I’m writing this post in response to this argument, and in case I encounter it again.
You see, I don’t think people who tell me this really believe their own words. Would they say the same to people who had different objections?
“So you were bullied in school for your Pakistani background. Why not go back where you came from?”
“So your demented granma was placed in restraints by psychiatric workers for three days, and died. Why not go back where you came from?” (btw, this does happen here).
“So racial segregation is the law where you live. Why not stop with your speeches and go back to Africa?”
I can guarantee you the same people would sing a different song if things were not the way they liked them. So why is it so surprising that I might have objections to the way things are done?
This also begs the question – would I magically become more right, if I was ethnically Norwegian? Would Norwegianness add IQ points?.. Let me tell you something – I don’t have many of the voting rights, because I don’t have a Norwegian passport. I can vote locally, but not nationally. I accept that. But seriously, I can’t even vocally express my political opinion because I’m not officially Norwegian? How about wealth – would I magically become more right if I earned a ton of money and paid 50% of it in tax? Lol, nah, then my tax&bureaucracy hate will be interpreted as typical rich girl greediness, and my antifeminism would still be called “internalized misogyny”.
“Be grateful for what Norway gives you and shut up”.
That’s another one I know and love. That person didn’t put it in those words, but it’s exactly what it means. That’s how things are run around here, and if you got any benefits at all from the Norwegian state, then stop complaining and be happy! Again, I don’t think these people believe their own words. Was confiscation and murder by communists in Soviet Union okay just because communism produced a bunch of free public services? Is gang activity okay just because they offer protection in return for loyalty (or else)? Is it okay for cops to come in and rape your daughter, just because they are paid for by the taxpayers, and protect you from robbers and other rapists? Hey, that’s how things are run around here, and since you benefit from many social goods, get used to it!
And even if this argument was true, it would apply for everyone here. Everyone gets some sort of redistributed social goods here, AND in lots of other countries that have internet. If someone ever remember themselves attacking me with this “Be grateful and shut up” argument, they have to be prepared to stay quiet if their own country does something they don’t like. But I know people won’t listen to that – they just want to say their own opinion, but want to hypocritically invalidate mine.