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Jay Nordlinger skriver om fenomenet Fremskrittspartiet i konservative National Review. Portrettet av partiet og noen ledere veksler mellom det flanerende og det mer prinsipielle. Frp er kjerringa mot strømmen i et sosialistisk land.

Seven parties have seats in the Storting, and, with the exception of Progress, all of these parties are socialist, to varying degrees. The leader of the Conservative party — the party closest to Progress — attended the Democratic convention in Denver two years ago. (Siv Jensen attended the Republican convention.) The Socialist Left party is one of the three parties that form the current coalition government. (The others are Labor and the Center party.) The Socialist Left party, in its manifesto, declares that the United States is «the greatest threat to peace in the world today.» There you go.

Frp-toppenes sterke kontakt til USA er gjennomgående, og da ikke det liberale, men det konservative, republikanske: Ronald Reagan og Margaret Thatcher i Storbritannia.

Det er vanskelig å forklare amerikanere en virkelighet som er så annerledes. Ting blir hengende i luften. Norske medier er «venstrevridde». Men hva betyr det egentlig?

She will not get much help from the media — the Progress party never has. The media here are unremittingly hostile to the party and its philosophy. They are «very red,» as Jensen says, «very red.» To add insult to injury, they are state-funded — imagine a nation of NPRs (or worse)! The Progress party aims to change this. An American who has lived here twelve years, and is a news junkie, tells me, «I don’t think I’ve ever seen a positive story about the Progress party. Not one. They’re treated like the KKK or something.» So, how does Progress make progress? Jensen says that the Internet has been a boon. It’s a way around the official media. Televised debates have helped, too, as people can see Jensen and other Progs unfiltered.

Det legges stor vekt på støtten til Israel og ytringsfriheten. Siv Jensen forteller om demonstrasjonen foran Stortinget i januar 2009: – Det mest skremmende jeg har opplevd.

Among the Progs
A peek at the conservatives and libertarians of Norway