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Until a few years ago, like most Americans, I knew very little about Sweden, apart from what I picked up through Strindberg and Ingmar Bergman films. However, since I began working for Arktos, where most of my colleagues are Swedish, they will often regale me with tales about the multicultural, ethnomasochistic nightmare that their country has become. Their latest story, however, which has been receiving quite a bit of attention on the Internet, takes the cake – literally. Last Sunday, April 15, the Swedish Minister of Culture, Lena Liljeroth, was invited to cut a cake to honor the 75th anniversary of the Swedish Artists’ Federation at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm. That in itself sounds innocuous, until one sees the cake. The cake itself was designed in the shape of an African tribal woman. In the “head” of the cake was an “Afro-Swedish” “performance artist” – I apologize for using so many quotation marks, but the irony is thick here – by the name of Makode Aj Linde, who would scream in mock pain whenever someone would cut into the cake. It turns out that this cake was intended to make Swedes more aware of the evils of female circumcision in Africa. The first piece was cut by the Minister herself, who proceeded to cut out a piece from the cake’s “naughty bits” (Linde himself referred to it as the cake’s “vagaga”) and feed it to Linde, apparently whispering, “Your life will be better after this,” to him as she did so. Photos of the “performance” can be found on Facebook (under World Art Day), and a short video of it can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCK6zvWEN_Q Needless to say, as soon as the story reached the Swedish media, many began accusing the Minister of racism, with some calling for her to resign, including the African Swedish National Association. It seems unlikely that she will, however, since, after all, the event was for a “good cause,” and the artist who came up with the idea is himself African, effectively neutralizing any possible objection which might arise, under the logic of multiculturalism. This didn’t stop the Museum from getting closed down on Tuesday when an English-speaking caller who contacted the institution said that he had planted a bomb in their building, in retaliation for their racism. The bizarreness of this incident only proves how far the ideas of multiculturalism have infected our civilization. I say our civilization, since I could well imagine this same event happening, with the same result, in America. What immediately struck me about it is how closely it comes to what many liberals imagine those of us on the “radical Right” do in our spare time. (Recall the scene in which a group of Whites hunt a Black man for sport in the 1988 film, Betrayed.) Yet here we have the supposed guardians of multiculturalism among the Swedish political and artistic elite indulging in the worst racial stereotypes imaginable (an African “tribal” woman, lying helpless while a crowd of rich White people torture her, cannibalize her and giggle), apparently contradicting the worldview they claim to uphold. There are strong neo-colonialist overtones to this event which mark it as merely a continuation of the arrogance inherent in the ideology of multiculturalism as a whole. As Alain de Benoist eloquently explains in his book Beyond Human Rights, Western nations have made it their task in recent decades to rid the world of all injustice and evil, not just at home but throughout the world. This is why we bomb
anyway. Whether one agrees with its rationale or not. and they’ll look nice when we can watch them on the National Geographic channel. right? I could also comment on how a stunt such as this could be termed “art” in the first place.and invade countries these days in the name of protecting other peoples from their own governments.” and therefore part of the civilization which is responsible for all the evils of the world. liberals (I use that term in the broadest sense. since Napoleon. or else completely out of . After all. at least multiculturalism in the United States has some basis in reality. unless one counts loaning some soldiers once in a while to join United Nations expeditions. the Romans and British. How nice those tribal women will be when they’re dancing for us. it is perfectly consistent with the insane logic of Swedish multiculturalism as it has been explained to me by Swedes. Most people accept it as an axiom these days. both military and commercial. free from guilt. How anyone who planned this event. anyway.000 per year. Therefore. however. is enough to make liberal Swedes loathe their own culture enough to feel the need to make things right for Africans – who are pouring in at the rate of 100. how better to atone for the sins of one’s people than to welcome the tempest-tossed in with open arms? There’s nothing worth saving at home. and proves that they are either incredibly stupid. with anything in them that might threaten the prevailing ideology safely removed. approximately 2 million of which are already of non-Swedish origin. conquered and ruled other peoples with the goal of exploiting them. In the history of Western empires. apparently the very fact that Sweden is part of “the West. is far more insidious and destructive than anything ever imagined in earlier times. given its history of slavery and the treatment of the Native Americans. This event begs the question: why is it the duty of Swedes to worry about the fate of African genitalia at all? Unfortunately. They haven’t even been involved in a war. as well as our own cultural past. they made little attempt to impose their values on these peoples – that wasn’t their primary goal. including the Minister. Guilt is an additional key to what is going on here. imperialism in the guise of multiculturalism and international law today. among others. and then everything will be fine. is not the idea of enforcing an abstract set of Western “values” through military and economic force upon non-Western nations itself an imperialistic act? Certainly it is. It is the essentially imperialistic nature of multiculturalism that causes these Swedish politicians and artists to appreciate the quaintness of a cake in the form of a stereotypical African woman. into a country which only has a population of 9 million. That is the ultimate goal of multiculturalism: to turn the world into a theme park. the very standards of Western liberalism arose from the very specific historical and cultural conditions of the West – therefore. Today. As it’s been explained to me. demonstrating their traditions to us vacuous European culture vultures! Let’s just get rid of that nasty genital mutilation. like museum pieces. could have thought it was a wise idea is beyond comprehension. So what do Swedes have to feel guilty about? That’s a good question. But the fact is. However. where we can “appreciate” the culture of others. and that’s a theme for another essay. to include both Republicans and Democrats. But Sweden is a country which never had any colonies and never had slavery. which we don’t like. since in foreign policy there is little difference between them) want to reshape all the nations of the world to fit their idea of how they ought to be. but most “modern art” ceased to be anything of value long ago.
If they did. perhaps they recognized how absurd this nightmarish dream of multiculturalism really is. The one thing that gives me some hope is the fact that everyone witnessing the “performance” in the video is laughing. Apparently. . much like our own liberal elites. the mere fact that a piece of art flatters one’s ideological preconceptions (anything done in the name of helping African women is good) makes it all right.touch with reality. then there might still be hope yet that they could wake up and return to sanity. On some level. no matter how ridiculous.