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([personal profile] oakfarm Jul. 26th, 2017 06:17 pm)
One thing about being Swedish right now is that one somewhere in the back of one's head know that people like far right trolls on youtube, and the guy in the white house, and Fox news, thinks we are a society in free fall down because of muslim immigration. At the same time one get to read articles with headline like this: Why Sweden beats other countries at just about everything. Because the world economic forum thinks Sweden is great at fighting climate change, gender equality, invention, and more.

You know what I do not have that much more to say about it. Everything goes up and down. In ten years the world economic forum will find another country to praise and not one said we’re perfect. It’s just the contrast between it.Maybe nationalism is about what's feeling good? It feels good to be “better” than someone else. Some time ago Trump hold a speech and said “look what happened in sweden last night”. The crowd could cheer and feel that no matter how bad it was, it’s not as bad as in Sweden. And then our ex-prime minister Carl Bildt could tweet: “what has Trump been smoking” and claim that the city Trump hold his speech in alone had 50 % more murders than Sweden. And we could feel good about that.

It should be mentioned that growing up that Carl Bildt was the most right wing political in Sweden, now he's policy of being pro immigrant and pro Europe might not seem that far right anymore. But that’s another story.
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([personal profile] oakfarm Jul. 16th, 2017 04:36 pm)
I have several entries that’s like 90% finished and I may or may not post sooner or later. But that’s for later. This is my current reading (English titles for natural reasons):

L by Erlend Loe. A man - named Erlend Loe - decides to organize an expedition to Polynesia to prove his theory that South American Indians went ice skating to Polynesia. Norwegian Erlend Loe write that kind of bizarre, humorous stories. Sure the “experts” with their “evidence” thinks the Polynesians came from Asia by boats. But Erlend was quite sure the Polynesians came from Southeast America on skates. Why should the experts facts be worth more than Erlend Loe's facts?

The man without qualities by Robert Musil. That’s a book for genius and that’s why I might not finish it, two thick vol. of genius writing is a little much. And it was reference to one of Musil’s description of Austria Hungary. He wrote it was a country for genius and it’s likely the reason it fell. I have read the book before, and I liked the book but maybe not as much as I pretended to like it.

Humm. In 1913 when The man without qualities takes place genius and experts were worshipped. In 1997 when L was written it was a joke that ordinary losers could come up with his/her own crazy, scientific theory, and dismiss the experts. Now twenty years later self proclaimed experts get their place in the limelight by coming up with their own theories. Vaccine cause autism and enemas cure autism (enemas also cure cancer). Climate change is a myth. Modern plant breeding is always dangerous. Sodium carbonate cures cancer (and possible autism ). And the eath is flat ... Of course I myself think I’m a genius and an expert for writing this and I deserve fame for writing this.

I also have Douglas Coupland's Polaroid from the dead by my bed. But that book doesn't fit my "theory".
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