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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Savages of Stockholm

Europe has many fine traditions. Its newest tradition is the burning car. Why burn cars? Because, as George Mallory once said of mountains, they're there. There are lots of cars around and if you're a member of a perpetually unemployed tribe that wandered up north and forages on social services, you might as well do something to pass the time.

Burning houses is a lot of work and house fires spread. Car fires are simpler. In a welfare state
everyone has houses but not everyone has cars. Burning cars is a way to stick it to those who work for a living. It's also a way to drive off the members of the sickly Swedish tribe and claim the area for your own. And it's also fun.

Either you have a plan for buying a car or for burning a car. Considering the Muslim unemployment rates in Sweden, France and everywhere else, it's safe to say the car burners don't have future plans that involve saving up for a car or taking out a loan for a car or finding work. Cars are things that they steal, either the usual way or by defrauding social services. They might get a car by dealing drugs, but those cars are disposable. One day they'll have to burn them anyway.

If you're the product of an industrialized culture, then you think of a car as a product of work. You realize that it's the product of countless raw materials, that the metals had to be dug out of the earth, that the machines that make it had to be assembled and that men had to stand around putting that into place. And you might be one of those men. And if you aren't, then you might know someone who is.

But if you come from a pre-industrial culture which may have factories, PhDs and cars, but no sense of the connection between product, innovation and effort, then why not burn a car or a city? Things fall into the category of that which you and your family own... and that which they do not. Anything in the latter category may be stolen or vandalized because it has no value.

The notion of a painting in a museum or a scientific principle or an eagle soaring over a lake having value is an abstract notion to you. Value to you is your own identity. A painting is valuable if you own it. If it sits in a museum, then you can either steal it or burn down the museum. The principle is worthless unless you can cash in on it. The eagle is worthless unless you can kill it or identify with it.

Some people would call that savagery, but that sort of talk is politically incorrect. And we all know that there are no such things as savages. The true savages are the people who use scientific principles to make cars and then use the money to commission paintings of soaring eagles for museums because they are greedy exploiters of the planet. On the other hand, the noble savages whose herds of sheep and goats turn fertile land into desert, who burned the great libraries of civilization and who believe that the hair of women emits rays that passing airplanes have to be protected from are close to nature.

A car is just a metaphor. You drive it to work because you work somewhere. You drive it on family vacations because you don't get to spend enough time with your family because you and they are all doing things. You're not sitting around your house with your two wives and eleven kids plotting new ways to scam social services. You go places because you're still the product of a culture that likes the idea of new frontiers. Your car isn't exactly Columbus' flagship, but it takes you places. It's a sign of progress. That's why you own cars, instead of burning them.

Civilization is not a product, it's a process. You can't export it. You can ship a bunch of cars to Somalia, but you can't ship the process that makes a culture build a car. You can hand out PhD's to them based on knowledge and test taking skills, but you can't endow them with a respect for ideas. You can set up democratic elections in Afghanistan and Egypt, but you can't export the process that explains why the elections shouldn't be abolished after the side with the most guns wins.

That's just as true of a lot of the second and third generation immigrants who are no more Swedes than the South Africans became Africans or the English settlers of the American Colonies became Indians. They may own iPhones, dye their hair and listen to the same music that you do, but they often don't have the same assumptions. They bought the product, but not the process. They can drive cars and when they get bored, they can burn them, because they aren't their cars. They're your cars.

And the hair dye and the music and the democratic elections aren't theirs either. Those are things they took from you and if they get bored with them, they'll put on Hijabs, ban music and go back to tyranny, because what they have is a product, not a process. They walked into the movie in the middle and they like some of it, but it's confusing and they don't understand why the hero doesn't just shoot the villain in the head, take his woman and then raise a dozen children in his lair.

After the riots die down and the fires are put out, there will be more talk about integrating them, but what are they being integrated into; a culture that doesn't resist when their cars are torched? Why would they want to join a culture that leaves you unable to protect what is yours? Why would anyone join a culture that makes you so weak and impotent that anyone can come and take what belongs to you?

It's a movie that makes sense if you were there back in the 19th, but not if you suddenly walked in around 1965 or 1995. It's the outcome of a historical process that is hard to explain to people who were never part of the process. They know how the story came out, but not why it matters. And even if they could, their priorities are different. They didn't come here to meld into some gelatinous brotherhood of man but to make life better for their clans.

Most people plan for the future, they just do it in different ways. In Sweden, they plan to buy a car. In Iraq or Somalia, they plan to have eight kids. In Sweden, there isn't supposed to be a biological tribe anymore. Everyone is meant to belong to the progressive transnational tribe which lets you have the good things in life so long as you make some kind of vague commitment to pay more and share them with others. But the savages of Stockholm already have a tribe. And their tribe isn't big on sharing and is a lot more useful in a tight spot.

