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An islands high in the Arctic, embraces a model closer to the vision of Ayn Rand

Although governed by Norway, a country that prides itself on offering cradle-to-grave state support for its needy citizens, Svalbard, an archipelago of islands in the high Arctic, embraces a model that is closer to the vision of Ayn Rand than the Scandinavian norm of generous welfare protection.

Even Longyearbyen’s socialist mayor, Christin Kristoffersen, a member of the Labour Party, wants the town — named after an American industrialist, John Munro Longyear, who founded it in 1906 — to stay off limits to all but the able-bodied and gainfully employed.

“This is a very special kind of place,” said the mayor, whose town has all the conveniences of a modern urban area, including an airport, high-speed Internet and even a high-end restaurant, but faces such a struggle to survive against the elements that it has no place for the jobless or infirm.

Homelessness, like unemployment, is banned. The police enforce a rule that anybody moving outside the city limits of Longyearbyen must carry a weapon and know how to use it...

Continues: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/10/world/europe/a-harsh-clima...

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