Charles XII of Sweden: The anatomy of a far-right idol

On 30 November 2018, in the Kungsträdgården park in Stockholm, neo-Nazis from the Nordic Youth group marched towards the statue of a long-dead king. The stated objective of the group was to ‘re-civilize the West’ and to resist the ‘levelling of all cultures’ — messages that have been shouted from beneath this statue, on this day of the year, for generations. Fighting promptly broke out between…