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Me at the age of 11 and already interested in politics. Why? We are not born blank slates but with different abilities and interests from birth. Other interests were the ones listed below.

About yours truly

My name is Staffan A. Persson and I am the one who have presented the revelations from Machiavelli. I have been fascinated by politics since I was a child. I planned to become a politician, but that did not occur. Instead, I have worked in different capacities in sales, marketing, and public relations, which have more in common with politics than politicians realize or want to admit.

I was born in 1947, in Gothenburg, Sweden. I have a degree in business administration from the University of the City, and been living with Inger for 28 years. We have a black poodle, which obviously has sneaked into the page. Do not read her impertinent comments. Some will do anything to get attention. Such should not be encouraged.

Now, let me tell you something personal about myself by presenting a few of my favorites, past and present.


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– Make a poodle? Just because I chewed on mom’s shoes and master’s glasses? Never in my life! The only time I lie on my back with my legs in the air is when I want them to pat me on the stomach. They do. They are quite wise to be human; easy to train to do what I want. (“Making a poodle” is a Swedish idiomatic expression to show remorse when a politician has done something stupid. The term was named after a poodle that was said to lie on his back to ask for forgiveness.)

Some favorites


Favorite among the world politicians in history

George Washington had the strength of mind to leave his position of power after eight years as president and thereby set an example for the presidents who came after him. Putin had the same opportunity, but his obsession with power may very well end in disgrace and humiliation, as has occurred with so many who clung to power.

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– Most admired? He forgot that very special Italian politician from Florence in Tuscany. However, if you say nothing, I say nothing.

Favorite among Swedish politicians in history

Johan August Gripenstedt (1813-1874), Secretary of Finance, made decisive contributions toward the establishment of democracy in Sweden and the preservation of peace. He convinced King Charles XV to break his promise to the King of Denmark to go to war on behalf of Denmark against Germany in 1864. This critical juncture enabled him to step forward and present himself as a Great Man. We have not had too many of them in Sweden. His introduction of legislation to promote economic freedom, freedom of trade, and the representation reform abolishing the estate parliament paved the way for democracy in Sweden.

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– Then, there is the question of the individual dog’s importance to historical development. If a certain dog is given credit for something, but had not been there to do it, history would have had another dog do it; thus, the result had been the same. That is how we dogs see it.

Favorite book on politics

The End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama has a consistent theme: only those states survive that recognize the human rights and dignity of its citizens. Recognition is the key word, and according to Fukuyama, much political development can be attributed to this recognition. People desire to be recognized as equal, and then their quest is to be recognized as superior. Every theory of historical development based on economic factors is incomplete if one does not consider the struggle for recognition as a major driving force, Fukuyama writes. The book also recalls the importance of having the right title. Everyone thinks they are living at the end of history. The idea that the world should continue for another million years without them being part of the exciting future is as exciting as leaving the cinema at a movie’s climax. The book’s promise is that we have seen the end of days and could comfortably leave the world when the time has come. Had the book been named what it concerns, The Importance of Recognition for the Survival of a Society, it would have hardly sold so well.

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– Certainly, you understand the mission of dogs for the last ten thousand years. We recognize our masters and mistresses as human beings. We wag our tails and jump on them to show that they are worthy of love, despite what they have done or who they are.

Favorite book – non fiction

Cannibals and Kings by anthropologist Marvin Harris describes human cultures, myths, and religions as securing the survival of communities that he claims are shaped based on materialistic needs. Aztec ritual human sacrifice was a religious superstructure of a cannibal culture to satisfy the need for protein. Cows are sacred in India because their agricultural society depended on oxen for their survival. Jews had God banish pork because pigs competed with humans for food. These are some of the hypotheses Marvin Harris presents in an exciting and convincing way.

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– I love science. The picture above was taken when I was a pet devoting myself to some scientific investigations. You can never learn too much.

