A Swedish perspective

Fjordman, the Swedish blogger who gave up his own blog just before last Christmas (how he is missed) wrote an interesting piece for Gates of Vienna. It is a good and informative read overall, detailing the slow collapse of the Swedish Model so popular also with the Dutch Left. But the sting is in its tail. It contains a warning to the political classes Europe-wide:
When enough people feel that the system isn’t working anymore and that the social contract has been breached, the entire fabric of the democratic society could unravel. What happens when the welfare state system breaks down, and there is no longer enough money to “grease” the increasing tensions between immigrants and native Europeans? And what happens when people discover that their own leaders, through the EU networks and the Euro-Arab Dialogue described by Bat Ye’or in her book “Eurabia,” have been encouraging all these Muslims to settle here in the first place?
This is probably the heart of the crisis in Western Europe. Policies are guided by the demands of the multi-cultural and collectivist ideal, not by a serious appraisal of the real dangers theatening society. And this phenomenon is not exclusive to the really Left of the political spectrum either. It has also infected thinking in the parties considered to be on the right.

It is as if the concept of 'society' is an wholly abstract, theoretical entity formed within the framework of an idealized concept of the rule of law. There is hardly any attention to the gritty details of actual society with it's myriad of problems so easily dismissed, because they do not fit the model.

One would like to scream: Wake up! But I fear it would only cause annoyed looks from the people enthralled with the next (doomed) renovation of the political system in the Netherlands. But, like Fjordman, I fear that in all this the Social Contract is all but disregarded in an conceited Father/Mother-knows-best attitude and thus breached. To the increasing annoyance of the electorate, one might add. The violent swings in election results in the Netherlands over the last 5 years bear witness to the voters increasing exasperation.

When enough people feel that the system isn’t working anymore and that the social contract has been breached, the entire fabric of the democratic society could unravel. I fear that this is a very real threat to Europes democracies right now.

Anyway, read the Fjordman piece and if you have a little time to spare, read the links as well!

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