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If the Left Cares About White Privilege, Why do They Want America to be Sweden?

July 8, 2015

If progressives are all about multiculturalism and diversity, why are they so obsessed with Scandinavia?

These questions are the basis of a new column by Kevin D. Williamson of National Review…

The Whitest Privilege

The curious task of the American Left is to eliminate “white privilege” by forcing people to adopt Nordic social arrangements at gunpoint.

Progressives have a longstanding love affair with the nations of northern Europe, which are, or in some cases were until the day before yesterday, ethnically homogeneous, overwhelmingly white, hostile to immigration, nationalistic, and frankly racist in much of their domestic policy.

In this the so-called progressives are joined, as they traditionally have been, by brutish white supremacists and knuckle-dragging anti-Semites, who believe that they discern within the Nordic peoples the last remnant of white European purity and who frequently adopt Nordic icons and myths, incorporating them into an oddball cult of whiteness. American progressivism is a cult of whiteness, too: It imagines re-creating Danish society in Los Angeles, which is not full of Danish people, ascribing to Scandinavian social policies certain mystical tendencies that render them universal in their applicability.

Call it “Nordic Exceptionalism.”


You may have noticed that many people on the left love to accuse America of being a colonialist, imperialist, war mongering country which invades other lands to burn and pillage.

History tells us that the people of Scandinavia know a few things about that as well.

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