, I started to be genuinely concerned that this madness is going to cost the non-crazy Americans a chance for real healthcare reform. Hmm… not so funny anymore.

And into this shitstorm was unfairly thrust the good ol’ NHS, better known across the pond as an evil and Orwellian socialist institution that would have let Stephen Hawking’s die, had he been cursed to be born British (I can understand the confusion; as Ricky Gervais said, born in Oxford but speaks with an American accent? Pretentious). Even worst, one of our own (meant very loosely) joined the attack. Tory MEP Dan Hannan tears into the NHS (on Fox News, no less!), seemingly lending weight to the nightmare perception of the British system. Mikeno12’s comment sums things up succinctly.

We weren’t going to put up with that shit. The #welovethenhs Twitter campaign mobilised us Brits to shout our support for the ‘cradle to the grave’ free health care provided to everyone – whether rich, poor, sick, dying, hypochondriac or just a small-breasted teen who fancied a bit of a cleavage.

Yesterday, Gordon Brown and his wife, Sarah Brown, joined the campaign with an emotive Tweet (an oxymoron?) and, since then, the British media has been covering this story pretty extensively (something that does not seem to have been echoed in the US, unfortunately – though the only reference to this I would ever expect to see on Fox News would be along the lines of “do you want British socialist scum recommending US policy?”).

Possibly the most interesting development in the whole tale was the Conservative leader, David Cameron, interrupting his holiday to publicly distance his party (the British equivalent to the Republicans) from aforementioned NHS-basher, Daniel Hannan. Rule #1 of British politics: fuck with the NHS at your peril.

Note to Americans: I’ve read some comments suggesting health care reform would decrease accountability. In this country, dissatisfaction is voiced in the most powerful way, by decisive elections! Perhaps, this is why the Republicans are so scared of reform? They’re worried it will prove so popular and benefit so many people, they’ll either never win an election again or have to completely change their ideology. Best to keep the public stupid and scared, eh?

Looking at the facts (a rare practice in this debate) provided by the BBC, US health isn’t the ‘best in the world’. Of course, the NHS isn’t either, and this explosion of support shouldn’t make us ignore some of the very real problems people have had with the system (for the record, not me; I’ve had three pretty significant operations with the NHS and have no complaints – if you’re looking for anecdotal comparisons, I recommend reading this moving account by someone who’s experienced both).

My own, considerably less moving, account of my own surgery last year:

Hospital face
As a patient, I was an absolute cunt
Where's my belly button!?
Spent the first three days angrily asking where's my belly button!? Still got it though
No, not some lovely NHS nurses. Gorgeous Crunkettes lending some moral support (with custom tees!)
No, not some lovely NHS nurses. Gorgeous Crunkettes lending some moral support (with custom tees!)

I guess the point is that having shitty health care that may bankrupt you so private companies can get grotesquely wealthy just sounds offensive to my British delicacies. It makes me feel ill thinking about it. I suppose the saddest thing is that some American’s seem to be so obsessed with the ‘dream’ of corporate greed that they don’t see how innately unfair their system is.