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Copy Link April 30, 2013

Jan Sjunnesson's book: "The Swedish Story"

In this book Swedish journalist / blogger Jan Sjunnesson tells the story of how Sweden developed from a poor rural country in the periphery of Europe to a modern welfare state and analyses contemporary extremes in culture, morals and government. The Swedish Story is written for non-Swedish readers to explain how the inner workings of welfare state and post-modern values pan out in everyday lives of Swedish citizens. The aim of the book is to start a discussion about how Sweden may become more mainstream, more European, and less extreme.

You can buy the book e.g. from - here!

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Copy Link August 30, 2007

Patricia Morgan's book: "The War Between the State and the Family"

In this economic analysis of British family policy, sociologist Patricia Morgan shows how politicians have been at war with the family over at least the last 25 years.

The family is an important vehicle for welfare provision and for income transfers to the most needy and dependent members of society. Yet the state, by providing extensive welfare provision, by financing child-care services and by taxing families on an ever-greater proportion of their income, provides strong incentives for families to break up rather than to hold together, and to form family relationships that are hidden from the authorities. Government policy has crowded out voluntary welfare within families and caused otherwise law-abiding people to commit fraud on an extensive scale.

You can buy or download the book from - here!

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Copy Link August 30, 2006

Sue Palmer's book: "Toxic Childhood"

U.K. teacher cum teaching consultant, Sue Palmer has long been worried about how our modern urban lifestyle in the so-called 'developed' world affects our children. She identifies parental absence, too much TV, video games and junk food, and too little outdoor play as main threats to healthy physical and mental development of our children.

In this book, Palmer delivers a good inventory of the nature of all these threats, as well as prescriptions for what we parents can - and should - do about it.

A list of sites where you can buy the book from can be found - here!

We give this book our highest marks! But it is obvious that political science, macro-economics or law are not Palmer's favourite subjects. We find that she fails to realise the fundamental role taxation and day-care subsidies play in the creation of the ills she identifies and wants eliminated.

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Copy Link August 30, 2006

Patricia Morgan's book: "Family Policy, Family Changes / Sweden Italy and Britain Compared"

U.K. sociologist Patricia Morgan has done an interesting thing: compared the 'extremes' in family policy, Italy and Sweden, with her own middle-of-the-road country, Britain, and come up with a vast array of interesting observations, the overarching one being how different the lifestyle choices of parents in those three countries are.

In view of the fact that Morgan didn't visit Sweden as part of her fact-finding phase before writing the book but studied us through written material from afar, we natives who have read the result are very impressed with her intellectual sharpness and her ability to extract fundamental, life-size, conclusions from apparently soulless statistics.

For example she quite correctly exposes Sweden's seemingly high rate of female workforce participation as little more than a 'Potemkin front' for very high absenteeism due to child, or own, illness or simply due to the need to make time for private errands during the only time there is for such things.

A list of sites where you can buy the book from can be found - here!

This book is essential reading for everyone who is interested in family politics - or involved in the formation thereof.

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Copy Link August 30, 2005

Gordon Neufeld's and Gabor Maté's book: "Hold On to Your Kids"

Our children need us parents way up through the years for all kinds of guidance and support. Or put differently: if you, the parent, don't involve yourself in your child, it is likely to attach itself to peers instead and then anything may happen.

That can be said to be the message in Psychologist Gordon Neufeld's and Medical Doctor Gabor Maté's book Hold On to Your Kids - Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers

A list of sites where you can buy the book from can be found - here!

The book is required reading for every parent, so do get it!

In an interesting way it builds on Gerhardt's book, making us parents realize that involvement in our children is a long-haul thing. And like Gerhardt's book, it confirms our parental instincts and helps us put words on them, which is very nicely useful in our dealings with our children, our spouses and everybody else!

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Copy Link August 30, 2004

Sue Gerhardt's book: "Why Love Matters"

In this book, British psychiatrist Sue Gerhardt explains convincingly why love, attention and bonding by the infant to a single caring adult (gladly the mother) is essential, not only to the child's emotional, psychological and social development but also - at a more fundamental level - to its neurological ditto.

Gerhardt's message is that the way we look after our children the first few years is absolutely crucial to how smart and balanced they become as adults, i.e., to what will become of them in life!

A list of sites where you can buy the book from can be found - here!

The book is required reading for every parent, so do get it!.

