Monthly Archives: May 2016

Observing Sweden – More on Migration

Sweden’s Migrant Crisis: From National Minority to Not-So-Silent Majority The all-European migrant crisis has left Sweden, renowned for its particularly lenient immigration policy, riddled with numerous “no-go zones,” which, have been growing since the 1990s. To say that Swedes are … Continue reading

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Observing Sweden – Teaching

Teaching in Sweden – Sounds Familiar Excerpt from The Local.se Why Sweden’s teachers have no time for their students.   Teachers in Sweden are drowning in paperwork and have insufficient time to properly plan lessons, a new report suggests. In … Continue reading

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Knives of the Round Table

In May of 1637, Cardinal Richelieu of France invented the table knife. Distinguished by its rounded tip the Cardinal ordered his kitchen staff to file off the sharp points on all the knives to improve his guests’ table manners. It … Continue reading

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Life on Earth – Part 5

  Excerpt taken from New York Magazine by Andrew Sullivan   Plato, of course, was not clairvoyant. His analysis of how democracy can turn into tyranny is a complex one more keyed toward ancient societies than our own (and contains … Continue reading

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Life on Earth – Part 4

Excerpt taken from New York Magazine by Andrew Sullivan And it is when a democracy has ripened as fully as this, Plato argues, that a would-be tyrant will often seize his moment. He is usually of the elite but has … Continue reading

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Life on Earth – Part 3

America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny By Andrew Sullivan   Democracies end when they are too democratic. And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny. As this dystopian election campaign has unfolded, my mind keeps being … Continue reading

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