Sammentræf i Södertälje

or Coincidence in Södertälje. This refers to a post from the Danish blog Snaphanen which examines the occurrence of (yet another) arson in Sweden. In this case, the coincidence is between the arson – OK, apparent arson – at a sports hall in Södertälje and the death of an armed (with an AK-47) jewelry store robber by the police in the same town. Because, as has been seen in both England and France, these are often not just coincidences.

But that’s not really what interested me. In another post below the main one, the finding,
backed up, in part, by this that there is a huge difference between the amount of crime in Sweden and its two neighbors, Norway and Denmark. A difference that is not explained by population.

But that wasn’t what interested me either; this comment was:

Politi og lovgivning kan ikke regulere et samfund, der ikke i hovedsagen er enigt om at være selvregulerende

In other words, “The police and the laws they enforce cannot affect a society that does not, in general, agree to be self-regulating.”

Kinda describes the criminal justice system in Europe today when compared to 30, 40 years ago. As he wrote in another section of The Poor Children:

Da jeg voksede op i en nordlig forstad til København, var der ingen på villavejen, som til daglig låste dørene, grov vold var stort set utænkeligt, og man lod derfor børn gå og cykle alene hjem på tværs af byen på alle tider af døgnet og ad alle veje og stier.

Meaning, “When I grew up in a northern suburb to Copenhagen, no one on my street regularly locked their doors, aggravated violence was, in general, inconceivable, and it was not uncommon for children to bike around town on any road or bikepath at all hours of the day.”

Now not so much.

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