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One of the surprising things about Scandinavia is how well Scandinavians speak English. Ole Jorgen Anfindsen's blog has an English section for  those of us who can't read the  "Norsk stoff"  (Norwegian material). For those of you can, of course, the "Norske og skandinaviske lesere vil kunne finne stoff på norsk her."

It's got a lot of good stuff in it, as well as some intriguing, carefully linked quotes down the sidebar.

The deep crisis of the West

 By Ole Jørgen Anfindsen, Oslo, Norway

editor, HonestThinking  (ole at 

Sometimes we make things too complicated. This article is an attempt at explaining, using as few words as possible, why Europe in particular, and the entire Western world in general, is in a deep crisis. This explanation will be followed by a brief discussion of some possible objections, after which several sobering facts and quotes are provided. The article is wrapped up with some concluding thoughts and remarks.

 My pessimism on behalf of the Western civilization rests on the following simple observation: Somewhere, somehow, there has to be a limit to the amount of diversity a society can handle without becoming dysfunctional. 

I am not pretending to know exactly where this limit is; I am merely claiming that such a limit must necessarily exist. [More]

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