Bjørnar Moxnes (born 19 December 1981 in Oslo) is the leader of the Red Party, having succeeded Turid Thomassen on 6 May 2012. He is a member of the Oslo city council. He was formerly deputy party leader, from 2010 to 2012.
Moxnes was raised on Nordstrand in Oslo by a mother who was a nurse and a father who worked in a kindergarten. He became politically active after neo-nazis began to make their mark in the 1990s. Later, while studying in the Oslo Cathedral School, he became a member of Red Youth.
Moxnes did his higher education at the University of Oslo, where he studied sociology. In his Master's theses Med makt i bagasjen - En analyse av politikerelitens yrkesmobilitet (With power in the luggage - An analysis of occupational mobility of politicians), he analysed the tendency of politicians to change careers from politics to PR. Moxnes concluded that characteristics such as class background and education have little effect directly on the probability of transition to high (occupational) class positions. Instead, political capital, enshrined in politics, increasingly influences this probability. He did, however, not rule out that class backgrounds and education indirectly affect occupational mobility, because high education or exclusive class backgrounds increase the likelihood of entry into occupations where the accumulation of political capital is greatest.
In 2004, Moxnes became the leader of the Red Youth after having spent ten years as secretary for the organization.
In 2010, he was elected deputy chairman of the party, and at the party's country meeting on 6 May 2012, he was elected new head after Turid Thomassen. In 2018, he nominated the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel for a Nobel Peace Prize.
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