It’s not just Sweden.
In the latest City Journal, Bruce Bawer reports that Europeans are moving in the opposite direction from that American voters took in the most recent national election:
More and more Western Europeans, recognizing the threat to their safety and way of life, have turned their backs on the establishment, which has done little or nothing to address these problems, and begun voting for parties–”some relatively new, and all considered right-wing–”that have dared to speak up about them. One measure of the dimensions of this shift: owing to the rise in gay-bashings by Muslim youths, Dutch gays–who ten years ago constituted a reliable left-wing voting bloc–now support conservative parties by a nearly two-to-one margin.
By “these problems,” Bruce means the failure of European societies to integrate the millions of Muslims who have come to the continent. The mostly liberal governments of Western Europe (including Scandinavia) “have allowed them to form self-segregating parallel societies run more or less according to sharia.” And they sustain these parallel societies, in large part, by drawing benefits from the various governments’ generous social welfare programs.
Meanwhile, gang violence has increased, with women, Jews and gays the preferred victims. As a result, voters across the continent are turning right, with voters in Denmark, France and Italy electing more conservative governments and conservative parties are gaining strength in other nations.
It’s just the failure to integrate immigrants which is pushing Europeans to the right. It’s also economics:
Western Europeans have long paid sky-high taxes for a social safety net that seems increasingly not worth the price. These taxes have slowed economic growth. Timbro’s Johnny Munkhammar noted in 2005 that Sweden, for instance, which in the first half of the twentieth century had the world’s second-highest growth rate, had since fallen to number 14, owing to enormous tax hikes.
Guess Governor Schwarzenegger didn’t see those statistics.
The European media seems to be engaged in a process they might have learned from (or taught to) their American MSM counterparts: tarring “any nonsocialist party with the fascist brush.”