SUMMARY IN ENGLISH
CONTRA # 1 2016
We learn for life, not for school
Now 90 per cent, not as before 10 per cent, of Swedes finish high school.
Universities have adapted by lowering their quality and letting many students
that should not pass, pass. The universities (those funded by the governemnt)
are paid by the number of students that pass final exams and a teacher
giving F grades may be called mean or a racist (if the failing student
is of the wrong race).
Racist leftists taking control of public service media, by
Three public service broadcasting companies Sveriges television, Sveriges
radio and Utbildningsradion have recently been attacked for leftism and
political correctness in general. All three companies are subsidiaries
of a government controlled foundation, with their respective boards appointed
by the Foundation, and the board of the Foundation directly appointed
by the government. Leading positions in the three companies are now held
by various (female) leftists.
Should we worry about Poland,
by Kjell Albin Abrahamson
Kjell Albin Abrahamson, for many years Warsaw correspondent of the Swedish
Broadcasting Corporation (see previous note on Sveriges Radio) discusses
the media development in Poland., He is not worried about the appointment
of Jacek Kurski as head of the Polish goernment owned television channel.
His elder brother Jaroslaw has other views on politics and there is some
kind of semi-public dialogue between the two brothers.
The Solidarity Museum in Gdansk,
by Géza Molnár
Géza Molnár tells about the gigantic Solidarity Museum in
Gdansk in Poland.
Crooks from Sweden and abroad,
by C G Holm
The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention has twice made studies
on crime among Swedes and immigrants – the studies were made in
1996 and 2005 respectively and were sensitive in the sense that foreigners
were much more criminally inclined, even if adjusting for demogracpic
and social factors. And especially so among people from North Africa and
the Middle East (East Asians had crime rates slightly below native Swedes).
There is however a more recent report giving approximately the same information,
a report from The Swedish Prison and Probation Service on people convicted
to at least four years in prison, all having passed through a center att
Kumla high security prison before being forwarded to other prisons (women
are similarlíly screened at the Hinseberg Women’s Prison).
More than half of the long time convicts are foreign citizens or born
abroad, compared to less than 20 per cent of the population.
Refugees and public pensions, by C G Holm
The vast number of refugees (more than 160 000 arrived in Sweden last
year, approximately 2 per cent of the entire population and fifty per
cent more than the number born in the country) will affect the autonomous
system for public pensions. Pensions are paid according to demographic
fomulas with money not controlled by the governemnt, but by inependent
institutions (the main formula is shown on page 10). What will happen
with pensions is a rapid increase in pensions during the next couple of
years, followed by a sharp downturn as more refugees join the labour force
with lower pay than the Swedes.
Thinking about tolerance, by Helge Eyser
Tolerance has turned into a rubber phrase meaning almost anything. It
is consistently misused by the advocates of political correctness. Some
turn ”tolerant”, because they are afraid of people that actually
are intolerant and prepared to use violence to defend their views on tolerance.
A fossil free Sweden, by Tommy Hansson
The green/red government of Sweden has decided that Sweden should be ”fossil
free” in the future (all electrical power is generated by hydropower
or nuclear power, but the government is now trying to tax nuclear power
to force the close downs of more power plants. But transport needs fossil
fuels. And abolishing the present fossils will turn Sweden back to a poor
Polish domestic policies and the European Union, by C G Holm
The European Union is a union of 28 independent countries, but when the
elctorate in small and medium sized countries choose a government not
liked in Brussels, the EU tries to use supranational powers that they
are not granted in the treaty. Poland is the latest example.
Anarchism v conservatism,
by Allan C. Brownfeld
Anarchism and conservatism are opposing philosophies, both of them however
critical against governemnt and state. There are points of common views,
but more so areas for conflict.
The Church of Sweden as a center of leftism
The Lutheran Church of Sweden has advocated leftist standpoints in many
social and political matters (also in foreign policy). The Church of Sweden
however is slow to act in matters which its members see as vital, such
as helping local poor, offering pastoral cure and spreading the gospel.
Putin’s Kleptocracy, by Bertil Hoffman
Karen Dawisha is Professor of political science at Miami University in
Oxford, Ohio. In her book Putin's Kleptocracy she gives a detailed description
of the way Vladimir Putin and his allies conquered power in the world’s
largest country and how they profited from getting access to government