Reflections from the Oslo Freedom Forum 2017 – Defending Democracy

Podcast show notes

0:00 to 3:38: Introduction

  • The Oslo Freedom Forum was held May 20-24, 2017 in Oslo.
  • The theme for this year was “Defending Democracy.”
    • 52% of the world’s population lives in oppressive regimes,
    • Claim that democratic processes have slowed down.
  • An annual conference to “brainstorm ways to expand freedom and unleash human potential across the globe.
  • The real question? What does “freedom,” “democracy,” and “forum” really mean when used in the same sentence?
  • Discuss the pillars of democracy including the right to bear (unregistered) firearms.

They forgot the right to bear arms

3:39 – 9:20: The Panel Discussion in the Park

  • Attended the park event on May 21 at 3-4pm in the park by National Theater in downtown Oslo.
  • Nick expresses admiration for bold people, willing to put their lives on the line, even if they don’t agree with his beliefs.
  • Reflections from the panel discussion.
  • The role of western countries in the Middle East.
  • Thoughts on President Trump, BREXIT, and Globalism.


An Illiberal democracy is one that is hollow -just in name, having phony or show elections, like in Iran. 

9:21 – 18:24: Q&A and Debate Session

  • Key historical events leading to modern western democracy.
  • Citing Ayaan Hirsi Ali, asking about Islamic ideological reform?
  • The panelists’ response to my question.
  • Post-debate and discussion reflections.

18:25 – 24:44: Discussion of Key Questions

  • What is freedom?
  • Why is it so elusive?
  • How do you get it?
  • How do we keep it?
  • What are the tradeoffs?
  • Foundations of Freedom

24:45 – 30:10: Immigration Policy and Closing Thoughts

  • The “Equal Protection Under Law” concept (14th Amendment)
  • Banning symbols and clothes does not stop intent.
  • Applying Smart Conservatism Principals
    • Restricting immigration from non-Anglo-Saxon nations and extreme vetting.
    • Mandate more rigorous US History & Constitution curriculum and testing in schools, colleges and for those applying for residence (of any kind) and American Citizenship.
  • Closing thoughts on our responsibilities.

Notes & References:

Oslo Freedom Forum 2017 Overview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0AV74pLkxQ

Fleeing Tyranny or Bringing it with Them? ( Khadija Khan May 31, 2017 at 5:00 am)

The Magna Carta

https://youtu.be/66ZcXBUx5IA

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6Wrhivp7eQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AkAGc5nOXw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJkFQohIKNI

Linda Sarsour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w41mgPXmZNs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfAqiIZ_aDU

http://www.dailywire.com/news/12852/muslim-womens-march-organizer-attacks-female-hank-berrien#

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qle_4qiH4tU

Literacy in the Muslim World

https://muslimstatistics.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/800-million-muslims-out-of-1-4-billion-are-illiterate-dr-farrukh-salem/comment-page-1/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k2xy1yFl5g

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