SUMMARY IN ENGLISH
CONTRA # 6 2007
Circus Reinfeldt and the treason against the electorate
by Tommy Hansson
The paternal great great grandfather of the present Swedish Prime Minister
was a circus manager. Although it might be to early to say that the present
anti-socialist government is a failure after only 16 months, it must be
said that it is a bit too much of a circus. The next election is not due
until the fall of 2010. Still the major part of the elctorate must put
big question marks for the performance of the government and the low polls
show that they certainly do that. The main responsibility for the failure
of the present policies must be put on the Prime Minister John Fredrik
Reinfeldt (John after his great great grandfather, the circus manager).
In most policy areas he has left the ideals of the Moderate Party as well
as the views of those who elected him.
Social Democrats’ Concrete Power Base
In 1972 the British jounalist Roland Huntford published his book The New
Totalitarians. The book was a sharp criticism against the Swedish society,
the first society that by peaceful means, under the leadership of the
Social Democrats, slowly moved by itself into totalitarianism. Huntford
stressed the onesidedness of Swedish media and opinion and the fear to
express contradictory views, a long tradition in Swedish history, to be
traced back to King Gustav Vasa (1523–1560). Swedes are afraid of
conflicts, they alwas try to achieve consensus and they always obey fiats
from ”the superior poewer”. This is what is called the Social
Democratic Concrete Power Base, also today with a an anti-socialist government.
The new totalitarians are revisited in a new book by Carl Johan Ljunberg,
Christian Swedberg and Jacob E:son Söderbaum.
In memory of the victims of Communism
by Allan C. Brownfeld
In September 2006 the erection of a monument for all the millions of victims
of Communism was started in Washington D.C. Civil servants and representatives
of The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, founded in 1994, cut
the first symbolic sod for the project that was concluded in June 2007.
The only remaining kingdom in the Himalayas turns to democracy
by C G Holm
Himalaya has seen many kingdoms through the centuries. Mustang was founded
in 1350 but was conquered by Nepal in the 18th century. Communist China
occupied Tibet in 1951 and the political and spiritual leader of Tibet,
the Dalai lama, fled to India in 1959. Sikkim was a buddhist kingdom conquered
by India in 1975, from that year only a state within India. The hindu
kingdom of Nepal will abolish monarchy in April this year. Leaving only
one kingdom in the Himalayas, Bhutan. There significant changes are taking
place with the introduction of democracy and a rapid economic development
within the traditional buddhist framework. Contra contributing editor
C G Holm reports from Bhutan.
European Union climate policy hits those that emit least
by C G Holm
The European Union plans draconian measures against greenhouse gases.
But in the recently published program the Union mixes ”renewable”
with ”non greenhouse”. Countries with a large part of their
energy generated by nuclear power are in spite of their low emissions
required to make heavy and expensive cuts in emissions, while the ”dirtiest”
couintries (mainly in Eastern Europe) are allowed to increase their emissions!
Sweden and France with a high percentage of nuclear power are hit hard.
And especially so Sweden, with only 3 percent of electric power generated
by fossil fuels. And the Swedish government has not bothered to defend
the interests of Sweden.