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Friday, February 10, 2006

Mohammed Cartoons: Censorship in Sweden?

Michael Moynihan reports from Sweden:
According to Dagens Nyheter, the Swedish security services (Säpo), in collusion with Foreign Minister Leila Freivalds, have forced the website SD-Kuriren offline for publishing the Jyllands-Posten cartoons (SD-Kuriren is the house organ of the hard-right Swedish Democrats).

“We think that this was the best decision after we were contacted by the Foreign Ministry and Säpo,” Anna Larsson, vice president of hosting compant Levonline, told DN. Freivalds told DN that “it is terrible that a small group of extremists are exposing Swedes to danger [by reprinting the cartoons].”

When I read this about the Swedish Censorship of the Mohammed Cartoons, I couldn't help but think of F.A. Hayek's masterpiece The Road to Serfdom.

Hayek's thesis is simple: socialism leads inevitably to totalitarianism and tyranny. The rise of fascism in Europe in the 1930's, Hayek says,
was not a reaction against the socialist trends of the preceding period but a necessary outcome of those tendencies

Keeping Hayek's thesis in mind while reading about the cartoon issue is an interesting mental exercise. For all the complaints on the left comparing Bush to Hitler, it seems to me that the European socialist regimes are most in danger of acting like dictatorships with respect to the Mohammed cartoon issue.

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