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Month: September 2017

Political Bacteria: Parties as Societal Disease

Political Bacteria: Parties as Societal Disease

Flipping through newspaper stories about the crazy shenanigans contained in the actions and proposals of “green” and “red” political parties has got my gears turning. Increasingly, I’ve come to believe that people, organisations and companies have to operate and succeed despite the presence of such parties. Their actions sometimes appear functionally indistinguishable from malevolent wreckers, hell-bent on sabotaging society at large. Politicians often shroud themselves in colorful language about “creating a healthy business climate” and “environmental justice”. In practice what…

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Did We Pass The Test?

Did We Pass The Test?

I’ve recently been reading a couple of books and watched a lot of video clips about the terrorist attacks that took place on 22. July 2011 in Norway. I was personally in Oslo at the time of the bombing and I heard the bang, although at the time I thought it was related to building construction. Naturally, the event received saturation level coverage in all the news media in the weeks that followed. The public displays of unity that bound…

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Thinking and Communicating on Different Wavelengths

Thinking and Communicating on Different Wavelengths

It becomes increasingly clear that people in the political sphere are talking around each other rather than to each other. Ever since the 2016 US presidential election season (and perhaps even before then) people fail to understand their opponent’s points of view. The other side is just plain dumb and misinformed. They can’t be rehabilitated, they’re a lost cause. As a Trump supporter in social democratic Norway, this is very clear to me. Skimming through national newspapers, both the journalists…

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Decency, Banned Weapons and Prolonged Conflicts

Decency, Banned Weapons and Prolonged Conflicts

A seeming paradox that safety conscious people have to deal with is that safety measures aren’t always the best method for achieving actual safety. Airbags, cameras for backing out of parking spaces, crumble zones around the engines and so on are typical in modern automobiles. We applaud these features because we believe that they makes us safer. But are they really? A problem with safety features is that they can lull us into a false sense of security and encourage…

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Guns & Make-up, Champions of Equality

Guns & Make-up, Champions of Equality

Equality is a buzzword that is all the rage at the moment. Equality is good, disparate outcomes are bad we are told. The traditionally mentioned and championed remedies for inequality? Government intervention and funding for social justice busybodies of course. Unfortunately, the left seems to have a monopoly on the term equality, with the moral currency that entails. I reject that conclusion. Speaking about equality, we have to mention the two different forms. Equality of opportunity and equality of outcome….

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Defending One Human Life

Defending One Human Life

Politicians and bureaucrats have to face trade-offs while deciding on policies affecting health and longevity. Is it worth it to spend X amount of money on this new drug, a new medical device, safety improvements on a dangerous stretch of road and so on. This all boils down to quantifying the numeric value of a human life in monetary terms. While it is natural to decry this practice on the face of it, what realistic alternative approach is available? The…

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Trapped in the Past

Trapped in the Past

The usual suspects are getting their panties in a twist over the upcoming German election. The prospect of right-wing party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) getting seats in the Bundestag upsets a lot of politicians and leftists. They claim that this means that far right extremists will be represented in parliament for the first time since the downfall of the Nazi Party. When it comes to right wing politics, Germany is a special case. They are to a large extent trapped…

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