Reading "A German man's history" (Geschichte eines Deutschen) or "Defying Hitler", written by Sebastian Haffner in 1939 about the decades leading up to the Nazis coming to power.

Made me think about current Swedish politics.


About the Reichstag fire in 1933: "Only the morning after did I read about the fire in the parliament building, and not until noon did I hear about the arrests [people sent to concentration camps]. Around that time came the order abolishing the freedom of opinion and the secrecy of correspondence for private citizens and giving the police unlimited rights to [search, arrest, etc]"

Those were obvious steps for the nazis then, in 1933, when establishing their dictatorship.


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Now, in Sweden, we have similar proposals from the current government, backed by the "Sweden democrats", a party founded by nazis and other fascist-leaning people.

The government is proposing increased surveillance, violating citizens' right to privacy, and letting the police stop and search people for "looking suspicious" or wearing the wrong kind of clothes.

All cheered on by the founded-by-nazis "Sweden democrats" party.


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Today came news of a local politician for that party having an "Adolf" tatoo:

I'm disgusted by this, and also amazed: how can the current government fail to see that the whole thing looks really, really bad?

I mean, just the optics of it. Even if you want to throw away human rights and establish an authoritarian state, surely you must see that it looks bad to do it together with nazis? It's so wrong and so ugly.

How do these people think?


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>and letting the police stop and search people for "looking suspicious" or wearing the wrong kind of clothes

from what I know they have been doing that all the time


> they have been doing that all the time

Maybe they have been doing it and calling it "inre utlänningskontroll", I guess now they will be doing it more and they will start calling it something else.

@eliasr Den ska jag också läsa. Låter väldigt intressant.

Jag läste boken Oppermanns av Lion Feuchtwanger som handlar om exakt samma tidsperiod i Tyskland. 1932-1933 och skrevs under den perioden. Väldigt lätt att dra paralleller till dagens Sverige. Man blir mörkrädd.

@johansaxe ja jag kan rekommendera den här boken, väldigt intressant.

En sak han skriver om är att det var brist på meningsfulla alternativ i Tyskland på den tiden. Det fanns liksom inte två sidor där nazisterna var den ena, utan det fanns nazisterna och sen fanns det mest en oklar passivitet i övrigt.

Det kan jag känna igen lite i nutiden, att det saknas någon som med eftertryck säger att vi ska faktiskt ha ett fritt samhälle och att frihet är bra och något att vara stolt över.

@eliasr Intressant att höra, kände inte till den aspekten riktigt.

@eliasr an excellent book that everyone should read. Not because of the atrocities described in the book but for the insight how easy it is for righteous people to end up on the wrong side.

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