SUMMARY IN ENGLISH
CONTRA # 4 2011
Continued political control of the Church of Sweden
by C G Holm
In spite of dissolving the formal link between the Church of Sweden and
the Swedish state in 2000 the Church of Sweden is still controlled by
politicians. From national level down to individual parishes. Of the 251
members of the National Convention of the Church of Sweden 195 represent
one of the eight parties elected to the Swedish Parliament. Even godless
Communists have three members of the National Convention! The members
of the Convention promote their own party politics, often claiming that
their own party has the typical Christian view. God is voting for the
Greens, the Liberals, the Social Democrats and so forth.
The general clause is a threat to justice
by Lennart Hane
Lawyer Lennart Hane died at the end of last year. The summer before
(July 4 2010) he left an article to Contra, which has not been published
until now. He discusses important matters of principle and especially
”the general clause” which is a rubberband possibility to
let the courts and the political power decide contrary to the letters
of the other sections of a law.
New party leader in the Centre Party
by Fredrik Runebert
The Centre Party opens for a new way of chosing leader in Swedish politics.
Up till now the decision has been made behind closed doors and at the
end the election committee of the party has proposed the General Meeting
to approve one single candidate, which has been elected. In the Centre
Party there were three persons competing for the position as successor
to resigning leader Maud Olofsson.
The destruction of joy
by Fredrik Runebert
During decades we have heard of dance hall depravation, hard rock satanism,
bear drunkedness, violence in film and computer games, comic magazine
panic and climate hysteria. Popular ”threats” to society.
Mattias Svensson, a libertarian author has recently published a book where
he discusses how threats are created and utilized as components in a political
Walter Williams – one of the most well-known US economists
by Allan C. Brownfeld
Walter Williams has had a brilliant academic career – but also a
career as author, columnist, teacher and radio and TV personality. As
black proponent of a free market economy he has often been the victim
of virulent attacks. Now 74 he has written his autobiography.
Conversations with an aged KGB officer
by Ann-Mari Lahti
Ann-Mari Lahti has a couple of times met with former KGB officer Vladimir
Pohl in Tallinn, Estonia. He worked for the KGB, but is now retired in
Estonia. Contra relates a conversation held with Mr Pohl June 12 this
year. The conversation was held at Viru Hotel in Tallinn, in the Soviet
era cramped with eavesdropping equipment for the KGB. All foreigners were
surveilled. Recently a museum was opened on the KGB storey in the hotel.
A financial Armageddon
by Ben Hedenberg
The media viewpoint on the forces of finance are contradicting. The financial
markets have been very volatile during the past period. Greece was close
to default, but was saved by restraint packages and foreign intervention.
Happiness in the north of Sweden
by C G Holm
In the American Declaration of Independence the right to life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness are specified as unalienable rights. In economic
science happiness has gradually taken a more significant position. Economic
wealth is not the only factor of interest to economists. But happiness
is certainly linked to wealth. A study on the perception of happiness
in the northern parts of Sweden shows interesting conclusions.