Favorite books – fiction

I read The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson for the first time when I was 10 years old and have re-read it five times since. The Long Ships is a high-spirited story filled with subtle humor concerning dashing Vikings wielding beer tankards and swords. The scene of the severed head rolling in the cask of beer, which tasted better than usual, is the type of episode that makes me laugh.

The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard portrays the self-righteous and unsuspecting Etienne Gerard sitting at a bistro, slurping red wine and discussing his supposed exploits. It is written by Conan Doyle, best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes. However, Doyle thought it was more fun to write historical novels, and this is my favorite. However, I have only read this book four times since I was a boy.

Certainly, I have read more sophisticated literature, but this concerns what I have read the most.

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– Ha! He wants to seem folksy with a simple taste with which ordinary people can identify. When we go out, because I need to, well you-know-what, I must bite him on the leg to get him to put away Ulysses by James Joyce, In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust, or Heidegger’s Being and Time.

Favorite Tourist Attractions

Epcot in Orlando Florida is one of Disney World’s four theme parks focusing on technology and human progress. Epcot is an exciting museum combined with physical experiences, such as driving a car on a test track in one location and going to Mars in another location.

The most exciting tourist attraction in Sweden is the city of Visby on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. The walled medieval town with old buildings is evocative and has my imagination soar to life to historic times.

 


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– What’s wrong with Stockholm? There are as many lampposts, rabbit holes, and rats, as anyone could want. In particular, I like to lie on my back to rub the remains of birds and rats into my fur, to hide my own smell. Then I go in search of a prey.


Favorite TV-series

The Sopranos enthralled me for a long time because of how it portrayed human nature in the exotic culture of the American Mafia. There is love and friendship in the family and the people closest to them, but the further out from the center of the family, the more the plot unfolds and the more selfishness and evil spreads and turns to total ruthlessness.

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– We the dogs study human nature all day, and so we do not have to see it on television. There are no secrets kept from us, partly because people think we do not understand anything, and partly because smells tell you everything they try to hide, such as anger, envy, sorrow, and anger.

Favorite film

Sliding Doors cleverly executes two parallel story lines without getting lost and shows how chance can shape a life in completely different ways, similar to real life.


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– Pooh. I am thankful that he did not mention Lady & The Tramp or Lassie. They have caused a lot of trouble for us dogs, when masters and mistresses have tried to teach their dogs to be similar to Lady & The Tramp and Lassie. However, no dogs in the world are similar to Lady & The Tramp and Lassie, not even Lady & The Tramp and Lassie.


Favorite beverage

Pilsner Urquell is the original from Pilsen in the Czech Republic and has malt and hop character like few others. The relatively low alcohol content of 4.4 percent does not deafen the aroma of the hop.

Among non-alcoholic drinks, nothing is better than a glass of Swedish tap water, an utterly underrated beverage to quench your thirst.

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– He says he likes water. Red wine has 87 percent water and whiskey has 60 percent. I say no more.

Favorite dish – orange and rosemary salmon

Ingredients (Four persons)

  • – 650 g salmon fillet in pieces (1.4 lbs.)
  • – Salt & Pepper
  • – 2 teaspoons of rosemary
  • – 2.5 dl cream 15% fat, and 2.5 dl milk (8.5 oz.)
  • – 5 tbsp. truly concentrated orange juice

Do this

  1. Place the salmon in the baking dish as much as the salmon will fit, with the skin down. (Preferably, the skin is removed, but this is not necessary.)
  2. Season with salt, pepper, and rosemary.
  3. Mix the cream, milk, and juice and pour over the salmon.
  4. Bake in the oven at 225 C (437 F) degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Serve with rice or potatoes, preferably with green peas.

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– My favorite food is candies released by horses and rabbits in the wild and pizza slices and chicken remnants that picnickers leave behind. However, I must be quick because if my master or mom sees what I eat, they pull the leash and yell at me. At home, they force me to eat something they call “dog food.” Hua, but you cannot starve to death, least of all because they had me not eat shoes such as this.