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By Roland Huntford

This e-book is a caution. it's a terrifying portrait of an "ideal" society that has destroyed democracy within the identify of "progress." Roland Huntford demonstrates through truth after stunning truth how an it seems that democratic, filthy rich, peaceable utopia is completely managed via a forms which actively discourages all symptoms of individuality.

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New Totalitarians

This publication is a caution. it's a terrifying portrait of an "ideal" society that has destroyed democracy within the identify of "progress. " Roland Huntford demonstrates by way of truth after surprising truth how an it sounds as if democratic, filthy rich, peaceable utopia is completely managed through a paperwork which actively discourages all symptoms of individuality.

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Enunciation of that principle is absent, because it is unnecessary. The Swedish trade unions have never had to press for a closed shop: it was voluntarily presented to them. Not for nothing are they numbered among the heirs of the ancient collective mentality of the farms and the bruks: its legacy is a fearful sense of guilt at not belonging. Belonging to an organization remains second nature to a Swede, and joining a trade union can therefore be taken for granted. It is an important act, without which a working man cannot really attain his full stature.

In the seventeenth century there were four doctors in the country; at the end of the eighteenth, less than a hundred. Sweden entered the nineteenth century three hundred years behind the times, she left it ready for the twentieth century. Isolation and absence of native culture delayed the progress of Sweden. It was not until the eighteenth century that a Swedish culture began to emerge. In the arts, it took the form of classical and French imitations. In the sciences, there was more originality.

Norway had belonged to Denmark since the fourteenth century, but the Danes made the unfortunate mistake of supporting Napoleon after Sweden changed sides. In 1814, Bernadotte invaded Denmark, forcing her to cede Norway and join the Allies. The 1814 campaign was the last occasion on which Swedish troops went into battle. At the Congress of Vienna, Sweden gave up Pomerania, her last Continental possession. Deprived of the bonds which, however tenuously, had given her some connections with the outside during the previous centuries, * Bernadotte ascended the throne as Charles-John.

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