I assume you’re referring to nazism, which by the way is not illegal in Sweden[\quote]
Well, I do distinctly remember reading a few years ago about two American teenagers who were arrested for making the Nazi salute at a punk concert. It would never occur to American kids that making a gesture could be illegal. Isn’t this gesture illegal there? If so, there’s not a lot of difference in my mind between that and the party being illegal. It’s still making “thoughts,” or allegiences, a crime.
As for the tv stations, I’m referring more to things like the Sex Pistols not getting their singles on the radio because the BBC was radio in Britain, and they absolutely refused to do so. When the government controls the means of information dissemination, there’s going to be a price paid. Everyone wants to preserve their position, and monarchical governments do not have the best historical record of encouraging or tolerating dissent.
The OP makes the point that membership in any party is okay as long as it doesn’t lead
to illegal activities. The same is true in Germany, only their definition of “illegal” is
broader. So the real question is, what is illegal? “Treason” is illegal everywhere, but its
definition can range from “only giving aid and comfort to the enemy” to “making fun of
This is not the case, clearly. It is illegal to advocate the Nazi party in Germany. It is also illegal to be historically wrong and say that the Nazis didn’t mean to kill all those people, they just did a bad job of running the camps. These are clearly thought crimes.
Treason is illegal everywhere, because it is an action. The only thing in America that comes even close to being a thought crime is advocating violent overthrow of the elected government. In America, I can say, should I be so sociopathic, “Let’s kill all the lawyers! I mean, let’s really kill all the lawyers! Let’s elect a govenment that will pass a law that will make being a lawyer a death penalty offense!”
Note that I did not actually plan to personally kill anyone, and that I planned to do it only if I could get the populace to actually elect a government that would authorize the actions. To prevent by law the advocation of a view for the government to hold is clearly making a thought crime.
I’ve been holding off, but really, this is too easy. “Making fun of the Mayor?” This is your example of things that are illegal, but aren’t thought crimes? Also, fairly implicit in this whole paragraph is an inconsistant thought. The German government lets you join any party and advocate what you want, as long as you don’t do anything illegal, oh, which by the way, can include saying certain things, holding certain opinions, joining certain political parties, and making certain gestures.
Other than the restrictions, they don’t have any restrictions. Or, the only illegal things are the ones that are illegal. And they get to decide which things those are.