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JKR

In the Scandinavian countries the social norm actually is to do battle within yourself for the greater good. The Law of Jante characterizes Scandinavian society:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_Jante

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Used generally in colloquial speech in the Nordic countries as a sociological term to denote a social attitude of disapproval towards expressions of individuality and personal success, it emphasizes adherence to the collective.

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Sandemose made no claim to having invented the rules; he simply sought to formulate social norms that had stamped the Danish and Norwegian psyches for centuries.

The reason why countries like Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Norway are social democratic seems to stem from how the Law of Jante has stamped their psyches for centuries even before social democracy and democratic socialism were formulated. Maybe our lack of our own kind of Law of Jante is getting in the way of our advancement here in North America?

NorthReport

There is no maybe about it.

JKR

Maybe the NDP could change it's name to Law of Jante Party? 

voice of the damned

That Law Of Jante sounds more like what we consider to be small-town hick morality, rather than any serious foundation for social democracy.

You're not to laugh at us.

Anyone ever read An Enemy Of The People by Ibsen? He rips the hell out of small-town community sentiment. "The minority is always right!!" is what his hero shouts at one point, in defiance of the local burghers.  

You're not to think anyone cares about you.

Sounds like the typical anti-snowflake "rhetoric", beloved among National Post columnists and CBC comment denizens.  

You're not to think you are smarter than we are.

This sounds nice when one envisions "you" to be the kind of person one happens to dislike, and "we" to be the kind of people that one happens to like: yeah, sure, if you're a rednck from rural Alberta living in downtown Toronto among progressives, you shouldn't think you're smarter than they are.

But what if you're a left-wing intellectual from downtown Toronto living in Reform Country? Presumbaly, you're allowed to think that you're smarter than the majority, right?

All in all, it's one of those empty bits of sloganeering, like "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness", or "Peace, order and good government" that can be filled with whatever policy justifications you want to advance.

 

 

 

 

voice of the damned

And if the Law Of Jante gets the credit for progressive taxation and free univeristy, should it also get the credit for this...?

https://tinyurl.com/y9h4jx8e

Directed, as those sorta thing usually were, against people considered deviant according to the dominant social norms.

 

 

 

 

JKR

This YouTube video helps explain the Law of Jante, known as Janteloven in Norway and Denmark:

https://youtu.be/yvUsNPA772M

JKR

And so does this YouTube video:

https://youtu.be/Wgde1m8jv-I

JKR
kropotkin1951

voice of the damned wrote:

All in all, it's one of those empty bits of sloganeering, like "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness", or "Peace, order and good government" that can be filled with whatever policy justifications you want to advance.

Peace, order and good government is just British boiler plate written into countless colonial regimes. Note how well it worked for Ireland.

The phrase "peace, order and good government" appears in many 19th and 20th century British Acts of Parliament, such as the New Zealand Constitution Act 1852, the Colonial Laws Validity Act 1865, the British Settlements Act 1887, the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900, the South Africa Act 1909, Hong Kong Letters Patent 1917, and the West Indies Act 1962 and the Government of Ireland Act 1920.

NorthReport

Getting back to baseball it looks like the Astros will be wearing a big target on themselves during the upcoming season and possibly getting physically hurt from so-called wild pitches when they are up at bat

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