Norwegian Terrorist Update

The article discusses his (Anders Behring Breivik) support on blogs of Norwegian nationalism as well as his critical attitude on same of Islam.

Some background.  Muslims make up roughly 2%-3% of the population of Norway; asylum seekers or the children of asylum seekers make up the bulk of Norwegian Muslims.  Oslo’s population may be over 10% Muslim (it was fairly close the last time I looked).

I don’t know if it is increasing or not, but there has been consistent opposition to lax immigration policies in Norway for a couple of decades now.  I think that partly explains the success of the Progress Party (the main classical liberal party in Norway – yeah they suck on this particular issue) in recent years – they being essentially a political pariah while also becoming the second most powerful part in Norway (in the relation to the number of seats that they hold).  There has also been an increasing resentment in Norway over taxation, regulation, etc. – indeed, the Progress Party started out largely as an anti-tax movement.

Anyway, the claims in Norway about why immigration should be limited ought to be familiar to anyone following the same debate here in the U.S.; for the most part the opposition is hyperventilating over the dangers IMO (though one could push back a bit against that claim by citing examples such as what happened with the Jyllands-Posten cartoons out of Denmark).  I would say though that it becomes more difficult to have a cradle to grave welfare society when your society becomes less homogenous; less difficult to have “Club Norway” and “Club Sweden” in other words.

Oh, and Daniel, Norway is something of a stickler for fiscal austerity, particularly in times of recession. 😉

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1 Comment

  1. stickman said,

    July 24, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    I would say though that it becomes more difficult to have a cradle to grave welfare society when your society becomes less homogenous; less difficult to have “Club Norway” and “Club Sweden” in other words.

    Yes, that may be true (I would agree in large part)… But mindsets make the ultimate difference IMO.

    A rather simple, but hopefully useful, example: I have seen Norwegian kids go out of their way to pay their fares on public buses. (You may enter through the middle of the bus, but must make your way up to the front through if you wish to pay using cash, or if the card reader in the middle section is broken. This is much more effort than you might imagine when it’s crowded and everyone is in full winter gear.) Anyway, the point is that everyone pays their share even though there is basically no chance of being caught doing otherwise.

    Contrast that with the chavs I had to deal with in London… Mein Gott. Indeed, I imagine anyone who has lived there will have a number of stories about buses brought to a complete standstill due to kids (and adults) refusing to pay their fare. I certainly know a few that eventually degenerated into violence.


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