This is an abridged version of the full article which can be found on the Absurd Being website here.
There are lies, damned lies and statistics. Never has a truer word been spoken and never has it been more relevant. As online and media rhetoric is continually being ratcheted up to higher and higher levels, the unscrupulous use of statistics is being employed as a weapon to fan the flames and breed more division and unrest. Sweden is just the latest country to fall prey to these alarmist statistical machinations in the form of the following:
Sweden has the second highest incidence of rape in the world.
Like all rightwing rhetoric, this statement is true. But also like all rightwing rhetoric, if you take a closer look you realise it’s nowhere near as terrible as it sounds. Continue reading