The following op-ed was written by Ole Jørgen Anfindsen, who owns and operates the website Honestthinking.org. Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer has kindly provided a translation, and includes this introduction:
Anfindsen’s piece is a response to an op-ed written by Thomas Hylland Eriksen in which Eriksen effectively referred to those who are critical of Norway’s immigration policies as ‘reptile brains’.
Anfindsen is a very knowledgeable and a highly respected writer and thinker. He focuses mainly on subjects such as immigration, genetics and demographic trends. Fjordman actually contributed a chapter to Anfindsen’s book ‘the suicide paradigm’. Anfindsen also testified as an expert witness in the Breivik trial, focusing on the ‘impartiality’ of the SSB (State Statistics Bureau) and different demographic scenarios for Norway.
Needless to say, Anfindsen, like every other outspoken critic of current immigration policies, has been ridiculed and bullied by the Left in the wake of the 22/7 attacks.
For more info about Anfindsen, look here.
The translated op-ed from VG Nett:
The term “siren song” is used to denote something which seems nice and attractive, but which will ultimately end in disaster for the one who gets seduced, writes Ole Jørgen Anfindsen.
We need a lot of luck
Thomas Hylland Eriksen (THE) is preoccupied with what he refers to as the reptile brain’s siren song in his op-ed on June 7.
In it he talks about instincts which make people want to live in societies with individuals similar to themselves. I agree with him that in the most basic human nature are instincts and tendencies which must be kept in check. But at the same time, I believe that social anthropologists and their peers have an unfortunate tendency to underestimate the challenges we face in this field.
Strikes both ways
THE goes to the heart of the problems when he writes:
“There are no valid reasons for allowing one’s actions to be governed by the reptile brain when we have a perfectly good cerebrum at our disposal.”
That is a good statement!
The big question, however, is to what extent a society can accommodate big differences before people’s cerebrums are overpowered by signals from the more primitive nerve centers of the brain
And it’s not just Norwegians who in certain situations may be more influenced by such instincts than what is considered healthy. Immigrants are also equipped with reptile brains, and will when circumstances call for it feel compelled to protect the interests of their people, their clan, their tribe and their ethno-religious group.
THE has apparently not realized that his siren song metaphor can strike both ways. It does not only affect anachronistic immigration opponents who are incapable of accepting that the world is constantly changing. It also affects immigration utopians who refuse to realize that human nature sets limits to what types of society which can function in real life.
Because how is the average Norwegian going to react when it finally dawns upon him or her that people with a different appearance, different mentality, different behavior and with other priorities are going to take over the country?
It is all about integration
This is not about a narrow-minded view that everything Norwegian is eternal and unchangeable (views that Hylland Eriksen mistakenly attributes to me), or that immigrants cannot become Norwegians within a generation or ten (depending on who they are and where they come from).
This is more about society’s ability to integrate those who come here. If integration keeps up with immigration we’ll all be able to relax and rejoice in a dynamic and diverse society. If not, our safe, trust-based and well-functioning society will be destroyed.
According to SSB (Bureau of statistics) ethnic Norwegians will become a minority in this country within 40 to 50 years (I was ridiculed for claiming the exact same thing only seven years ago). SSB also predicts that by the year 2100 there could be more than 12 million people living in Norway.
My position is that we need a lot of luck if this is going to end well. Unfortunately, much of what is Norwegian looks to be swept aside by a demographic tsunami. My hope is that people will wake up before it’s too late, and instead of witnessing the downfall of Norway and Europe we’ll be able to listen to the swan song of the social anthropologists.