In the last days, I have been wanting to write quite a few things here at the blog, but I have somehow never gotten around to it (I will give part of the reason for this in the next blog post). However, I did post two slightly longer posts on facebook. These are in Swedish, but a short English summary is as follows:
* In the first post I further expand on the immigration issue, by taking a look at some commonly circulating argument for why it is logical and right to investigate people with a foreign-looking appearance: (i) one is after all much more likely to find illegal immigrants in those groups ii) these people they are after are after all in the country illegally. In short the counter-arguments are that a) looking for people based on such a broad description as ethnic origin is not the same as using a signalement, which b) leads to sweeping prejustices of entire segments of our society, which is the very definition of racism; c) there is no big reason to kick on persons (here illegal immigrants) already lying down, d) even if they are here illegally, they are still under the protection of human rights, which applies to all human beings, and which Sweden has promised to uphold.
* In the second post I make some comments on the ongoing economic crisis. First, the recent handlings, e.g. in Cyprus, makes it clear that no promises by politicians are sacred, that no prior experience holds, that there isn't really any plan for getting us out of here, etc. Second, one of the main underlying causes to this crisis is the fractional reserve banking system and its current operation at extremely low levels of money kept in the bank. This leads to an extremely unstable system, which only works in good times - but which is horrible in crises. This is not the only problem (another problem is that speculations are done by the same agencies and with the same money as the society-supporting function of savings and borrowings), but it is an important one, and it is surprisingly seldom mentioned in the public and powerful societies, which has the power to change things. Therefore, it is positive to note that the Swedish central bank leader brought up these issues with quite an emphasis in his recent address at an internation economic convention.
If you can read Swedish and are interested, please use the links above to read more. If you are interested in economy, you may also be interested in the following facebook group on alternative economies.