4 'Incendiary' Charts For Trouble In Socialist Paradise

Tyler Durden's picture

Anytime a free market guy rails against central planning and socialism, there is always someone who stands up and says “what about Sweden?” Ah, Sweden... a socialist’s paradise... a place where taxes are among the highest in the world, few people are wealthy, and the government is involved in people’s lives from cradle to grave. And in all of these government surveys on ‘happiness’, places like Sweden, Norway, and Denmark consistently rank among the happiest countries in the world. Well… the veneer is cracking. The riots we first noted here continue and these foru charts may offer some of in the incendiary material for why. As we noted recently, the benefits that have kept Europe relatively 'social-unrest-free' so far are starting to run dry. People in North America who are rapidly being dragged into a welfare state should pay very close attention... because this is the future that awaits.


Via Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog,


Though the coverage has been limited, there’s been rioting in Sweden over the past week, specifically in the immigrant-dense suburbs around Stockholm where 80% of the population are first or second-generation immigrants.

Dan West, my right hand man at Sovereign Man, is actually Swedish and on the ground right now in the country. He recently sent me a note describing the situation:

Hundreds of cars are burning. Schools were set on fire. Police stations were set on fire. Businesses were vandalized. Rioters clashed with police. Hundreds of masked rioters ran wild in the streets.


Seeing photos and video of this you’d think it was a war zone in some unstable part of the world, not Stockholm.


Allegedly it started last week because the police fatally shot a 69-year-old man who wielded a machete in public. Now people are angry and destroying things.


Swedish politicians say the root causes of these riots are inequality of the immigrant minorities.


Bear in mind, this is a place so obsessed with equality that the words “him” and “her” have been blended into “hem”… and taxpayers fork over 70% of their income to ensure that everyone can live to an equal level.


But to those of us living outside of this statist bubble, the real problem is obvious: however well-intentioned they may be, welfare states almost always attract people who want to be taken care of at the expense of others.


And ultimately this engenders serious conflict… between those who are on the receiving end, and those on the paying end.


Occasionally this conflict becomes violent. And that’s exactly what’s been playing out.


The government has all sorts of propaganda to influence the way Swedes view the welfare state and convince us that we should pay huge taxes to support others.


In other words, we should not be economically free so that others can live for free. This is the definition of a welfare state.


And in addition to such ‘thought controls’, the Swedish government also rules with capital controls, people controls, and media controls.


The government here tries to churn citizens out as if we’re widgets coming off a factory line, influencing everything from what we think to how we spend our time.


Yet despite such a finely-tuned system, the capital suburbs practically turned into a war zones over the past week.


The politicians here claim it can all be fixed with more redistribution of wealth. It’s not enough that the average working Swede pays ~70% in taxes; if only they could extract 80% or 90% in taxes, they could solve everything!


If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.


People have the wrong idea of this place. It is not a well-functioning welfare state. Any system based on giving people something for nothing, and sticking hard-working, productive citizens with the bill, is doomed to fail. Sweden is no exception.


People in North America who are rapidly being dragged into a welfare state should pay very close attention… because this is the future that awaits.”

And via Bloomberg, some of the potentially incendiary reasons for the ongoing riots:

The recent riots in Stockholm may highlight widening divisions within Swedish society generated by rising inequality, cuts in welfare spending and a failure to integrate immigrants. Inequality has increased the most in Sweden of any OECD member country over the past 25 years.


Inequality has increased by one-third since 1985, according to the OECD. Sweden has dropped to 10th place from first in 1995 in the OECD’s ranking of income distribution after the nation’s Gini coefficient rose to 0.27 from 0.21.The average income of the top 10 percent of income earners was more than six times that of the bottom 10 percent in 2008. That compares with a ratio of about four to one during the 1990s.


The incidence of child poverty is more than five times as common to people whose parents were born outside Sweden, a report from Save the Children Sweden shows. Those born outside the country account for 14.3 percent of the population of 9.1 million. Sweden ranked fourth in terms of the total number of asylum seekers and second in terms of the number of asylum seekers relative to the population, according to UN data comparing 44 countries.

Employment Gap

Sweden has one of the largest employment gaps between natives and foreign-born residents of any OECD country. Employment rates between local and immigrant workers differ by more than 30 percentage points in some areas, according to Statistics Sweden. The unemployment rate among immigrants from countries outside the EU was 16.5 percent in 2011, compared with 5.7 percent for native Swedes, Statistics Sweden says.


