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Crudity As A Political Weapon

Crudity As A Political Weapon

“Pee, poop and toilet paper are all that belongs in the toilet”. These are the words of a governmental anti-rat campaign that ran last year in Oslo, Norway. On its surface the words ring true, food scraps stuck in the sewers serve as food for hungry rats and encourage breeding. Throwing non-degradable sanitary and hygiene products into the toilet can clog the pipes, allowing easy access for the rat population. As such the campaign seems to make a lot of…

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Not So Charitable Charity

Not So Charitable Charity

Charities are good and above reproach, right? When I was young (and naive) I believed in the collective lie that we tell ourselves. That charities and NGOs are firmly planted in the category “good” and that any contributions would go to help the needy with as minimal an overhead as humanly possible. I thought that all employees of such organisations must be pure of heart without a selfish bone in their bodies. Alas, this untruth failed to survive even the…

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Corrupting Tentacles of State Money

Corrupting Tentacles of State Money

It is interesting how the source of big societal problems has shifted over the last decade. During my political awakening during the Bush administration the government was the big threat to free speech. Governmental censorship was the punching bag and the opponent we could all stand united against. Now, the greatest threat to free speech are the overarching megamaniacal private tech companies and the wider social justice movement. It is frightening how powerful these few entities have become. Just like…

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Dereliction of Duty

Dereliction of Duty

“We can no-longer depend upon the United States” has become an increasingly common statement uttered by European politicians. They are of course referring to Donald Trump’s demand that European NATO member states start contributing more to the collective defense of the Western Hemisphere. The US currently ponies up about 70% of the total cost of NATO. NATO countries have committed to spend 2% of GDP on defense within 2020 (I think?). The US is currently at 4,7 (approx). The response…

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Beyond The Surface

Beyond The Surface

If you want to truly understand the politics of the modern world, you have to dig deeper than the surface. Politicians, activists, organizations, media actors and other interested parties often cloak their real intentions in acceptable issue-shrouds. Environmentalism is often in practice a green mask for socialism. Molyneux has used the metaphor: “They’re like a watermelon, green on the outside, red on the inside”. Particularly in the West, we wish to preserve the pristine nature of the wilderness. Who can…

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Honest Corruption

Honest Corruption

Sometimes I get the feeling that the United States is in a better situation than Norway in regard to corrupt politicians. In international rankings Norway scores way ahead of the US in terms of public perception on the level of corruption in society. As a Norwegian myself, I can confirm that most people on this side of the Atlantic are “true believers” in a manner of speaking. They really believe that politicians have the best interest of the population at…

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