The Arctic’s last idealist

Big island, small town population.

Big island, small town population.

What happens to a nationalist movement that can’t find a way to pay for its aspirations?

Aqqaluk Lynge, the urbane poet-politican who currently heads the Inuit Circumpolar Council’s Greenland section, doesn’t even try to reconcile the irreconcilable, as is evidenced by this quote in the November 2009 issue of The Atlantic.

“When I’m lying awake at night, I pray we don’t find oil.”

Meanwhile, the economist Anne Sibert, who now advises the government of Iceland, asks if Greenland is too small to be a country.

Ben Muse, an economist from Alaska, writes about Sibert’s article in his excellent blog, Arctic Economics.

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