Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer sends his translation of an article from Document.no. about the indoctrination of Norwegian children by the state (see this earlier report on the insidiousness of state-sponsored propaganda in Norway).
Indoctrinate them when they’re young, and political dissent becomes a thing of the past…
Right-wing Extremism for children
by Hans Rustad
The NRK children’s channel ‘Super’ sometimes tackles difficult topics. The term “right-wing extremism” is a sensitive one, and it tells us something about NRK’s own views when the public broadcaster tries to explain to young children what the term encompasses.
Right-wing extremism is a way of thinking.
Those who have this way of thinking, an ideology, believe that some groups in society have a more superior culture than others.
Some also believe that certain groups are smarter and more valuable than others, and that certain religions are more correct and more important.
We are all familiar with those horrible stories from WW2 about the Nazis who persecuted and killed Jews. Today we know that Anders Behring Breivik believes that Islam is a bad religion, and that he believes that Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to live in Norway and Europe. And that is why we say that he is a right-wing extremist.
He blames the Labour Party for the fact that many people in Norway are Muslims, and that’s why he killed all the young AUF members at Utøya.
This is very simplistic. To describe such a complex topic in this manner is almost doomed to fail. If the definition of the extreme right is the one given by the children’s department at NRK — to feel or believe that one is superior — then there are many different extreme right-wing groups in Norway, but it is unlikely that the children department is going to make a fuss about these other groups.
The fact that a link is established between Muslims in Norway, the Labour Party and Utøya is also problematic. It’s questionable whether it is wise to introduce children to such a simplistic way of analysing at an age where they don’t have the sufficient mental capacities to comprehend.