While the Swedes save up for cars, the Iraqis scam social services for their eight kids. And the demographics suggest that eight kids and no cars beats two cars and one child. Keep multiplying those numbers and the future will have fewer Swedes and fewer cars and a lot more bored Iraqi kids running through what used to be genteel suburbs looking for Swedes or cars to burn.

The native multiculturalists are post-tribal, but the multiple cultures settling there aren't. It's a war that can't be discussed except with the usual accusations of xenophobia and oppression. But those are useless crutches of dogma. They don't do much to restore a burned Audi. This is a conflict between cultures that make things and cultures that take them, between cultures that live for the moment and cultures that live for the next thousand years of manifest destiny.

The Western ideal has been reduced to a personal technocratic utopia built on efficiency and it has collided in the night with an Eastern ideal of the clan and a theocratic utopia built on total purity. That is the kind of conflict that the creed of good fences for good neighbors was meant for, but there are no fences tall enough to work it out within a single nation.

Both West and East have their own processes. And both processes are colliding. The Swedes bring their cars and the savages bring their flames. The burning cars are a metaphor for the impact of Muslim immigration on Sweden and the West.

38 comments:

Infidel said...

Good points, seems similar to a "Cargo Cult" mentality (all these good things just magically appear).

Was telling as a joke "they are just setting the cars on fire to keep warm" :)

Now to finish the article. Thanks for that, enjoyable and interesting read.

Infidel said...

OK, done reading the article. Great all the way through, excellent analyses and insights, great writing, a great read.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant..Thanks..

Anonymous said...

This comparison between Savage and Industrial Swedes paradigms should be instructive to Swedes. The Swedes evolved through Savage, and should have retained an insight into that earlier stage. They must have shed violence and pillage in favor of a more peaceful and humane lifestyle. An adult can recall the follies of his youth, and appreciate his greater wisdom and better behavior. Why can't the Swedes?

Swedes see pushback against Savages as morally unworthy; by using force, they step down from their lofty aery, i.e. getting their hands and souls dirty. Certainly, parasitic, aggressive Savages see Swedes as easy hosts and victims. No contest. Think of a conflicted Woody Allen meeting a street gang.

ABSJ1136

mousey said...

with such a desperate situation to overwhelm a person, it sure is a welcome break to read such thoughtful and funny summaries of life. thanks.

Infidel said...

Oh, after reading one of the comments, the ancient Vikings adopted Christianity under the impression that Christ was a more powerful war god than their traditional pagan war gods like Odin and Thor. Somehow later on the "turn your other cheek" mentality snuck in, haven't got that far in their history though. Now the "turn the other cheek" mentality seems to be their downfall.

D.D.Mao said...

Off hand I'd say it's immigrants attempting to make a point without the messiness of strapping on that suicide vest. However as attested by riots in Baltimore and elsewhere in America torching cars and property destruction seems to be the bulldozing result of societies where left wing ideas of social engineering aren't moving fast enough for the rabble.

Anonymous said...

Sweden needs to wake up it's sleeping Viking. Otherwise the modern day barbarians will take over Valhalla.

Frau Katze said...

I'm baffled by low calibre of Swedish politician who STILL in denial. It boggles the mind.

Someone on another site pointed an interesting article on immigration. The MSM seem anxious to suppress it. It's not in a Swedish paper but in LinkedIn blog. Of all bizarre things it's written an Iranian Kurd whose parents fled Khomeini. He's an economist. He has brother who also written several books. The parents didn't give either boy an Islamic name.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sweden-brink-interview-dr-tino-sanandaji-erico-matias-tavares

Anonymous said...

How strange that liberals who believe they dwell on a higher moral plane than others would hitch wagons with the worst savages on the planet. At the morgue, pathologists examining the severed heads of kumbayah liberals note that the facial expression on the faces of the lib heads is that of complete surprise.

Rich Kozlovich said...

Excellent!!!

Anonymous said...

