Saturday, 9 February 2013

Their Own Sovereign State on Norwegian Territory

Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer sends his translation of an article about a young Norwegian academic whose views on immigration and open borders might be considered extreme anywhere except Sweden and Norway.

The translator includes this note:
This is a good example of the indoctrination and political views that are prevalent on Norwegian university campuses. The fellow interviewed in this article comes across as a true Marxist, which is maybe not all that strange considering that the universities in Norway are full of professors and lecturers with backgrounds from radical communist organizations.
The article is based on an interview which was published here. The translated article from
Would allow persecuted group of people to form their own state on Norwegian soil
Kim Angell (33) is a PhD candidate majoring in political science at the University of Oslo. He has been interviewed in the latest issue of the magazine Argument, which is the student journal published at the University of Oslo
Angell was interviewed in connection with the debate on Norway’s asylum and immigration policies, which have received increased attention in recent weeks. Angell is one of the nation’s leading experts on “territorial rights”.
The questions asked by Argument were as follows: “Do we as Norwegians have the right to decide who crosses our borders, and is there a valid moral argument that gives us the right to control a territorial area?”
Angell believes that being born in Norway is like winning the lottery ten times. “It is one thing to be children of privileged parents; it is something else to be born a Norwegian. The latter is like winning the lottery ten times. “
Consequently he claims that it is morally problematic to close the borders to refugees, as this would constitute defending our luck.
Angell argues that many are of the opinion that luck should not play a role in a just distribution of wealth: “We should be judged according to our actions and not by our genes, social background or other random factors. And to the extent that a person’s birth determines his/her citizenship, we can consider the advantages and disadvantages of said citizenship to be randomly distributed.”
Angell believes that this is unjust, and that nation states should not exert complete control over their borders and be in charge of deciding who gets citizenship and who doesn’t.

“All people, regardless of place of birth or background, should ideally have the same opportunity to create good, meaningful lives for themselves. When national border controls become obstacles to achieving this, the current system where states have full control over their own borders should be questioned.”
Have the right to protection even if this result in conflicts in Norway
Angell also argues that refugees have a right to come to Norway and receive protection even if this would cause internal conflicts in Norway. Although our way of life and our values are jeopardized, we have an obligation to let them in. Angell justifies this with: “Their basic human rights trump our right to continue living our lives the way we do.”
Thus Angell believes that there are no philosophical or moral justifications for enforcing the border policies which exist in Norway and Europe today.
Wants to give away Norwegian natural resources and Norwegian territory
Angell also wants Norway to give away to others more of the revenues that we have generated from our natural resources. He thinks that there are very few moral arguments in literature to justify why nation states should have such strong rights in this field.
Angell is also open to the idea that persecuted groups of people can come to Norway and create their own state on what is today Norwegian sovereign territory.
“Or to allow a persecuted group to form their own state on Norwegian territory — if this is more beneficial than integrating them into Norwegian society.
“We have to consider these issues when we devise our own border policies,” says the PhD candidate Kim Angell.


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