The Socialists (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)

The leaders in the Socialist Party like to think that their membership is made up of the proletariat: decent hard-working people hewing the wood and all that. In actual fact the Socialists consist of a motley crew of tired academics in cardigans and young postgraduates working in coffee shops.

This odd mix of dishevelled 68ers and young types leafing through the latest charity shop to open in the trendier parts of Oslo, love nothing better than discussing the plight of the working class while sipping a fine Bordeaux or looking up the next charity shop on their smart phone.

Currently around 4% on opinion polls, they could play this party important role in the next election. Having said they won’t necessarily sit in a government with the Labour Party, they have potential to grow as disillusioned Labourites are scared away due to Labour’s hard-line immigration rhetoric. Then again they could become completely invisible because Labour is more interested in courting the centrist Christians, than in worrying about what a bunch of not-so-trendy lefties think.

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A year to go to election day!

There’s now less than a year left until parliamentary elections in Norway (I know, I’m excited too!) The Philososloth will be covering all the leisurely twist and turns of the election as we gear up towards the big day.

In order to kick things off, I will open with a series explaining who the main parties are and what they stand for. Then I will explain some of the various coalitions that could be formed after the next election, maybe even touching on an in-depth explanation of the D’Hondt system of proportional representation.

In other words it’s going to be a wild ride. Buckle up!

Here goes…

So here it is. My first blogpost. Well second really, as I had to have a trial run to see how it all works. For an animal that spends most of its time dangling from branches, it sure can be hard to find your feet in this new world of technology.

I guess the first thing to answer is, “Why is the Philososloth blogging?” Well, I have always really enjoyed writing. Stories, essays, and articles. In journals, on napkins or in café menus. So it seems like a natural transition to make it out of the cosy habitat of pen-nibbling and nib-sucking, to keyboard clacking and suave coffee-sipping.

What I want the blog to be about? The blog is going to be about the things that really interest me. Politics, philosophy, especially ethics, reasons for action and weakness of will. Hopefully I will present these in an interesting way, allowing for one or two of my soapbox rants, if I see anything in the news that requires urgent venting. Though with my slow typing and sloth-like calm, I doubt there will be too many of these latter posts.

Well, let’s dive into it and see how it goes…