A wonderful thing about the book is that it confirms one's parental instincts, i.e. puts words on what you have known to be right and wrong all along! And to be able - in words - to describe those conclusions is vital in your dealings with your child, your spouse - and the rest of the intrusive world ;-)

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Copy Link July 1,2004

Allan Carlson's book: "The Swedish Experiment in Family Politics"

In subject book, PhD in history, Allan Carlson, living in Rockford, Illinois, U.S.A. and having Swedish ancestry, examines Sweden's, in foreign lands famed, family policies and arrives at very critical conclusions, e.g.:

  1. That Sweden has gone too far in coercing small-child parents to allow its government to decide how the country's small children should be taken care of (implicitly: by adults other than the children's parents).
  2. That the average Swedish voter, lacking both personal interest and formal education in politics, has been too easy a prey to our left-leaning governments' 'pork barrelling' efforts, over the years, to persuade parents willingly to hand over their children to the state's  child-care 'experts' for care, upbringing and education.

We, in this not-for-profit association of private individuals, couldn't agree with Carlson more!

A list of sites where you can buy the book from can be found - here!

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Copy Link June 30, 2004

Brian C Robertson's book: "Day Care Deception / What the Child Care Establishment isn't Telling Us"

Over the last generation, parents have felt increasingly intimidated by child care "experts" and surrendered their role as the primary educators of their children. Brian Robertson believes that this development has proved detrimental to parents and children alike. The central issue of day care is often framed in a way that pits conservatives against liberals, working moms against stay-at-home moms, and feminists against traditional families. But the real conflict, as Robertson shows in "Day care Deception", is between all parents and the burgeoning day care establishment itself, a multimillion dollar lobby with a vested interest in the expansion of subsidized day care services. Robertson shows how this establishment works to expand its power and silence its critics.

This is what The Wall Street Journal had to say about the book:

Robertson argues that contemporary feminism has betrayed its forebears, who, as progressives committed to women's welfare, extolled the domestic virtues and tried to forestall the encroachment of 'wage slavery' on motherhood. The new feminists undid all of that, pushing women back into work through no-fault divorce, equal opportunity laws, family-hostile tax policies and the constant drone of rhetoric, vilifying the nurturing role of mothers.

A list of sites where you can buy the book from can be found - here!

At this point we haven't red the book in full, only excerpts and reviews, but it looks like a trailblazer of an exposition of flawed thinking, quasi-scientific reports, self-interest getting to much sway and elected representatives not standing firm enough against special interests. In other words, another must-read for all of us who are interested in family politics.

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Copy Link August 30, 2001

Franklin Scott's book: "Sweden, The Nation's History"

Franklin D. Scott has written, what appears to be an excellent book on Swedish history, spanning the entire period of human existence on the Scandinavian peninsula, starting with the arrival of the first hunters and gatherers in the south some 14,000 years ago and ending with the present time.

What makes this book qualify for mention here is that its last few sections cover our modern history and the development of the Swedish welfare state and its effect on family life and mind frames.

A list of sites where you can buy the book from can be found - here!

A very interesting book, especially if you are into history with a Swedish twist and interested in the background to the current way of Swedish life.

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Copy Link August 30, 2000

David Popenoe's book: "Disturbing the Nest"

In this book, sociology professor Popenoe assesses the future of the family as an institution through an historical and comparative analysis of the nature, causes, and social implications of family change in advanced western societies by focusing on the one society in which family decline is found to be the greatest, Sweden.

For us Swedes, Popenoe's observations and conclusions are painful in their sharpness and relevance. He strips us naked (figuratively speaking) and shows us the high price we are paying for the so-called "welfare state" we were conned politically into embracing.

A list of sites where you can buy the book from can be found - here!

This book is required reading for all who are - or should be - interested in family politics.

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Copy Link July 31, 2000

Roland Huntford's book: "The New Totalitarians"

The New Totalitarians is a book written by British author Roland Huntford in 1971. In it, the author analyzes the political and social climate of early 1970s Sweden and argues that it resembles a benevolent totalitarian state in the mould of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.

At the time, Sweden was a nation controlled by the Social Democratic Party, which had ruled the country for 40 years. Huntford argues that this had led to complete dominance of socialist thought at all levels of Government, including the bureaucracy and the judiciary, which were all controlled by a powerful network of Social Democratic labour unions, lobby groups and partisan organizations. He also points to the fact that these networks made it very difficult for non-socialists to achieve any position of power in Sweden.

The book also analyzes Swedish society in a broader historical context, arguing that since the country bypassed the feudal system, Sweden never really developed a civic culture that champions individualism like other countries of Western Europe. He thus argues that the country's political culture and institutions are very much the product of a unique socio-political context and thus not applicable to otherwise comparable Western nations.

A list of sites where you can buy the book from can be found - here!

This book is devastating reading for us Swedes and should be highly interesting reading also to others who are intrigued by societal organisation and politics. To foreigners it is likely to serve as a warning about what is likely to happen when citizens uncritically grant the state too much power.

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