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Norway's Biggest Party Quotes Mises, Rothbard, Hoppe in Ideology Course

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04/04/2006

The Norwegan party Fremskrittspartiet (The Progress Party) who in last year's election became the second biggest party in Norway with 22.1% of the votes and who according to the polls have now surpassed the Labor Party to become the biggest party, will soon hold a "Ideology course" (Thanks Ninja economist for the tip) to educate its members about its basic ideology, which is libertarian.

When discussing libertarian thinkers who have inspired their ideology this is what they write:

"Fremtredende liberalistiske ideologer og økonomer kan nevnes John Locke, Adam Smith, James Mill, John Stuart Mill, Frederic Bastiat, Friedrich August Hayek, og Ludwig von Mises, Ayn Rand, Murray Rothbard, og Hans-Hermann Hoppe."

Translation: "Prominent libertarian ideologists and economists which should be mentioned includes John Locke, Adam Smith, James Mill, John Stuart Mill, Frederic Bastiat, Friedrich August Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, Ayn Rand, Murray Rothbard and Hans-Hermann Hoppe"

As I think you understand, the practical policies of the Progress Party are far from being consistently libertarian, although they are more free market oriented than all other major parties in Norway (They were for example the only ones to oppose the nutty feminist law mandating that at least 40% of all board members in Norwegan companies must be women). But it is still interesting to see how they mention Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard and Hans-Hermann Hoppe as people who have inspired their ideology.

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