SUMMARY IN ENGLISH
CONTRA # 2 2001
The State of the World is Excellent
by Tommy Hansson
"Global warming" is a permanent question for discussion among
environmental activists and scientists. The UN climate panel IPCC has concluded
that there is a risk of warming the earth by 1.56 degrees centigrade
(2.710.8 degrees Fahrenheit] during the next century. During the past
winter however, we had record lows in Mongolia and Siberia as well
as in Mid-Sweden. In Idre in the province of Dalecarlia the temperature
dropped to minus 44 centigrade (-47 degrees Fahrenheit), the coldest in
Mid Sweden for more than a hundred years!
There are good reasons to conclude that alarmists exaggerate the threat
to the climate. At least Danish journalist Bjørn Lomborg makes that
conclusion in his book Verdens sande tilstand, in which he refutes several
of the favourite myths of environmentalism.
Electric Energy Gone by the Wind
The Swedish Government has commissioned a study on wind power, which
has proposed a concentrated effort to promote the use of wind power. The
efforts should include 4 000 windmills on land and 1 500 in the
sea. A more and more outspoken opposition protests against the effects on
the nature that would be caused by the proposed program.
Under the headline "Swedish Follies" Contra will tell true
stories on awkward government regulations in Sweden during the 20th century.
Some regulations as odd that it is hard to believe that they really have
been in effect. The first part in the series tells about "The Authority
of Establishment Control for Bank Branches". During the 1960s and 1970s
any bank needed a permit in order to establish a new branch office, as the
government wanted to counteract the "overestablishment" of exclusively
designed branches. Today banks choose to close down a lot of branches as
customers turn to internet banking
Restrictions for Free Speech in Sweden
by C G Holm
Free Speech is part of the Swedish Constitution. The Press Act especially
emphasize the importance of free speech in printed media. But it is not
given to anyone to produce printed media. And even fewer to distribute what
is printed. Internet thus has grown into an important alternative to traditional
technologies. But both the traditional technologies and internet are victims
of government restrictions. Of course restrictions are caused by technology
and finance. But there are other restrictions as well, three questionable
examples are given in this article.
Heroes of the Cold War: Jeanne J. Kirkpatrick
by Tommy Hansson
Our series "Heroes of the Cold War" is now starting its seventh
(!) year. This time we present the first but not the last woman
in the series, US ambassador to the UN Jeane J. Kirkpatrick. She was one
of the most important cabinet members during the first term of President
Ronald Reagan. Kirkpatrick's deep knowledge of totalitarian ideologies contributed
to success of the Reagan administration.
Hate Campaigns of US Liberals
When George W. Bush appointed his cabinet, revenge seeking Democrats
tried to stop at least two of the Bush nominees the present Attorney
General John Ashcroft and the nominated Secretary of Labor Linda Chavez.
Liberals were appalled by the ideological conservatism of the nominees.
Ashcroft was confirmed by the Senate in spite of tough Democratic opposition,
while the candidacy of Linda Chavez was withdrawn.
Stellan Arvidson - the Gravedigger of the Swedish School
by Tommy Hansson
Stellan Arvidson (190297) was called the "father of the comprehensive
school". He had a PhD in Swedish literature and was a left-leaning
Social Democrat. He used to be chairman of both the Swedish Author's League
and The Friendship Association Sweden and the GDR [Communist occupied Eastern
Germany]. In spite of this background he was the "Chief Architect"
of the present Swedish school system.
Ethics, Politics and Euthanasia
by Alf Enerström
The twentieth century was one of the most destructive in world history.
It included an accelerating secularization and also an accelerating intellectual
primitivity. When the Netherlands now are legalizing euthanasia, Alf Enerström
(MD) discusses the links between ethics, politicas and euthanasia.