NORWAY: Voting Away Freedom

For four days and nights last week, conservative and moderate deputies hurried to the speaker's stand in the big, drafty chamber of Norway's Storting to cry "Danger!" Their words whistled through the Parliament like the wind; the other side had the votes. This week the longest Storting debate since 1909 ended. Free Norway voted voluntarily, 53 to 39, to take the road towards an economic dictatorship. Behind this move were men who are neither Fascists nor Communists, but deputies of the vigorously pro-democratic Labor Party, which has ruled Norway for 18 years;...

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