sometimes tumblr’s US-centric social justice makes me so fucking frustrated. Right now sweden’s third biggest party are literally neo-nazis and our elections couldn’t even get onto trending tags today, goddamit.
Okay, so the post is gaining notes and people are confused, so to explain what the hell is going on:
Swedish elections held were on last Sunday, 14th September. We’ve had a right-leaning government the past eight years and after this there will be a change of power. The new party, Socialdemocrats (S) gained a total of 31% percent. The old party, Moderaterna (M) gained 21%.
Sverigedemokraterna (SD) gained a total of 12.9%. Their policy is racist, Islamophobic, anti-immigration, anti-refugee, anti-diversity, anti-LGBT+, and anti-feminist. Basically, they tick every box on the douchebag lottery.
If you’re here to argue that they’re ~not actually~ Nazis: 1) Fuck you. 2) Fuck the horse the you rode in on. 3) I hope you get stepped on by a moose, you ignorant asswipe.
- they literally started as neo nazis. They have used a Neo-Nazi movement as campaign slogans,
- party members have assaulted immigrants with iron pipes (tw for racialised violence),
- worn Nazi symbols
- supported and helped build Neo-Nazi group SvP.
There’s probably more, but I don’t have links on hand.
They’ve been having rallies and demonstrations all over Sweden, and people have shown up just to turn their back on them and protest (this post explains it better).
In the 2010 elections, SD were pretty much considered no better than neo-Nazis and only got 5.7% votes - it put them in 6th place and was just enough to get them into parliament. In the elections before that, they got about 2.9%. In the past four years, they’ve grown exponentially in Sweden.
They’ve also run extremely extensive PR campaigns, appealing to the youth, kicking out members “exposed” of being racist, (note: these members often end up in SvP) and picking up buzzwords from the Socialdemocrats’ ideology.
29% of votes they gained this year were from swing voters who previously voted M, and the biggest gain have been in the south, in small towns and the countryside:
This is not something that’s just going on in Sweden. Europe has seen an influx of extreme-right parties over the last decade or so, often thinly disguised as a party that puts ‘traditional values’ and ‘national interest’ first.
In Greece and Hungary they’ve already been in power. In Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Finland France and UK, extreme-right-wing parties have been voted into the EU.
Because here’s the thing: we’ve forgotten what it looks like. We’ve gotten to the point where we’ve turned Nazism into a cartoonish lampoon of goose-stepping, uniforms and moral lessons that “we’ll never be like them~”, ignoring the fact nationalism is not as cut-and-dry two ends of an extreme but exists on a scale.
People have been apologising for SD’s actions for a while now because they’re not considered “extremist enough” to be neo-Nazis, because they don’t share the same beliefs, because they’ve “publicly denounced” SvP.
But the same people still get hurt. Still SD has the institutional and systematic power and privilege to oppress, degrade and humiliate people of colour, which they already have done. Stop making excuses for them. Stop making leeways for right-wing-extremists because that is how they gain tract.
Please spread this.
Anonymous said: Am I the only one not looking forward to playing as an Inquisitor in this new game? Inquisitions, historically, have never been good things, nor have the people who led them. So I'm not exactly thrilled that we've gone from heroes and champions to being the guy who bsasically goes around on witch hunts and targets innocents.
It is true the real life associations with Inquisitions are dark ones and it was most likely intentional, because we can probably play that way. You probably do have the choice to hunt down innocent and oppress people, and that should be interesting (as well as horrifying).
However, the Inquisition was perspective. The Inquisitors believed themselves heroes at the time, and while that didn’t make them right (at all) it is no different than playing Hawke (who destroyed a whole city by upsetting power balances) and the Warden (who made significant, split-second decisions on things they had no business messing with). Heroes are perspective too, best case example in Dragon Age is Anders, some think he is a hero and others the villain.
That said and real life associations aside, an Inquisition is actually defined as a group of people who question and interrogate, meaning torture and other methods are available, but in no way required.
Also Thedas’ Inquisition was oppressing and hunting down blood mages, the witch hunts in this case were valid and they were not originally associate with the Andrastian faith. They believed the Chantry had its failings as well, but ultimately combined with the Chantry in order to bolster support and strength. Thedas’ Inquisition was a neutral party for the most part and they rarely, if ever, turned to twisted or corrupt methods. They even refused to please the major groups of power in Thedas, by not taking sides.
Others say they were cast in a negative light by history because their investigations and even application of justice, protecting both mages and common people impartially, crossed too many powerful groups.
The Inquisition in this case has the ability to be a good thing, to be a neutral party and do things right. Still Bioware will no doubt, give us the ability to be just as tyrannical and awful as the real life Inquisitions were.
If nothing else anon, it might feel refreshing or fun to play the villains for once or even just dip into those moral greys of no one is in the right (something this fandom has since avoid with their strongly black and white views).
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