|Inside the cave-like used bookstore in Helsingborg for our talk two nights ago|
While visiting Stockholm, Helsinki, Gothenburg, Helsingborg,
and Malmo we’ve learned much about the drastic changes now underway in Scandinavia. The US and NATO cultural and military
colonization of this part of the world has been a constant theme in our
discussions with local activists.
One woman in Malmo told us, “Our Swedish culture is being erased.” She reported that about 80% of Swedish TV is
American programming. I can attest to that fact as the one time I turned on a
TV and surfed the available channels it was more than surprising to see program
after program from the US. Her husband
remarked that people no longer go to meetings – they go to work and come home
and turn on the TV.
We heard that virtually the entire nation had been
programmed to root for Hillary Clinton during the last election. When Trump surprisingly pulled off his
electoral college victory mothers had to take their children aside and reassure
them as the kids shook in fear of the new American president.
A man in Malmo remarked, “Swedish leaders look to America
but now with Trump in office they don’t know what to do.” (It might be a good time for a course in
We learned that in recent years’ conservative Swedish
governments have privatized much of the national stock of publicly owned
apartments forcing people to take out expensive loans to purchase their
flats. The length of the loans will outlive
most of the new ‘owners’ and as a result many people who had routinely voted
for the Communist party are now voting for the conservatives. The new land
owners fear property tax increases as the valuation of their housing has shot upward
toward the moon. They must now protect
The once strong sense of community and civic participation
has dried up in the growing capitalist desert that now dominates Sweden. As we walked down a well-lit street in
Helsingborg a youngish man described how the local pubs, that used to be filled
with political activists and vigorous debate, have closed and been transformed
into ‘plastic’ watering holes for the trendy who have little interest in
current affairs. When people no longer
are in touch with their own history their moorings are cut loose and they drift
dangerously in the rough seas of present times.
This is the story of corporate globalization and you can
hear similar tales whether in Romania, India, South Korea, the US, or most
other places. The public has been
conditioned toward consumerism, info-tainment, depoliticization and a
historical/political amnesia that ensures total bankster control.
Insert into this vacuum the current anti-Russia demonization
by the corrupt forces that see Moscow and Beijing as primary obstacles to complete
western (US-NATO) domination of the planet’s resources and economic system. Thus, legions of people throughout the world
are daily smothered with stories of a resurgent Russian bear bent of invading
Europe to recreate the Soviet Union.
People with little interest in, or knowledge of, actual
global affairs are shepherded like willing lambs into allowing their tax monies
to be shifted into NATO coffers to buy more weapons to encircle a largely
defensive Russia and China. Moscow has a
vast northern border and as the Arctic Sea melts western fossil fuel pirates drool
over the thought of a potential gold mine from drilling in the region.
Thus, not only are the people of the Nordic nations being
dumbed down they are being prepared for war with Russia to ensure the
successful balkanization of the nation that Napoleon and Hitler failed to
deliver to the western bankers. This
time nuclear weapons are in the military mix but the desperate US imperial puppeteers
seem willing to roll the dice anyway as they fear their own demise before the
takedown of Moscow and Beijing can be delivered to Wall Street and London’s