The twin evils responsible for western/white supplication to savages, are multi-culturalism and political correctness. The basic tenet of multi-culturalism is cultural relativism imagining no one culture is better than another. Hoping to score moral brownie points, “Westerners” now compete to prostate themselves in front of 7th century barbarians. They deny their own heritage, ignore the sacrifices of their forefathers, leave their children vulnerable to rape and urgently hasten towards “white” genocide and the demise of modern civilisation.
By opening our borders to car burners we are now responsible for the slow death of our civilisation. Dismissive of our rich Greco-Judeo-Celtic-Roman-Norman backgrounds, thousands of years of civilisation are being thoughtlessly abandoned, whilst the loss of the wonders and benefits our civilisation produced goes unremarked and unmourned.
For decades our young people have been brainwashed at school, by socialists/greens/communists, to believe our recent colonial past was inherently evil and that we must atone to the moslems, Africans or others for our sins. It is evident a large section of the population suffers from what Ayaan Hirsi Ali calls "white guilt". They fail to argue that Rome, Turkey, Saudi, China, India all had huge empires. Those empires are never denigrated. It seems only the last White British/Dutch/European Empire was "bad".
Mass immigration of moslems has resulted in daily examples of religious intolerance, which is ignored by the media which assumes the violence is a reaction to our (past or current) brutality, or is simply a charming aberrant migrant belief, which will fade away once they assimilate. But moslems have no intention of integrating. The family of 8 use our money and institutions to fund their fight against us, laughing at the useful idiots who defend the indefensible and tolerate the intolerable. As little as 2% of the population is setting the cultural agenda. 98% of the population, afraid of being called a bigot/ racist/ xenophobe or fool, keeps quiet. Our cultural politeness has been turned into political correctness and is now a weapon used against us.

Unknown said...

Process vs. product - very insightful!

Unknown said...

This is a brilliant article, as are all the others you write. I often post them to Facebook, only to be reprimanded by the Progressives (usually millennials and some a little older) that "the majority of Muslims are not like that and you have to let them migrate for religious reasons", etc., ad nauseum.

Pray Hard said...

Think of Sweden as Chauncy ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqpvvvcGtY0

Pray Hard said...

If anyone here is old enough to remember the movie "Being There" with Peter Sellers, you'll remember the scene where he tries to turn the street gang off with the TV remote. I'd say it's a very applicable metaphor for today's world.

Anonymous said...

If anyone here is old enough to remember the movie "Being There" with Peter Sellers, you'll remember the scene where he tries to turn the street gang off with the TV remote. I'd say it's a very applicable metaphor for today's world.

R Hammond said...

Agree totally. Two points.

1. The six cars burned? They were all from Rinkeby the suburb, the ghetto area itself. They burned the cars of their own neighbors and associates....who likely don't have insurance to cover something like this. The few people in Rinkeby who are trying to get ahead and eventually move out of the ghetto....slammed by these punks.

2. Most middle-to-upper income folks aren't worried, but it's mostly because they are quietly planning to buy a house or property outside of Stockholm, and just drive into work. They can't fix the problem, so just relocate outside of the shadow. Isn't that the same mentality from Atlanta, Memphis, Chicago, Philly, NY?

I noticed a comment by a Stockholm city cop....when they get calls to a 'bad' neighborhood....it's never a two-man patrol. They stage a plan (at least four cars with 8 guys), and one guy is just there to guard the vehicles. Isn't that like the US Army tactics in Iraq from a decade ago? Funny how you notice things like that.

Anonymous said...

A couple "process" examples:

Long ago in Syria, I walking with a Syrian acquaintance in his neighborhood. A neighbor was unsuccessfully cranking his car. I helped by manually pushing, car started, neighbor drove away. My acquaintance, English speaker and sophisticated, couldn't grasp why anyone would do such a useless thing.

Frequent question in the Middle East to Western travelers: How can you afford to travel all the time? No thought that we spent the rest of the year producing to pay for it.

ABSJ1136

Dennis Latham said...

I am Catholic Crusader. Muslims hate us and we hate them. It's genetic after thousands of years. You can't reason with Muslims. Years of inbreeding and tribalism have destroyed human compassion in them. I don't care what Muslims say about accepting others and peace and all that garbage. They want to kill us if we are not Muslim. I don't understand how and why people don't understand this fact. Liberals are total idiots who will be slaughtered by the millions.

hmmm said...

Thank you Daniel! I have to admit, i occasionally use one of your well worded phrases to make these points with others, spreading the good word, and I so appreciate your sharing your talents.

j4d3 goat said...

I view Westerners who support the immigration of Muslims as being less intelligent than animals. Why?
Because even animals protect their homes and territories. Pro-Islam Westerners (and Swedes in particular) sure as hell don't. They have been completely pussyfied by 50+ years of leftist brainwashing - the leftists' "long march" through the schools, teacher training colleges, universities, media and political bodies.

Andy Texan said...

Daniel, you are being too kind to the root cause of this culture clash. The progressive communist Left wing are the root cause. They are deconstructing Western Civilization either by conspiracy or stupidity. Regardless of their motives, the Left must be actively suppressed. First here in the US then in Europe. Let a 1000 jail cells be filled by the cream of the Left wing intelligentsia and cultural icons!

