Prosecutor Magnus Pettersson in Malmö simply cannot understand how the artist Dan Park thinks. Park has been hauled into court for denigration of ”folkgrupp” (specially protected groups of people) but is unwilling to learn – he publishes his pictures again! The prosecutor has an explanation: He must be clinically insane.
At first I didn’t believe it. When I interviewed prosecutor Magnus Pettersson yesterday, he didn’t utter a word about his intention to subject street artist Dan Park to a psychiatric examination. But here is the proof – an entry from the lower court in Malmö to the effect that the prosecutor believes Park suffers from a psychiatric illness.
The method is well known from the Soviet Union where thousands of dissidents were brought down by means of fake diagnoses of insanity.
The KGB successfully used the procedure to send political dissidents to psychiatric hospitals. As historian Anne Applebaum writes in her book Gulag: A History of the Soviet Camps:
”In the aftermath of the Thaw, the authorities began once again to use psychiatric hospitals to incarcerate dissidents – a policy which had many advantages for the KGB. Above all, it helped discredit the dissidents, both in the West and in the USSR, and deflected attention away from them. If these were not serious political opponents of the regime, but merely crazy people, who could object to their hospitalization?
With great enthusiasm, the Soviet psychiatric establishment participated in the farce. To explain the phenomenon of dissidence, they came up with the definition of ’sluggish schizophrenia’ or ’creeping schizophrenia’. This, scientists explained, was a form of schizophrenia which left no mark on the intellect or outward behaviour, yet could encompass nearly any form of behaviour deemed asocial or abnormal. ’Most frequently, ideas about a ”struggle for truth and justice” are formed by personalities with a paranoid structure,” wrote two Soviet professors, both of the Serbsky Institute.”
Prosecutor Pettersson is not entering virgin territory. He is following in the footsteps of the Soviet Communists. Whoever opposes Sweden’s immigration policy or stands up against the country’s race hysteria must of course be clinically insane – there can be no other explanation for clearly there is nothing wrong with the immigration policy and clearly racism is widespread in Sweden.
If, like Dan Park, you write that ”Gypsy crime is fine” [”Zigenarbrott är något gott”] with the intent of exposing how the extreme left profits from victim mentality, you must be mentally ill. Any sane person would of course realize that those on the far left are good people who merely want to defend the poor victims of Swedish racism.
I’m at a loss to find words that can explain my horror at the path chosen by prosecutor Pettersson. If Dan Park is forced to undergo a psychiatric examination and is diagnosed as insane, many of us will be forced to flee from Sweden. This risks opening the door to the totalitarian society which many of us feared was approaching but believed was a future prospect.
Let us once again listen to the two Soviet professors:
”A characteristic feature of overvalued ideas is the patient’s conviction of his own rectitude, an obsession with asserting his trampled ’rights’, and the significance of these feelings for the patient’s personality. They tend to exploit judicial proceedings as a platform for making speeches and appeals.”
As clear as it could be. The more you talk about your rights, the more insane you must be. I don’t doubt for a second that in the eyes of some prosecutors even I stand to be accused of harboring paranoid ideas about a ”struggle for truth and justice” and of ”reforming society”. This was the diagnosis used to vilify among others the dissident author and scientist Zhores Medvedev.
I have been wavering back and forth – stay in Sweden and fight the insanity or flee in order to observe it at a distance? Now I have made up my mind. Farewell Sweden – I’m leaving. One cannot live in a country where dissidents are treated like psychiatric patients and where the authorities wish to lock up social critics in mental institutions.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that I will continue to scrutinize the Swedish madness – but from the other side of the Sound.