SUMMARY IN ENGLISH
CONTRA # 3 2010
The Kingdom of the Leftists
by Magnus Ivarsson
The glorious time of progress is something of the past in Sweden. During
the past decades Sweden has continued rapidly downwards in an international
comparison. It might be that Greece is worse off in the short run, but
the Swedish decline has been more long-term and has continued for an extended
period of time.
Magnus Ivarsson has a MBA and a long career in international business
and as an advisor to the World Bank in Latin America and Africa. He has
written a book called The Kingdom of the Leftists. The World’s most
odd people? The book is published by Contra.
Pork… A vote costs 40,000 kronor
This fall there are general elections in Sweden and all political parties
tries to compete with pork. That is, they are trying to offer segments
of society benfits that in the end will be paid by the general public
and all taxpayers. The basic idea is that taxes are paid by all, at a
relatively low rate. But benefits are concentrated to limited groups that
get a lot. These small groups should cha nge their voting behaviour.
A study in economics based on the introduction of generous child care
benefits in the election campaign of 1998 shows that the pork worked as
vote catcher (the pork heavily benefited parents with children in ages
2–6), while the taxpayers had to foot a bill of 40,000 kronor (5,000
dollars) in order to move on vote into the part giving the pork away.
From muslim loyalist to one of the major critic’s of islam: Ayaan
by Fredrik Runebert
The West does not consider the true width of the implications of the moslem
threat to the Western society. This is the basic idea of author Ayaan
Hirsi Ali, now employed by American Enterprise Institute, a pro-business
think-tank in the US. From 2003 to 2006 she was an elected member of parliament
in the Netherlands, representing the center-right VVD party. In the election
of 2003 she was given the highest numer of indivudal votes of any Dutrch
parliamentarian. Her friend Theo van Gogh was stabbed to death in the
street by a moslem fundamentalist who disliked his film ”Submission”,
van Gogh direected the film, but Ayaan was the author of the manuscript.
The murderer put a message on the wife he used to kill van Gogh: next
time it will be Ayaan (who was born in Somalia).
Georgia – the country longing for the West by C G Holm
Georgia is the most pro-Western of all former Soviet republics. But the
geographical location of the country constitutes significant problems
in Georgia’s efforts to join the West. As opposed to the three Baltic
republics Georgia has not been successful in becoming a member of the
NATO or the EU. The closeness to Russia makes NATO support an almost impossible
Mussolini – a study of power by David Stavenheim
Author Göran Häggs has written book called Mussolini –
a study of power. The power position of Mussolini was unique and he had
a more total control of the society, even more than Hitler. Fascism was
a one.man show with Mussolini in charge.
The threatened position of the Swedish language in Finland by Tommy Hansson
Could the legal approach save the position of the Swedish language in
Finland (approx 6 per cent of the population of Finland has Swedish as
their native tongue). A law lecturer at the University of Umeå in
northern Sweden, Ida Asplund, thinks a more legal approach could strengthen
the position of the Swedish language. She is born in the province of Österbotten
in Finland, just across the Gulf of Bothnia from the city of Umeå
A letter that cost him two years in prison
Zoltán Cséplö was a Hungarien with his roots in Transylvania.
He was, however, born in Bucharest in Romania, here his father worked
as a driver. When the Russians in the end of WWII marched into Romania
he fled towards the West, but was stopped in the last town in Hungary
before the Austrian border. In 1948 he wrote a private letter to a friend,
a letter which was found by the police during a politically motivated
search of his friend’s home. Zoltán had given critical views
on the Communist regime in his letter, which cost him two years in prison.
His daughter, now living in Sweden, has offered the sentence of Zoltán
in a Swedish translation.
In the election this fall the Social Democrats offer a coalition government
with the Leftists and the Greens. The Leftist (former Communists) openly
supported the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956.
Destiny without mercy by Frank Gordons
Russia has during the years deeply interfered in Polish affairs. Did they
also April 10th when the entire Polish top leadership died in an air crash
in Smolensk, Russia? There are a number of conspiracy theories. In Georgia
it is for example claimed that Russian soldiers shot survivors. But what
do we know? And which are the proofs avialable for different opinions?