Autocracies are bad for the future generations.

Spoiler: Rule of law is weaker, and corruption is stronger in autocratic countries. This is not only detrimental for today’s generation but also for future generations. The reason is that stronger corruption and lower levels of social trust in autocracies distorts incentives and thereby savings and investments decisions. This makes innovation weaker in autocracies than in countries which are characterised by institutions rendering them rule of law and weak levels of corruption.

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Another corrupt year passed by

Spoiler: Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2020 shows little progress. Corruption declined 26 countries but increased in 22 countries. More than two thirds of the 180 countries that are covered, score below 50 on the index where 100 is the utopian score for a country without corruption.

There is as usual a clear difference between autocracies and democracies. Transformations of countries from autocracies to democracies normally brings about less corruption. And corruption normally grows stronger in countries which turn autocratic as the Hungarian example shows. Poland seems however to be an excemption. Even though its government has reduced the media’s freedom and the judiciary’s independence, the members of the government do not seem to have taken advantage of these opportunities to enrich themselves.

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En förstärkning av vårt försvar är den bästa fredsstrategin

I korthet: Det här inlägget utgörs av en insändare som publicerades i Ystads Allehanda 26/1 2021, länk här. Insändaren är en replik på en annan insändare av två desinformatörer från Folk och Fred. Folk och Fred är som bekant en facebookgrupp bestående av i första hand små kremliner som sprider Kremls desinformation och lögner. Det är de vanliga misstänkta vilket den säkerhetspolitiske experten Patrik Oksanen visat bl.a här.

Summary in English: This post is a letter to a Swedish newspaper. The letter is a reply to another letter sent by two members of a pro-Kremlin organisation, or rather a facebook group whose members are trying very hard to be to be taken seriously.

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Satsa på fred och säkerhet – gå med i NATO.

I korthet: Den här debattartikeln på unt.se skickades in som en replik på ett antal kremliners debattartikel. De vill inte att vi ska kunna förbereda oss för att försvara vårt land gentemot ryska aggressioner. Deras nonsens här. En av undertecknarna ljuger om sin akademiska titel. Igen. I debattartikeln kallar han sig adjungerad professor. Denna titel innehade han under tre år, se här. Han var adjungerad professor i tre år för en extern anställning, alltså inte vid universitetet. Det sista året före sin pensionering arbetade han som forskare vilket alltså var titeln han innehade vid sin pensionering.

Summary in English: This post is a letter to a newspaper. The purpose of the letter is to reply to a letter sent by some pro-Kremlin people who don’t want us to be able to defend Sweden or help the Baltic countries against Russian aggression. One of the co-signers is a man regularly assumes academic titles he doesn’t have. Pathetic as most Kremlin trolls.

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