Anonymous said...

The cultural divide:
Savages: you give them love, they give you hell (cars torched, daughters raped)
Conversely you give them hell and they love you, in return.
Civilized: you give love and expect to receive in kind in return. Reciprocity is the corner stone of civilization. This is a Eurocentric bias at work, not a universal human trait¡
Lefty/liberal aka stupid Swedes: savages are hurting you, therefore more love is the solution¡ Bunch of aficionados.

Infidel said...

Just read a long article in NR, somewhat minimizing the problems in Sweden. What most irritates me is that they use static analysis, rather than dynamic analysis (rates of change). One can see with experience they are headed off the cliff, but according to static analysis, they aren't there yet, so everything is fine :)

tonynoboloney said...

This same thing is happening in Americas heartland. Government officials are placing muslim "refugees" into our small communities, usually 2 or 3 women with a few children and 2 or 3 dozen 15 to 35 year old men. It is a prescription for madness. These muslim men never seek employment, nor do they ever attempt to learn English. They quickly become bored, form gang like proportions and create havok, most are continually on the prowl for a white mate. Its nuts.

Unknown said...

The Dark Ages crowd remind me of the Cargo Cult in the South Pacific in the second world war: aping the actions and appearance of the first-worlders, with no understanding of the science and engineering or the principles underlying it all.

"After World War II anthropologists discovered that an unusual religion had developed among the islanders of the South Pacific. It was oriented around the concept of cargo which the islanders perceived as the source of the wealth and power of the Europeans and Americans. This religion, known as the Cargo Cult, held that if the proper ceremonies were performed shipments of riches would be sent from some heavenly place. It was all very logical to the islanders. The islanders saw that they worked hard but were poor whereas the Europeans and Americans did not work but instead wrote things down on paper and in due time a shipment of wonderful things would arrive.

"The Cargo Cult members built replicas of airports and airplanes out of twigs and branches and made the sounds associated with airplanes to try to activate the shipment of cargo.

"Although the existence of the Cargo Cult only became known after World War II the cult had developed long before, when the Europeans first arrived in the area in ships. There were legends among the islanders of their distant ancestor-god having journeyed to the west and promised to someday return. The West was thought to be the land of the dead."

Unknown said...

Link for cargo cult quotation: http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/cargocult.htm

jimb82 said...

No one flies an airplane designed by Muslims. Or drives a car, for that matter. Or uses a phone, or even a toaster. The aversion to modernity means that they will buy and use the fruits of our culture, but they can't replicate the culture that creates these things.

Anonymous said...

So is Islam both a process and a product?

Dennis Sylvester said...

"The Swedes bring their cars and the savages bring their flames."

In Texas,we bring our guns. As one would be "immigrant" found out recently. The jogger he tried to rob, shot him 3 times... in the groin.

Sultan of Spin said...

Once again a great article, Daniel is one of the greatest word smith
this century. Lets all vote for Daniel to be an adviser to the new
President of the USA.

Anonymous said...

Just perfect. Really enjoyed this.

Jeremy1Esq said...

You'll know the transformation is complete when they are burning more Swedes than cars.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the relatively new and seldom-seen twist and understanding. Great insight, wasted on most of the Western, and all of the Eastern, world--which, as you might recall, is still explodin', violence flaring, bullets loadin'. . . .

Anonymous said...

I am Swedish and I say, thank you, Daniel, excellent article.

jaynie said...


Infidel said...
Oh, after reading one of the comments, the ancient Vikings adopted Christianity under the impression that Christ was a more powerful war god than their traditional pagan war gods like Odin and Thor. Somehow later on the "turn your other cheek" mentality snuck in, haven't got that far in their history though. Now the "turn the other cheek" mentality seems to be their downfall.
23/2/17

Interesting. You answered the questions rolling around in my head, 'But where are the men, for heaven's sake? Weren't Scandinavian men brutal Vikings at one time?'

Unknown said...

What is not being dissected in any meaningful way (at least I haven't come across it yet) is why elites continue to be in charge in every country that defends the mass importation of those who will bring about the demise of western civilization. What the hell is happening? I have no doubt that Angela Merkel has more than a sporting chance of winning her upcoming election. How? Are we delusional in thinking that showing up to vote is a meaningful gesture? Our own recent election shows that a large number of people did not have their expectations met, for which we are continuing to pay a price. France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, even after Brexit. Seriously. How do elites maintain a stranglehold on power around the civilized world? Do people in Sweden, while watching their cars burn and their women and children under physical assault, connect those actions in any way with the politicians who have thrown open the doors?

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