[QUOTE=Steamer;189834]Run out of business by the scumbags who pay mariners $2 an hour and pay politicians to bail their asses out when their houses of cards collapse.
Run out of business by scumbag lobbyists who buy politicians to provide welfare to American agribusiness conglomerates.
Kept out of business by insane “free trade” treaties that gut what little remains of American industrial capacity.
That is where they are. Just wait until Norway runs low on the oil money, you will see first hand how it works when your politicians are looking at cash on the table. They will sell your ass down the tube so quick you won’t even see it happen.[/QUOTE]
Don’t assume that things are the same everywhere. Politicians are not ALL corrupt and controlled by lobbyists everywhere. There are many countries where politicians are actually generally honest and try to do the right things for the population. In fact, I think you will find some even in the US if you are looking hard enough.
As for “free trade” and treaties of all kinds, it is a two way street. You cannot insist on free access to other markets if you build “walls” (virtual or physical) to protect your own market from competition.
Likewise, if you sign a treaty you have to stick to it, not suddenly change your mind if it doesn’t always suite you.
As for Norway running low on oil and thus money is not all that worrying. Norway was a relatively rich country before oil was found due to cheap hydro electric energy, from fishery and the world’s 3rd largest merchant fleet trading world wide. In terms of GDP per million it was ranked No. 8 in 1970: http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Economy/GDP-in-1970-per-million
Today Norway has a population of just over 5 Mill. and growing due to migration from other European countries, North Africa and the Middle East mainly, but also from North and South America and Asia.
With the largest sovereign fund in the world: http://gulfbusiness.com/worlds-10-biggest-sovereign-wealth-funds/
it is not likely that Norway will suffer too much from a total collapse of the oil market.
In fact Norway will still be doing fine in other sectors, even without being member of EU, or dependent of the largess of US aid.
The merchant fleet under Norwegian flag has shrunk, but the Norwegian owned and controlled fleet is still large and modern, as is the Offshore and Fishing fleet. Fisheries and Aquaculture is booming and Norway is still an energy rich country without oil & gas. (100% Hydro electricity)
I don’t think you should worry too much about the Norwegian political scene becoming something like the US, but appreciate your concern. I worry for you with the dysfunctional system that is being shown to the world and the potential of a shift towards even more isolationism.