SUMMARY IN ENGLISH
CONTRA # 5 2012
new book by Pär Ström presented
by C G Holm
”The equalitist” Pär Ström, interviewed in Contra
# 2 2011, recently published a book called ”No Men. Discrimination
of Men and Boys”. The book goes further in the steps of his books
”Six feminist myths” from 2011 (reviewed in Contra # 3 2011).
This time the analysis of Mr Ström is more legalistic. It’s
no general discussion of gendre ”science” but direct quotes
from laws and regulations that directly discriminate against the male
sex. The development in society has been such that there are no formal
restrictions limiting the possibilities of women to advance in society,
But there are several laws and regulations limiting the possibilities
Sweden Democrats: The electoral base and their views on the
by Carl Andersson
Sweden Democrats, often called ”populist” or even ”racist”
in international media, have their electoral stronghold among young low-paid
or unemployed men living in rural areas or small towns in Southern Sweden.
A consequence of this is that they get very unfavourable press coverage
as journalists (often women) usually are well-paid and live in the central
parts of major cities. The two never meet in real life. If you look at
the recruitment of voters the Sweden Democrats have gained 37 per cent
from the Moderates (conservatives, represented by the present Prime Minister
Fredrik Reinfeldt) and 37 per cent from Social Democrats and Leftists
(Communists). Most of the rest come from previous non-voters. The views
of the Sweden Democrats similarily vary between support for the centre
right government and the center left opposition. New Contra contributor
Carl Andersson takes a closer look at the Sweden Democrats.
Who are examining the examiners?
Media usually is called the fourth power in society (after the legislative,
executive and legal powers). Today however, media gain more and more strength
and replace the traditional three powers. A sensational headline and a
government agency will soon concede to all it’s errors (true or
only fictional). Sometiimes this is exactly as it should be. Media reveals
wrong-doings and corruption. But the strength of media creates a position
where they have the power to push their views in spite of what justice
and common sense says. And this is done without any responsibility for
those that should be responsible for their acts.
The new face of syndicalists
by Tommy Hansson
Syndicalists are a very tiny group in the Swedish labour market. And very
small also in politics. The total is something like 5 000 to 6 000 people.
In spite their very limited number they still are often noted because
of their militancy.
The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and its
by Fredrik Runebert
During the summer the leading Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter ran a campaign
against the generally unknown Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional
Growth (Tillväxtverket). The paper ran detailed reports on spending
for the yearly staff party, a total of some 690 000 kronor (100 000 US
dollars). The handling of the matter forced the Agency Director Christina
Lugnet to resign. But why the fuss on a very minor expenditure, 1 476
kronor for each employee (200 US dollars) corresponding to 0.3 per cent
of personnel costs, when the agency every year spends 3.6 billion on projects
of limited use to society. Contra looks at the real scandal, not the party,
but what the people at the agency does when they are not partying, which
is much worse.
The Population Explosion which disappeared
by C G Holm
In most parts of the world, including countries like Iran, indonesia and
Brazil, fertility has dropped radically. The population still increases,
but this is mostly caused by people already borne getting older. The number
of children per mother is steadily decreasing and many countries in the
Middle East and East Asia now have fertility rates far below 2.1, which
is what is needed to keep a steady population in the long run.
How much divergence is possible in a democracy by David Stavenheim
Andreas Johansson Heinö, a social sceintist at the University of
Göteborg, has studied problems for the democratic society in a multi-cultural
society. His doctoral thesis was titled: ”How much divergence is
possible in a democracy?”