So, glorious freedom or a whiff of fascism?

The flowing locks are long gone, but Frank has lost none of his Beatles-era idealism as he steers this small southern Swedish city (population 89,000) to becoming fossil-fuel free by 2030 – a target the council, led by Frank, agreed as long ago as 1991, becoming the first city in the world to do so.

Shrug, well, if they want to, why not?

“Each citizen must contribute,” he says by way of explanation. “You can’t just blame others and expect them to do something. You have to start with yourself: the way you purchase, the way you live, the way you drive, the way you use transport, heat and electricity. Demand is very important to making change.”

Slight whiff of the Birkenstock stamping on a human face forever there, no?

Frank puts his city’s success down to the fact that in Sweden, income tax revenues go directly to municipal councils which have huge discretion over how they are spent – and the eight political parties, which span the political spectrum, have over the years been united about the green agenda. “We don’t even debate it at a local level. You could say there are eight green parties.”

No political choice, eh?

The nursery school is where Växjö begins grooming its green citizens of the future. From the age of one, they learn how to sort their waste, teacher Lena Rydell says, and how to value nature during frequent outings in the nearby forest.

Child indoctrination?


18 thoughts on “So, glorious freedom or a whiff of fascism?”

  1. I’d say ‘the latter’, but let’s wait and see what the punishments are for shunning the Glorious Future and ‘purchasing unwisely’.

    if it’s being sent to Coventry by the hippies, well, that sounds less like a punishment than a bonus!

  2. This is what living in a theocracy looks like. Of course, this being Sweden, they’ll soon be swapping it for another one with somewhat different priorities.

  3. Up here in Uppsala they recently banned investments in fossil fuels, and I’m sure I spotted something in a local paper the other day where they were confidently predicting that nobody would be buying a petrol or diesel car in the city in 2022. Good luck with that.

    I don’t feel it’s quite green totalitarianism here just yet but I don’t find many Swedes particularly understanding if you happen to have doubts over the “conventional wisdom”…

  4. Getting kids to tidy up and taking them for walks in the park is standard for early years education worldwide, not just in Sweden. They’re doing the same things they’ve always done, just with a cuddly green label. Nothing to see here.

  5. Fine, as long as this doesn’t rely on subsidies from the taxpayers of the rest of the country, or the EU.
    I bet it does.

  6. “From the age of one, they learn how to sort their waste,…”

    Next week Terry writes on why faith schools.are really evil, warping the minds of children too young to resist.

  7. Sweden’s pretty much been like this for decades:

    ”The New Totalitarians is a 1971 book by British author Roland Huntford. Huntford analyzes the political and social climate of early 1970s Sweden, and argues that it resembles a benevolent totalitarian state in the mould of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. The main thesis was that the Swedish government relied less upon the violence and intimidation of the old totalitarians than upon sly persuasion and soft manipulation in order to achieve its goals. The influence of the state and official ideology were the most visible in the most private of matters, where little or no consciously “political” control had stretched before.

    Looked like that when I lived there for six months in 1979.

  8. It will be interesting to see whether the very substantial number of refugees find this indoctrination, especially on the rights of homosexuals (and indeed all of the various victim groups encapsulated in the memorable LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM acronym) and equal rights for women, to their taste – my money’s on the Syrians (and Afghans/Eritreans/Libyans etc) rejecting parts of this in pretty short order once they are firmly ensconced on the Swedish Welfare state….

  9. It’s not totalitarian in the slightest, given that anyone can move away to another part of Sweden if they wish.

    It’s also worth noting that Swedish green is not like our green. Over here it’s all batshit rainbows-and-kittens stuff, but over there they predominantly only refer to the good bits as ‘green’. So they’d count, e.g., not littering as being green, whereas over here the greenies would be wittering on about not having anything to discard in the first place. That’s what they mean when they say everyone agrees on green policies.


    Uppsala is a fair bet as about the first place on the planet that will work, given Swedish taxes on new cars, fuel, and so-on.

  10. Since two-thirds of Swedes want the destruction of their own country we really should oblige them.

    If we still had national nerve the invasion and conquest of Sweden is not a bad idea. Take it over, expel the islamics and run the place under new management. The third of Swedes with guts and a regard for their homeland could be put in charge of the others so that British rule would be very light on them.. Sweden leaves the EU and the cash that used to go there comes to the UK instead. And we have cheap winter holidays and skiing for all. Swedish women are physically attractive but poisoned with femmi-crap so obviously a new zeitgeist of harmony between the sexes would need to be created. The methods are already in place over there. It is just the direction of travel that needs must change.Soon every Briton could aspire to a beautiful blonde on his arm and a brood of little angels at his hearth. But with Swedish willingness to do what they are told this should be no problem for the gutless two-thirds of their populace. After all the third with any spirit will be running the show under licence from us. It could work out very nicely for all concerned except leftist scum, femmi-pukes and RoP fanatics. And who cares about them?

  11. On the radio last night was something about online-ordering entrepruneors in China. The town mayor was saying “some of our people just rent out their property to the businesses and live off the rent. We’re trying to persuade them they must set up an online business just like everybody else instead of lazily living off their rent.”

    What? But I may be no good at online retailing. Or I may just *want* to minimise the effort I go to in order to be able to live my life (ie be “lazy”). I may just *want* to sit in the sun in my little rural field after 50 years of back-breaking toil instead of moving to the city and living in a concrete box, but the Mayor sees that he must force people to fit into his vision.

  12. “It’s not totalitarian in the slightest, given that anyone can move away to another part of Sweden if they wish.”

    Not yet. Totalitarian states eventually must build walls to keep people in. As long as the people can come and go as they wish, the Växjö experiment is fine.

    OT: what would you call people from Växjö? Växjöians? Växjöites? Screwed?

  13. It’s not totalitarian in the slightest, given that anyone can move away to another part of Sweden if they wish.

    The purpose of government is not typically to drive us from our homes, Dave.

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