Thursday, January 30, 2014
Swede-Bashing Brit Tells Why Sweden Is Like China
Via The Local: His thesis that Sweden is the China of the north gave English author Michael Booth some considerable Swedish headline space this week. He talks about myth-busting and the Swedish love of weapons. Booth took something of a swipe at Sweden and its Nordic neighbors with a piece published in the Guardian entitled Dark lands: the grim truth behind the "Scandinavian miracle". "(Sweden) continues to thrive economically thanks to its distinctive brand of totalitarian modernism", Booth argued in the piece, "which curbs freedoms, suppresses dissent in the name of consensus, and seems hell-bent on severing the bonds between wife and husband, children and parents, and elderly on their children. Think of it as the China of the north".