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Well, not really. But I thought this was amusing, Icelanders are hunting whales again and Norway has been ignoring the international ban for years. Now we hear that celebrities are against wind power in their backyard. Kind of reminds of me of politically active liberal media moguls suing so that prols don’t have access to “their beaches”. Limousine liberals & scolding Scandinavians aren’t always wrong of course, but their priveleged place in comparison to the great unwashed, individually in the case of the former, and nationally in the case of the latter, allows them to see the “right” position a bit more easily since they don’t have to take up the burden of walking the straight & narrow after a lifetime of sin. Some are born to grace and some are not. Scandinavians have a great deal of social capital and can sit atop their perch and “do good” for others without taking a step back and realizing that not all cultures have had their felicitous social trajectory. I am sure that many Social Democrats in Sweden still don’t understand the disaster their aid to the soft socialism in Tanzania caused. In the case of whales, Norway & Icleand have indigenous cultural practices that the rest of the world doesn’t find so congenial, but are angry that others would speak down to them as if they were uncultured brutes, as if they were sea-cowboys. Ah, now they see the virtues of national sovereignty[1]. Similarly, Hollywood liberals can be “activists” all they want, but they live a lifestyle that affords them the opportunity to make all the correct choices because cost is rarely an issue for them.

[1] To be fair, oil-rich Norway has not joined the EU….

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  1. rob says:

    I seem to remember reading many years ago that Norway(or Sweden, I really can’t remember) was the poorest W. European country around 1910 or so. Then they instituted a policy of promoting invention, patents and industry, and the economy boomed. Just a little trivia.

  2. norway seems more likely than sweden, the latter has a non-trivial number of mineral resources, norway is mostly a mountainous fishing country…. (oil didn’t count for as much back, especially offshore)

  3. Katy says:

    Ah hypocrisy. Seriously I didn’t know Libs didn’t want Windmills around. That’s fairly amusing.

    I don’t care if Norway hunts a few whales as long as they don’t wipe them out.

  4. zizka says:

    Sweden was quite poor at the turn of 1900. Their timber and ore resources got them started; these industries were heavily taxed and the money reinvested in education and infrastructure.

    Oddly enough, that’s a lot of the story of my home state of Minnesota, with its large Scandinavian population (iron ore, timber, and the left-wing-socialist governor Floyd B. Olson). A non-colonial resource economy can actually be beneficial to the “natives.” Economists always say that imperialism is irrelevant, etc., but economists leave a lot out of their nice formal systems. Deliberately.

    Yes, children, there is such a thing as a right-wing-socialist. Olson wasn’t one.

  5. hey zizka, i’m thinking of movin’ to the upper midwest. and no, i don’t mind snow….

  6. hey zizka, i’m thinking of movin’ to the upper midwest. and no, i don’t mind snow….

  7. David says:

    Raz. the upper midwest is great.

    the “spring” is worse than the winter, though. Snow’s fine in February. It’s tiresome in April.

    But I’d rather live back there, than in the banana Republic of California.

  8. zizka says:

    Nah, Godless, we know them as PM Blair.

    Buy good boots. Snow is fun and cold weather can be handled if your feet are warm. After being gone for 6 years and returning I came close to frostbite (no exaggeration) by walking a mile in street shoes.

  9. bbartlog says:

    So what part of the upper midwest are you thinking of moving to? My wife and I will likely end up in west Wisconsin in a couple of years…

  10. John Ray says:

    All the Scandinavian countries now have a lot of “wog” immigrants and are not liking it a bit. So their righteousness will not last long.

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