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Yesterday SVT also jumped on the fake news bandwagon and present loose speculation as pure fact. So it is with the now infamous Allah "discovery" in Viking cloth from Birka.
See, that's nothing new happening today? Is it perhaps the case that already in the Viking Age the Norwegians had to pay huge sums of money in taxes to pay for their cultural exchanges with foreigners? Or is she perhaps drawing a comparison between the time in the early 9th century when the Arab envoy Ibn Fadlan witnessed Vikings burning a grave ship on the Volga River, and how cars burn in present-day Sweden? No, joking aside, the Vikings were not isolated from the outside world. They traded, waged war and no doubt had a lot of sex with people from other cultures. They were human beings, as I said. But why are we so quick these days to draw such drastic conclusions about our cultural heritage? That a few pieces of cloth suddenly mean that the Vikings' entire religious thought world would now have come from Islam. After all, we are talking about high-level historical revisionism. The researcher's stated opinion to SVT gives a clue; she thinks that research should delegitimize "Swedishness" and "knock holes" in the Nordic cultural heritage because she believes it is "a common cultural heritage with countries to the east". This view is not at all strange if one takes into account the National Heritage Board's new Vision for cultural environment work 2030, where they are working "aggressively" to realise a vision that goes like this:
Today, when we talk a lot about integration, this is a great opportunity to take the Viking as an example of a past cultural exchange and that it is not something new that is happening today.
The core of the vision is that by 2030: "Everyone, regardless of background, should feel that they can claim the cultural heritage that has shaped Sweden".A seemingly harmless vision. It's nice if all whatever background can relate to Vikings, rune stones and Falu red paint, and not just the descendants of those who are buried in the burial mounds, erected the rune stones and built the red cottages with white knots. But why is it so important to the state - the power - that everyone, as soon as they step across the border into Sweden, should be able to make a personal claim to Sweden's history and cultural heritage? To what someone else's ancestors have built up over countless generations? Why do you want, like past and present totalitarian states, "use" cultural heritage and history as propaganda in their state-building? Why spend tax money on political history revisionism? Well, because whoever can claim Sweden's history and cultural heritage can also claim Sweden, which at present means the Swedish welfare state and the right to someone else's money. Swedish taxpayers' money. That is why the postmodernists deconstruct history. Basically, they are not primarily after your history. They're after your wallet - your ownership - and your future.
He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present, controls the past.
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