Sweden’s welfare state has been squeezed by about 140 billion kronor of tax cuts since 2006, Eurostat data show. That has contributed to tax revenue as a share of GDP falling to 44.3 percent, below Denmark’s figure of 47.7 percent in 2011. Income taxes and cash benefits play a greater role in redistributing income in Sweden, reducing inequality by about 30 percent, compared with an OECD average of 25 percent.

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firstdivision's picture

Not to worry, Fitch has them covered like they have France covered.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Socialism is great... until run out of victim to rob. Beware of tax collector with pliers.

Lost My Shorts's picture

I am skeptical of these reports that Sweden is so happy.  If you ask them, probably half are too drunk to answer.  Isn't Denmark the suicide capital of Europe?

SafelyGraze's picture

NOTICE: this article discriminates against people affiliated with socialism and discriminates against countries with high gini coefficients

it will be reported to abuse [at] zerohedge.com immediately and be removed from the system


TheGardener's picture

Is it still allowed here to comment articles like that ?

"Multicultural" experiment failing big time.

MrPalladium's picture

As you know official prohibiition of "racism" is applied selectively to only certain races that must be protected from insult from mean and nasty, yet powerless majorities. Thus, in the mind of the true egalitarian believer, multiculturalism fails not because of any defect in the protected races, but rather from the meanness and intolerance of the non protected races, about which you may say anything you wish.

So criticism of multiculturalism is a criticism of a particular social scheme that is exceptionally fragile, and is often a scheme imposed from above to make political opposition to the governing elites much more difficult in a democratic society. But criticism of the scheme and revealing its true purpose is not racism but rather a criticism of ruling elites who favor that system of social and political control.

koperniuk666's picture

Excellent post Mr P - You got oyur point across and even a warp brained Marxist lawyer couldnt accuse you of anything!


Well done.

i wish we could just speak the truth - it would be so much easier......

jwoop66's picture

Sweden "failed to integrate immigrants"... 


Isn't it up to the immigrant to assimilate?

ThirdWorldDude's picture

How do you assimilate second generation immigrants raised by the state and living in a ghetto?


Shout-out to Tyler: You've misssed Sweden's most important chart - Household debt over Disposable income

jwoop66's picture

what's a "second generation" immigrant?    Are you talking about the children of immigrants?  Why wouldn't a parent assimilate as soon as possible to the new home country; even if only help his own children?

Auroch's picture

That's what I ask myself every time I eat Italian pasta. Or a nice Indian curry.

What's wrong with these people -- why can't they integrate.

Never got the hang of calculus myself tbh

Gumbum's picture


USA have more suicides then both Norway, Sweden and Denmark.


Jumbotron's picture

"Socialism is great... until run out of victim to rob. Beware of tax collector with pliers."

Repo Men.....under Obama Care


ronaldawg's picture

A oldie but goody:



Im from Sweden which I think is the least religious country in the world and I can tell you there is no better place in the world to be poor.

All the benefits, free quality schooling and quality healthcare is, off course, financed by taxes from the productive class.

High taxes sucks obviously but so does having tunnelpeople. 

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 18:26 | 3443155 ronaldawg


Ah - Sweden - with a population less than Ohio or 1/35th of the population of the United States.

Sweden also has a Muslim time bomb waiting to go off. 

Socialism combined with unfettered immigration is a recipie for disaster.  You may have it good now because you THINK you got past the housing bubble, and the ballooning debt crisis but you will eventually run out of other people's money.



kralizec's picture

You may experience some slight discomfort.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

It only hurts for the first few minutes.  Then it starts to feel good!!

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

... when hopium is kick in, but withdrawal is pure hell.

francis_sawyer's picture

Hey Simon... "Trouble in Paradise"


Was this your inspiration?


...or was it this?


Miss Expectations's picture
Jewish activist promotes "multicultural mode" for Europa: Sample Sweden


otto skorzeny's picture

Annika Henroth is another Swedish Zionist Israeli-First-er

francis_sawyer's picture

Do as I say, not as I do...


& the goosesteppers are falling all over themselves to be good "DO-BEES" & comply...

ThirdWorldDude's picture

From a comment that I recently posted on another thread:

"Unlike in the cases of Breivik and previously Lasermannen which were labeled extreme right-wingers and turned into media sensationalism, now Swedish propaganda whores are suddenly afraid. Well, it has to do with yiddish being one of Sweden's official languages.

More on Swedish digital propaganda machine"

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

This is what happens when you run out of "other peoples money".

insanelysane's picture

I don't need a job but I do need an income.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

I don't want a job but I do need an income.


