On wokeness and islamism

17 Nov, 2021 at 17:08 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on On wokeness and islamism


Kathleen Stock — transgender and the limits of academic freedom

15 Nov, 2021 at 17:34 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Kathleen Stock — transgender and the limits of academic freedom


Answering Jordan Peterson

8 Nov, 2021 at 10:07 | Posted in Politics & Society | 2 Comments


Into Eternity

7 Nov, 2021 at 14:19 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Into Eternity

In science, courage is to follow the motto of enlightenment and Kant’s dictum — Sapere Aude!  To use your own understanding, having the ​courage to think for yourself and question ‘received opinion,’ authority or orthodoxy.

In our daily lives, courage is a capability to confront fear, as when in front of the powerful and mighty, not to step back, but stand up for one’s rights not to be humiliated or abused.

Courage is to do the right thing in spite of danger and fear.

As when Ernest Shackleton, in April 1916, aboard the small boat ‘James Caird’, spent 16 days crossing 1,300 km of ocean to reach South Georgia, then trekked across the island to a whaling station, and finally could rescue the remaining men from the crew of ‘Endurance’ left on the Elephant Island. Not a single member of the expedition died.

As when Raoul Wallenberg, legation secretary of the Swedish diplomatic mission in Budapest in 1944, by issuing protective Swedish passports saved tens of thousands of Jews.

As when Sir Nicholas Winton organised the rescue of 669 children destined for Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

As when Rosa Parks, on December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, refused to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger.

As when Hans and Sophie Scholl — members of the resistance group ‘Die Weisse Rose’ — decided to fight the Nazi atrocities.

May their beautiful souls live on forever.

What we do in life echoes in eternity.

Näringslivstopparnas motbjudande arrogans

24 Oct, 2021 at 18:16 | Posted in Politics & Society | 1 Comment

Volvos Carl-Henrik Svanberg försökte häromdagen förklara varför Volvo AB inte vill betala tillbaka det permitteringsstöd företaget tagit emot under pandemin.

Ett av de mest arroganta — och ur etisk synpunkt motbjudande — uttalanden jag någonsin hört från svenskt näringsliv.

Makt korrumperar och förblindar.

Och som lök på laxen har vi en näringsminister som bara låtsas att det regnar istället för att ryta till och slå näven i bordet.

Herre du min milde! Och detta grodors plums och ankors plask ska man behöva höra år 2021.

Man tager sig för pannan. 

Deutschland – ein Paradies für Geldwäsche 

16 Oct, 2021 at 18:31 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Deutschland – ein Paradies für Geldwäsche 


Judith Butler — a severe case of postmodern mumbo jumbo

25 Sep, 2021 at 11:24 | Posted in Politics & Society | 3 Comments


61YybQj5SvLThe move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power.

Judith Butler

What the CIA did not tell us about its War on Terror

12 Sep, 2021 at 11:04 | Posted in Politics & Society | 1 Comment


Finansretoriska rådet — en mental härdsmälta

12 Sep, 2021 at 09:25 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Finansretoriska rådet — en mental härdsmälta

Hassler: S har ett dåligt arbetslöshetsmålEtt roligt klipp cirkulerar på John Hassler, professor i nationalekonomi och ledamot i Finanspolitiska rådet.

“Vi blev utskällda efter noter av finansministern”, säger han och tittar sorgset in i kameran.

Tydligen blev Magdalena Andersson (S) inte så imponerad av de politiska slutsatser som Finanspolitiska rådet överlämnade 2015. Hassler är fortfarande sur. “Finansretoriska rådet” kallade hon dem.

Efteråt behövde de stackars professorerna en “debriefing” med John Hasslers ordval.

Begreppet “debriefing” kommer ursprungligen från det militära och är en form av krisbearbetning som förebygger posttraumatiskt stressyndrom efter skarpa insatser.

Tänk svenska specialförband på Kabuls flygplats, poliser som jagar terrorister efter Drottninggatan eller våra veteraner från internationella insatser.

Och Johan Hassler.

Jag har faktiskt lite svårt att hålla mig för skratt.

Anders Lindberg/Aftonbladet

Islamo-gauchisme à l’université — fantasme ou réalité ?

10 Sep, 2021 at 23:08 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Islamo-gauchisme à l’université — fantasme ou réalité ?


China’s crackdown on ‘effeminate’ behaviour

10 Sep, 2021 at 20:21 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on China’s crackdown on ‘effeminate’ behaviour


Immanuel Kant quote: Freedom is independence of the compulsory will of  another, and...

Adorno’s speech against fascism

10 Sep, 2021 at 16:59 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Adorno’s speech against fascism


September 11, 2001

9 Sep, 2021 at 15:28 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on September 11, 2001


Impotence must eventually bring about what good will ought to have done but did not do: that each state becomes so organized internally that it is not the head of state, whom war really costs nothing (since he wages it at another’s cost, namely that of the people), who has the decisive voice as to whether there is to be war or not, but instead the people, which pays for it.

Immanuel Kant

Understanding intersectionality and identity politics

5 Sep, 2021 at 11:35 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Understanding intersectionality and identity politics


When I speak of 'negative dialectics' not the least important reason for  doing so is my

Dialectic of Enlightenment

2 Sep, 2021 at 15:20 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Dialectic of Enlightenment

Dialectic of Enlightenment: 15 (Verso Classics): Amazon.co.uk: Adorno,  Theodor W., Horkheimer, Max: 9781859841549: BooksEnlightenment, understood in the widest sense as the advance of thought, has always aimed at liberating human beings from fear and installing them as masters. Yet the wholly enlightened earth is radiant with triumphant calamity.

Whereas the unconscious colossus of real existence, subjectless capitalism, inflicts its destruction blindly, the deludedly rebellious subject is willing to see that destruction as its fulfillment, and, together with the biting cold it emits toward human beings misused as things, it also radiates the perverted love which, in the world of things, takes the place of love in its immediacy.

What we had set out to do was nothing less than to explain why humanity, instead of entering a truly human state, is sinking into a new kind of barbarism.

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