<the twofold side of tegis>
Carl-Mikael A. Teglund (tegis) – Swedish emigrant who likes globalization, freedom of speech, social mobility, creativity and the wild Nordic nature.
<till alla svenskar>Varför skriver jag på engelska? För att jag bor utomlands (oftast) och jag vill att så många som möjligt av mina vänner skall förstå och kunna hänga med i bloggen. Jag vill också ge en annorlunda (liberal) syn på Sverige och omvärlden från en svensk till omvärlden. En syn som kanske inte är så stereotypt svensk och som människor utanför Sverige inte tenderar att associera med vårt land …
<cont. in English>The themes here are a wide-scope reading; like politics, music, art/design, philosophy, languages (etymology and linguistics) and about my traveling circus *lol*. Perhaps mostly on politics though, where I support the ideas and views expressed in the works of classical liberalism in the European tradition. Smith, Cobden, Chydenius, Voltaire, Ricardo, Bastiat, Karl Popper etc. are all a part of that groundwork of ideas on which I rest upon. More modern influences would be F.A. Hayek, Ayn Rand, Ron Paul, von Mises, Milton Friedman, Hernando de Soto, Peter Schiff, and Ken Schoolland. In Sweden there are a few interesting people out there actually – e.g. Paulina Neuding (ed. neo), in the Swedish Parliament Annie Johansson (C) and Fredrick Federley (C), and, of course, the liberal free-lancer Johan Norberg.
As already mentioned, I have a thing for globalization, freedom of speech, social mobility, creativity and the wild Nordic nature. I am a staunch supporter of the idea that individual liberty ought to be maximized as far as it goes within the limits of reason. Your freedom ends where my begins. We also need to stay in contact with our history to better understand our present and to be able to build for the future. I believe that a greater historical awareness is something that should – put together with a focus on liberal values and human rights – be better emphasized in our basic education. I am also in favor of environmental conservation (not necessarily only on governmental level) and the improvement of the state of our environment with the help of new green technology and unbiased and independent research on the field.
The worst enemies against a healthy and thriving society are socialism, ignorance, lack of respect for our common resources and the environment, bigotry, lust for power, rootlessness, and the glorification of backwardness (cultural & environmental relativism).