Lore's picture

Possible analogy

Seagull Feeding Frenzy (3rd party YouTube vid)

Stuck on Zero's picture

The happiest house in the block is the one burning through credit, partying, shopping, and letting the kids run amuck.


F. Bastiat's picture

Socialism can never stand.

El Oregonian's picture

True, snakes have no feet, they only slither about.

Slightly Insane's picture

Bastiat - you are 100% correct.  The Socialism thing only works as long as you have a denominator (the parasite class) that can vote themselves benefits from the numerator (productive class).  The "statist politician" has  to rmove the wealth from the productive class before it can be transferred to the parasite class.  What do you suppose happens when the productive class executes it's other options?  The Gameis OVER.  The politician will find himself wearing a 13 knot neck tie at the end of a long rope.

Motorhead's picture

Thanks, Simon.  Nice to see that 35E training being put to good use.

Mercury's picture

Simon has missed the net, rim and backboard here.  This is not a story about inequality or "haves" and have-nots".

You can pull off a Sweden only if you have a very culturally homogenous population.

But even Sweden is becoming less culturally homogenous.  It's as simple as that.

The representative of England’s immigrant community who butchered a British soldier in broad daylight last week was likely collecting more in welfare benefits than the soldier was making in salary.  Who is the “have-not” there?

Japan has some issues, to put it mildly but the problems that come with multiculturalism are noticeably absent.


EmileLargo's picture

One reason Japan won't fall apart is that the Japanese won't turn on each other. They will work out a "consensus" somehow. harder to do if you have a culturally fractured country in which all sorts of differences run amok.

Mercury's picture

Agreed but what I'm trying to delicately get across here is that this story isn’t actually about Swedes turning on each other either.

Don’t get me wrong, I think this kind of thing is a real shame especially at this point in history but I also think that what is being manifested here are some very intractable elements of human nature. Plus, from a purely practical standpoint, it's hard enough being all things to all people when everyone looks, walks and talks the same...


My personal sympathies aren’t entirely one-sided either. I mean, can you imagine being a 16 yr. old Muslim male waking up on the Planet of Hot Women  every day?

EmileLargo's picture

The hot women have nothing to do with it. These are people who have been given free everything and not had to do an honest day's work. Like kids with rich parents who have never been disciplined. we know how that movie ends. 

Paveway IV's picture

"...One reason Japan won't fall apart is that the Japanese won't turn on each other..."

Starving Japanese trying to feed their kids will barbecue the rich as eagerly as anyone else on earth. Yeah, it hasn't got that bad there... yet.

Mercury's picture

Well, they’d probably politely ask permission first…

EmileLargo's picture

Nobody is going to starve. Argentina has had repeated hyperinflations in the last century and no one starved. How many Japs were starving when the USDJPY was 360 in 1971?

Dapper Dan's picture

Guess who is coming to KKR?

After sex scandal, ex-CIA chief Petraeus takes Wall Street job 

Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, attempting to rebuild his reputation after he resigned as CIA director last year over an extramarital affair, will take a new job with investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, the firm said on Thursday.


NotApplicable's picture

LOL, I'm not sure one wants a KKR 'reputation.'

Miss Expectations's picture

David's Orientation at KKR...  Simply say "I don't recall" or "I have no memory of that" or  "I wasn't informed"  or "I have no knowledge." 

We'll start you at $500,000/year.  We're good?  Good.

insanelysane's picture

And you'll be able to fuck over more people.

darteaus's picture

At least he resigned off the public dime, unlike Holder ($199/yr), Lois Lerner (Leave of Absence at $177K/yr), Susan Rice (up for promootion), Hillary (up for big promotion), Barry Sotero ($400k/yr), etc.

elementary's picture

Barry Soetoro, aka One Night Fuck, has made more than $5.5 million since being in office and will assuredly make multiples of that once he leaves office, no matter which way he leaves.

Clowns on Acid's picture

KKR paying him to keep quiet. He didn't have time to write a book.

piliage's picture

This comment is more ironic than you intend. I suggest you google ikea tax structure and learn how The family that owns ikea pays virtually no tax through a complex Dutch holding company with a Luxembourg non profit Organization.

TuesdayBen's picture

The Scandinavians aren't happy cuz of their Gubmint, but because they are good lookin.

Would you be happy if you woke up next to Tiger Woods' ex?

Toolshed's picture

Not if I have to support her extravagant lifestyle! Hookers would be much cheaper and allow you to diversify your assets. Globalization baby!