Certainly we get many heart-felt emails from conservative Norwegians who fear for their children’s safety should they ever speak out. I agree with their silence: children come first, no matter how difficult that is. We also get emails from expatriates because many Norwegians who can leave often do so, finding a more peaceful life elsewhere.
Norway’s contemptible soviet-style “consensus” culture bullies those who refuse to fall into line. With Obama’s presidency we have seen a sharp uptick in similar leftist tactics here. One has only to listen to our Secretary of State loudly threatening those of us who stray beyond the lines she and the OIC have drawn for dhimmis: we are to be “shunned and shamed”. I am waiting to see this woman appear in a burqa soon.
In a similar vein here in the U.S., recent bullying episodes and ugly harassments have erupted over the death of Andrew Breitbart. I refuse to link them; such vitriol will never find room or voice here. While many conservatives mourn, the left dances like jihadists at a bomb scene, shouting derision and making obscene gestures at those who grieve. I hope his four young children can be shielded from the worst of these offenses against human decency.
Meanwhile, in spite of this administration's pressure, not to mention the leftists who hold hostage any hope of civil discussion, many thoughtful people are still able to speak out; they have the luxury and constitution to absorb the arrows for doing so. Nonetheless, note the numbers of commenters who feel forced to take the Anonymous route because of the danger they perceive (a real and present danger) in writing under their real names. This speaks volumes for the pressure they face.
When we started Gates of Vienna, the Baron was employed by a private company owned by liberals. They were lovely people, but would've been truly shocked if they'd been told what he was writing. It was an extremely good position, though the commute was grueling. I am grateful he worked there since it permitted us to pay the huge fees now demanded by public higher education. We'd never have been able to afford his education otherwise.
[The fB's subsequent limited and brief foray into graduate work quickly accumulated loans he will be a decade or more paying off. He could get a government job and earn government-level wages; in the old days before our government became a Leviathan, he might have done. But not now.]
So...because of a variety of changes in our circumstances (including the fact that he has to stay close to home most of the time because of my physical limitations), the Baron made the decision to go public with his real name. I've heard others take the credit for forcing him out, but that wasn't the case. When he did this he did it for good reasons in the same way that, for good reasons, he was anonymous in the beginning.
Hat tip: The Legal Project