I was brought up in a "working class" home with parents living on different adresses in socialist Sweden. They broke up before I was born so I've never been sad or anything about that. Having two homes has taguth me some lessons though.
My mother is quite the moralist, worried about a lot of things and concerned about the poor, sick, children and everything else. She is intelligent and educated, but brainwashed into thinking socialist sollutions work. Mother has always been good with money, a saver and not a waster if you will.
My grandmother was a victim of Hitlers totalitarian regime, her entire family was wiped out during the holocaust. She was in Auschwitz and suffered a great deal. She never blamed Germany or germans, instead she blamed the hungarian government for selling her to Hitler. "No one helped us because they would have been shot, not because they where evil" she says.
My father has always been a very excentric person, he is somewhat of a social genius, able to always make friends and get things done. He is also well educated. For 15 years he has been trapped in the social security system for various reasons. He has also been subject to unfair rulings by government authorities that ruled him an Indian resident after a vacation which is absolutely absurd an untrue. This lead to him being "on his own" for 2 years with no insurance, medical insurance or any "privileges" granted to swedish residents.
My father has taught me the following: politicians don't know shit, don't trust the government, don't bow to authority, you own yourself, no one can tell you what to do (incl him). Most important of all he has taught me that everyone has the right to do what they want unless they hurt anyone else. Yet he is a raging leftie, he hates markets, he hates Milton Friedman, he hates corporations and always blame capitalism for everything. he even has a picture of Che Guevera on his wall (pathetic, I know). It is really weird, he has all the libertarian principles and knowledge of history in place but his misunderstanding of the market make him think otherwise. One day he will understand, I just know it.
During my upbringing, my mother had a bunch of rules. My father had no rules whatsoever. I could do just whatever I wanted, he would never get angry with me as long as I always told him the truth. Which I did. Due to this my mothers rules where in effect useless. I didn't care much for her rules, I played video games if I wanted to and she couldn't do anything about that since I could always go to dad and play instead. This taught me the principle of tax evasion and decentralisation I think since I saw my friends with "one set" of rules (world government) as compared to "my system" where I was much more free. If mom said no, I would just ask dad instead...
The experience with my father being denied all his rights as a Swedish citizen made me realize that gov't does whatever the fuck it wants, regardless off what is right and wrong.
My father has always been really bad with money, a big spender and small earner so to speak. I've always thought that was weird and I've always been concerned with my money. I saw how money has really limited my father so much in is life, how he is much less free because he is not rich. So I wanted to get rich, I thought that if I had enough cash I could do what I wanted.
This lead me to study economics after doing science in college. Economics made me understand the market. My background in science made me understand the flaws of modern macroeconomics. This lead me to austrian economics and freedom. Everything fell in place. In less than 6 months i refuted (almost) everything I previously believed to be true about markets and socialism - I was no longer a socialist...
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