Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Sweden is not a dictatorship in any meaningful sense of the word but articles such as Ekelund’s are necessary to remind us of the dangers of a soft totalitarianism engendered by the electorate’s stubborn insistence on voting the same party into power time and time again. The Social Democrats are past masters at asserting their own moral superiority and deflecting blame, but there eventually comes a time when the wife of an alcoholic detects the patterns of dependency and breaks the cycle of abuse. Anna Ekelund is right to point out that arbitrary battle lines, such as those drawn between the sexes, only serve to divert our attention from the site of real power, which in Sweden is a bloated state constructed by the Social Democrats. It is perhaps time for Swedes to show some tough love and instigate a trial separation.