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    'Swedishness Can't Only Be About Herring and Potatoes'

    Without a concept of "Swedishness" that can be shared by all, integration won't succeed in Sweden nor will it be a country that has a place for immigrants, argues argues Bosian war refugee Jasenko Selimovic of the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet).

    "Where are you from?" I ask the taxi driver who takes me to the airport in Sweden.

    "Somalia."

    "Where is 'home'? Somalia or Sweden?"

    "Somalia."

    "Do you feel Swedish?"

    "No, not in the least. It takes several generations to become Swedish."

    When I land in Washington, DC to study integration in the United States, I pose the same questions.

    "Is 'home' Afghanistan (where the taxi driver comes from) or here?"

    "Here, of course."

    "Do you feel American?"

    "Of course. What else would I be?"

    This is discouraging. The Americans, and several other nations, have obviously been better at developing a sense of belonging; both among their immigrants, and among their majorities.

    Sweden has failed to do so.
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    Well, maybe this has to do with the fact that Swedish also refers to a very specific ethnicity, while the term American doesn't? Even though the Swedish PC elites in the media, the political establishment etc. just love to deny that there exists anything such as a Swedish ethnic group (which would consist of the majority of Swedens population), this is a fact that most people are aware of, including the immigrants. Even the most extreme PC-fundamentalist in the Establishment will occasionally come dangerously close to admitting this - that is, if it's about criticizing the Swedish majority in order to praise the glorious, discriminated minorities, of course...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olavsson View Post
    Well, maybe this has to do with the fact that Swedish also refers to a very specific ethnicity, while the term American doesn't? Even though the Swedish PC elites in the media, the political establishment etc. just love to deny that there exists anything such as a Swedish ethnic group (which would consist of the majority of Swedens population), this is a fact that most people are aware of, including the immigrants. Even the most extreme PC-fundamentalist in the Establishment will occasionally come dangerously close to admitting this - that is, if it's about criticizing the Swedish majority to praise the glorious, discriminated minorities, of course...
    They threw the cart before the horse, they allowed the immigrants to come here without asking the Swedish people and without taking our ethnic community into consideration. They could let the immigrants in by using their legislative power, but they can't legislate away an ethnic community. Now they tell us to accept their idea of Swedishness, of merely holding a Swedish citizenship, so that the identity conforms with their immigration policy.

    It is both despicable and delusional of them to think that they can first ignore our opinions entirely, and then tell us to change our understanding of reality to suit their whims and wishes. We're supposed to change an historic community into an abstraction of no substance or value to us, just because they didn't deem it necessary to seek a mandate from the people, the way a democracy is supposed to work, before they opened the borders and initiated the never ending foreign onslaught.

    If our politicians want to manufacture a community via politically designed terms and the people be damned they should move to North Korea where such projects are still in fashion. Abstract Marxist rewrites of humanity has a rather limited appeal, but how are they supposed to know when they are living inside the ideologically inbred bubble of politics and media.

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