It was with sadness, but not complete surprise, that I read last night of the arrest of men’s rights blogger Eivind Berge. Evind has been arrested for making threats on his blog against police officers.
Although I do not wish to sound disloyal to Eivind, and although I’m pretty sure that his threats were hyperbole and the ventilation of anger, having read them last night, it was hardly a surprise that they were taken seriously by the Norwegian police. W.F.Price has written a piece on Evind’s arrest at The Spearhead.
Eivind Berge is one of the few men’s rights supporters who is adamantly pro-male sexuality, and recognises that his duty as an MRA is to question feminist sex laws that criminalize and jail men – even those feminist laws that happen to co-incide with the selfish interests of father’s rights supporters or American puritans.
Having said that, I did find some of the opinions put forth on his blog to be extreme and reckless – such as that ‘rape is equality’, or that it is impossible for women to abuse boys.
Up until last night, I can’t recall reading any threats against the police on his blog, although I remember reading one post in which he discussed violence in a reckless and hot-headed way which left me a little uneasy. I chose not to drop my link to him, because I am of the opinion that allowing angry men, who can see what the feminist system is doing to men – themselves and others, a legitimate channel to vent their frustrations and complaints (via blogging) is the best way to avoid that anger from turning into violence. Again, not that I think that Eivind had serious violent intent, although I do not know him beyond reading his blog writing, and have never had any contact with him online or offline.
The position of this blog is and always has been that even one act of violence could do irrepairable damage to the men’s rights movement at this stage (the actions of George Sodini and Anders Breivik had absolutely nothing to do with the MRM – despite what the former statutory rape apologist David Futrelle pretends). There really is no moral or tactical excuse for violent action while we are still free to give a voice to our complaints, and especially when that voice is increasingly being heard (of course, attempts to silence the MRM and any opposition to feminist laws are growing by the day).
I would also never encourage others to do what I, myself, am incapable of doing (violence).
Our thoughts are certainly with Eivind, and let’s hope that the authorities in Norway recognise that his threats were hyperbolic and merely expressions of frustration at a feminist system that is destroying men.