Why are our taxes so high, not only in Sweden but in most of the world? Why are, at the same time, education, healthcare, pensions most everywhere in permanent crisis? Why are 600,000 people waiting for housing in Stockholm? Why are so many unemployed, while there are so many jobs available?
We can do much, much better than today. We can combine much more freedom, much lower taxes, much lower social benefits, with caring for each other much better, with treating the old with much more dignity, with better schools for all. We could become much wealthier, but not only for ourselves. If we are richer, invent more, create more, we can also more effectively help those who need help, here and abroad.
Unfortunately, not many understand classical liberalism, and those
who do often write books that are much too complicated. The books I
write will instead both be easy to read and go quite a bit further than
Classical liberalism is not an ideology "for the rich". It is actually not much of an ideology. First of all it seeks to explain how the world actually functions so that we do not go out and do stupid things, like rent control and make people wait for 20 years for a flat. Or handle healthcare "together", through the government so that nurses and doctors leave the hospitals and patients have to wait for months or years for treatment. Or regulate, as in the United States, where healthcare costs are a staggering 18 percent of GDP.
Classical liberalism does not mean unchecked immigration. It means almost free trade, but also that each country has the right to decide who it lets in. Because a country is a community. First of all we need to tend to our own affairs. If we do that right, we may inspire others. And "we", Sweden, the United States, Britain, France, and so on, may in turn be inspired by other countries. But only if we do well, and are allowed to make our own laws, collect our own taxes and have our own culture. We need international competition, not sterile collaboration where politicians "harmonize" and hinder innovation.
I now seek support to be able to focus on this full time. I have an American publishing contract for four new books as well as another contract for a second edition of my book Education Unchained. My goal is SEK 160,000 (about $16,700).
If I reach my goal, this will allow me to work on this until at least the end of 2020. This will give me time to publish three of the books, and make a good start on the remaining two. A stretch goal is 250,000 to get more time for seeing Swedish translations through the press.
In total, what I set out to do will likely take four years. Included will be the translation of at least two of the books into Swedish.The books are Evolution and Social Order, a second edition of Education Unchained, True Liberalism (an introduction in a novel way to classical liberalism), The Way Sweden Doesn't Work (working title, see below), and a book on political culture and how they differ in Sweden, the United States, France, Britain and some other countries
About the booksThe first book, Evolution and Social Order, will appear as a college textbook in the United States in the fall of 2019. It is a book that combines classical liberalism, evolutionary thinking, free-market economics, history and the history of ideas. Please see the preliminary cover.
Second, there is a second edition of Education Unchained - What it takes to restore schools and learning (2015). I will make some small changes to the current content and then extend it to also treat higher education. You can read about the first edition on the US Amazon page https://www.amazon.com/Education-Unchained-Restore....
Third is a book on classical liberalism called True Liberalism. This is intended to be the first book you would read to understand classical liberalism. It is a bare-bones, chiseled out, accessible and yet a complete introduction. Estimated 250 pages.
Fourth is a book on Sweden, with the working title The Way Sweden Doesn't Work, that focuses on the political, economic and social history of the past 150 years. It brings a classical liberal perspective to what was done, and also what would have happened in a range of areas if Sweden had remained a small-government country.
A small-government Sweden would have been a very different, and many times more prosperous place. The lessons from Sweden are highly applicable to the United States and other countries as well. This book is only sketched out and requires a bit more preparatory studies at this stage.
Fifth and last, is a book that will seek to explain Swedish political culture and how and why it differs from American, French, British and possibly a few other cultures. It will be a book much inspired by Alexis de Tocqueville. This book is also only in a draft stage and will build, in part, on the lessons from the forth book.
To show at least some of my gratitude, I have come up with the following reward tiers:
Anyone who donates 500 kronor ($52) will be able to buy a signed copy
of each of my books at 20 percent off the list price. If you donate at
least 1000 kronor ($104), you will also be able to buy one signed book
at 40 percent off.
If you donate 5000 kronor, I will be happy to come and give a
presentation and eat dinner with you at a public or private venue,
either in Stockholm, Gothenburg or Malmö. If you donate 10,000 kronor or
more, you are welcome to come and stay at my cottage at your
convenience for a mutually agreed period of time, where you can enjoy
fishing, boating and hiking in the Kiruna and Jukkasjärvi surroundings,