Archibald Iratus lived in an austere turn-of-the-century house on Jungfrugatan, in Östermalm, Stockholm. It was extraordinarily difficult to find it, and I could wander around for a long time before I saw the unnumbered gate. Once last winter I even gave up and went home. It was as if the house itself or the entrance … ►
The journey to India
The Orient, and India in particular, has long been regarded by us Westerners as a remote and mysterious place, steeped in ancient wisdom and millennia-old traditions. Indian culture stood unbroken for over 5,000 years. They had no Christian religious conversion or disruptive Protestantism to change course significantly. Indian civilization is more like a slowly flowing … ►
The do nothing president?
From the political right, the sabers are now being sharpened against Trump. He was the president who had a unique chance, but he failed, he did nothing. Biden and his men may not agree, as they have large piles of decrees in front of them, to restore their order and end Trump’s changes. In any … ►
Right and wrong
Slavery is considered wrong and reprehensible, but there is a historical background that may shed some light on the matter. In ancient Greece, prisoners of war or criminals were often enslaved. The penalty was labour instead of imprisonment. Prisons were unusual and were probably seen as meaningless as the general perception was that the perpetrators … ►
The age of the machine is coming to an end
What is this modernity, which forever reshaped our society after the Great War of 1918, and guaranteed that architecture with a Corinthian order or flowering facade ornaments would never again be built, and where art, poetry and culture would no longer reflect the beautiful? From now on society would be functional and modern. Even at … ►
Introvert era of psychologists and yogis
On a daily basis, we can read about the US President Donald Trump’s mental state, written by people who doesn’t know him, or never even met him. They are neither psychologists nor psychiatrists, yet they attribute various diagnoses to the president on social media and other media channels. Trump is considered to suffer from a … ►
The building blocks of the present
To those who have visited Rome, Athens or Pompeii, it seems obvious that Western culture is built on pagan Greco-Roman foundations. From the Greek colonization of the eastern Mediterranean around 700 BC to the fall of the western Roman Empire around 410 AD. Then followed the Christian era, and in the first phase, almost the … ►
Viktor Orban – enterprising democrat, strong man or autocrat?
My attitude to Hungary’s Prime Minister is certainly divided, but I do not like the usual media image of him, where he is most often described as a power hungry dictator. That image is a caricature and really exaggerated. The description of Viktor Orban follows the trend in the contemporary media debate, where everything must … ►
The closed down society
Already in January we knew about how the coronavirus (COVID-19) behaved, about how great the risk of death was for different age groups, and that a significant proportion of the sick needed intensive care, sometimes with a respirator. We also realized that if the infection spreads, our healthcare systems would not meet the need. The … ►
Do we need government in the 21st century?
The government, in its original form, provided military, judiciary and administration. The aristocracy collected taxes from the commoners and promised defence in the event of war. Over time, the government was increasingly transformed into a type of insurance company, where most of the budget goes to social protection, such as unemployment benefit, parental allowance, child … ►
Progressivism or scientific advancement? In anticipation of a Habsburg space empire
When I started this blog, I wholeheartedly embraced the future promises of a new and better world. And it’s not that strange, many people share that view. Over time, however, the idea of advancement and progressivism became increasingly stained and criticized. What do you do when you forever believe that the future has all the … ►