Sometimes I have so much to say and other times… nothing. At least nothing suitable for the blog. I update my Facebook daily though, several times a day. Mostly in Swedish, about Swedish politics. In case you who have me as a friend there and don’t speak Swedish ever wonder what I’m writing about, it’s almost exclusively Swedish politics. Things I can’t be bothered to translate, because what I’m writing about is hard to put into perspective if you know nothing about the political climate and issues of my country and I can’t be bothered with lengthy explanations. Also, I doubt most of you would find Swedish politics all that interesting.

I think most of my Swedish friends don’t even find what I’m writing about Swedish politics interesting. Especially those who are of a different political opinion than me. I’m not exactly nice when I talk politics. It’s because I have a very hard time keeping the tone friendly when I’m talking about politics which I think are ruining the foundation of Sweden. There’s no nice way saying that I think everyone who votes for right-wing parties are ruining my country. And that is the way I see it.

I still prefer people I know to have right-wing political opinions than no political opinions at all though. A quick way for someone to lose my respect is to say she/he doesn’t care about politics and doesn’t vote because it’s “boring”. Everything is politics! Your salary, your job, your school, your home, the road you drive on, food you eat, store you shop in, the nature outside your window, how equal you are, your opportunities and limitations in life, your future, your kids future, the planets future. Politics affects all of those things, so not caring about politics because it’s boring that’s like saying you don’t care about any of those things and in the end, not even your own life.

It’s probably better that people who know nothing about politics refrain from voting though. I can’t stand when people only care about one thing a political party are working for or against. That one thing makes them give that party their vote and they don’t even care what the rest of their opinions are. A political party is a complex thing and it’s your damn responsibility to know what you’re voting for or against. You shouldn’t vote for the Christian party just because they’re Christians, without knowing what their political agenda is. On a side note, it’s funny actually. How the Christian party are very much right-wing capitalists when Jesus was all about solidarity and people taking care of each other.

Haha, as usual when I talk politics, I go on and on. I might even have written about these things before. I often repeat myself. That’s how it goes when you talk or write about politics every single day. This was more supposed to be an explanation of why I update my Facebook and not my blog but you got some extra ranting.

Bye for now. I’m going to lie down in bed and listen to an audio book.

21 thoughts on “The blog, Facebook and politics

  1. avatarLilly

    I don’t usually talk about politics that much because some of it, I find confusing and some of it, I feel that both solutions work. I don’t know much about Swedish politics, except for that the Swedes apparently have better voting turnouts than Americans, but I feel that America’s issues are so tied together that there’s really only one solution to the problem but finding that solution, and voting on it, is difficult. It’s also hard to vote for a certain party when you agree with half of it but not with the other half. I voted and I feel I made a difference but I strongly follow, “Don’t vote, don’t domplain.”

    Right now, the US Supreme Court is discussing the legality of gay marriage. I’m very pro-gay marriage and a lot of my friends are, too, but it completely burns my fondue when I see signs saying “Fags burn in hell” or see people post on Facebook about how they don’t think gay marriage should be legal ’cause it’s against their religion. That’s that I post about most.

  2. avatarKlemperer

    It’s funny how one finds good blogs. I teach myself swedish, read Lena Andersson books, she discusses capitalism in “Dagens Nyheter”, I find a great swedish article about that – and you write in her blog.

    Just a short addition about the capitalist christian parties and Jesus. Did you maybe read “förnuft och högmod” by Lena Andersson (2011)? A “sommar i P1″ from 2005 against Jesus is printed in that book (which did not make her a many friends in the christian world, to put it politely).
    She disagrees with Jesus being all about solidarity.

    “Och Jesus säger: “Den som inte är med mig är mot mig, och den som inte samlar med mig, han skingrar.” Det var när George W.Bush funnit Jesus Kristus som han förstod att han kunde bli president. Jesus hjälpte honom att sluta dricka och rumla. [...] De som tror att Bibelns Jesus är godheten, finner det störande att krigshetsaren Bush lutar sig mot Jesus – han som står för kärleken, toleransen, icke-våldet och omsorgen om de svaga. Men Bush har läst evangelierna och sett att Jesus ägnar sig åt helt andra saker.” (345)

    Short version – she believes Bush indeed read the bible and found things he and his most ugly “war on terror” could make good use of. Not a good Jesus full of solidarity like we all learned at school, she thinks.

    Just in case you’d like to take a look, Angelica, it’s pages 335-56 in “förnuft och högmod”. The book is not mainly about capitalism like in her march article in Dagens Nyheter, but about postmodernism (“cultural relativism”), freedom, rationalism, Jesus and more.

    Like you I could go on and on about politics! I just disagree with Lily here in parts. It goes without mentioning that every country who was against gay-marriage is ridiculous – who likes to marry has to be free to. What a funny world in which we need to fight about this. (Some gay friends of mine don’t want to marry at all, but that’s another story.)

    What gets on my nerves is that in USA, France, Germany and many more countries the *only* political things universities, cultural scenes and more discussed since surely 15 years were gay rights. Great to fight for it! But where was the rest, while workers got less and less loan, jobless got more and more, southern Europe gets drowned thanks to Merkel’s and Troika-EU’s austerity politics and…and… (gasp…^^). You get the picture. All of these things just got worse and worse, we see wars but we see nobody dying (Vietnam for our ancestors was different, people actually SAW pictures and turned against the ugly war). People don’t think about how many died since 2001, because they don’t see how ugly war is.
    In many countries left wing people were dissed and bashed by politically indifferent postmodernists or just people who heard that it was cool now to be indifferent. It was, and still to a lesser degree is – a nightmare!

    Interesting point where you say that people who aren’t interested in politics should refrain from voting. In Germany, for example, 12,5% of all jobless voted – neoliberal (FDP) in the last election. Horrible! To vote for your ennemies…(56% of all medicines voted neoliberal, by the way. I thought that was a job to help people.)
    I always thought “why do around 60% of the poorest not even vote”? But taking your view – as so many feel lost and gave up hope politics would change a thing would just vote – what the media say? Surely they don’t read blogs and lengthy comments^^ in blogs. If one knew how to get them back in, “fighting for their rights”.


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