Monday, September 10, 2018


If the bottle is to be trusted, "malgomaj" is the Sami word for land where the reindeers have been grazing. It is also a lake about 200 km inland from Umeå.

As night falls, I am back with the election. In a number of municipalities, in particular in South Sweden, the Sweden Democrats is now the largest party. How do you even begin to heal such a rift? How do you bring back curiosity or even basic moral decency once whole communities have abandoned everything that the Enlightenment stands for?

Maybe the same is true for Republicans in Trump’s America, how can there be a return to civility once all these lines have been crossed? In my darker moments, I am thinking that maybe this is how civil wars begin, that we have become enemies to each.



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