The concept of work has changed over time, and so has its meaning. Even today we do not know exactly what we mean by ‘work’, as it is a multifaceted word. On the one hand, we can engage in repetitive labour, which is necessary but boring and may even expose the body and mind to … →
Swedes have been funding their own misery
Taxation is a hot topic in politics, with some calling for higher taxes and others for lower ones. It is seen as a matter of freedom on the one hand, and shared responsibility on the other. One thing that most people agree on is that taxes should go back to the citizens. Taxes should be … →
Political earthquake in Argentina
Libertarian Javier Milei won the presidential election in Argentina by a wide margin. His policies are based on classic libertarian principles, including cutting the number of government agencies, stopping the central bank from manipulating fiscal policy, etc. It is about less power for the state and more power for the individual. And possible punishment for … →
The trend-sensitive country in the north
Mines, iron ore and forests have long been part of Sweden’s basic industry. The iron could be refined into swords and cannons, and the forest into ships, buildings and furniture. But it was during the later stages of the industrial revolution, between 1870 and 1970, that Sweden became one of the richest nations in the … →
The world is waiting patiently for Biden to retire. And for the West to become the West again.
The geopolitical entanglements of the past year are beginning to unravel. It all started when the Russians grew tired of the Ukrainians not honouring the two Minsk agreements, which involved leaving the Russian minority alone and some autonomy. The Russians took a limited force and went in to “scare” the Ukrainians to the negotiating table. … →
What if the US abandons Israel?
We know that the US, the world policeman, often abandons its war projects, from the Vietnam War to Afghanistan. Even countries like Korea have been partially abandoned, divided, with a frozen conflict. The behaviour has its reasons, probably often because the US cannot send and maintain huge armies across the globe. At best they can … →
More and more Swedes are waking up to a country they don’t recognise. What happened? And what mistakes were made?
More and more Swedes are waking up to a country they don’t recognise. You can accuse them of much, of having slept away several decades, or of having backed substandard political parties for too long. But nevertheless, many are waking up now, in the wake of culture clashes, increased crime and violence. Many mistakes were … →
Autonomy and statehood in a multipolar world
The world’s eyes are on Gaza, where Israeli aircraft are currently laying carpet bombs in response to Hamas’ lightning attack. Gaza is a small territory, about 40 kilometres long and less than 7 kilometres wide, bordering Egypt and Israel, with a population of about two million. However, Gaza does not border the West Bank, and … →
West before East
In the great game between nations and empires, I am of course in favour of the Western cultural sphere. The one based on the Western and Central European countries, and which partly opposes the Eastern European culture, including Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. The West has created a strong and extraordinarily successful civilisation; I need hardly … →
Islamic revival and the Great Game
With the recent attacks on Israel by Hamas, it is interesting to see how the organisation was created and its origins. Hamas is an Arabic abbreviation for the Islamic Resistance Movement and was formed in 1987, shortly after the outbreak of the first intifada. It was a spin-off of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, whose Gaza … →
The attack on Israel
On the morning of 7 October, the Palestinian listed terrorist organisation Hamas attacked southern Israel, starting from the Gaza Strip. Armed units entered Israeli territory, thousands of missiles were fired, and the Israeli air defence system was unable to shoot them all down. The violence against Israeli civilians was abhorred by many in the West … →