Socialism is the Solution for Venezuela

Venezuela has permanently been on the news during the last few months. The country’s dire economic situation and the violent protests organised by the right-wing opposition to Nicolás Maduro have drawn the attention of Western media, which usually convey a discourse conditioned by the interests of North-American imperialism in the region. But what is really…

A zombie world

Michael Roberts Blog

The zombies arrived at the G20 meeting in Hamburg this weekend – and I don’t mean the G20 leaders but a group called Gestalten, who dressed as zombies and walked through the streets.  The group said they wanted the G20 to stand for a more open, egalitarian society, rather than power in the hands of the few; and wanted to send a symbol of solidarity and political participation out to the world.

There was little sign of solidarity among the leaders of the capitalist world in Hamburg.  US President Donald Trump, after flying in to see the right-wing president of Poland (as a snub to Putin?), made it clear, in his own peculiar way, that the US would not return to the Paris Accord on climate change and would resist any G20 statement that committed the US to open and free trade.  Indeed, Trump is considering imposing tariffs on EU…

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The Finnish Basic Income is a Hoax. And Liberals are Falling for It

The Finnish universal basic income (UBI) experiment has once again deserved attention from the international media, this time from the “proudly liberal” The Independent. As has been the norm in media reports devoted to the Finnish UBI, the British newspaper gives us a very superficial and uninformative piece of journalism. It limits itself to quote…

Yhdessä olemme vahvempia! (Puhe, 12.6.17)

Pitämäni puheenvuoro "Työpaikkoja, ei sakkoa!" -mielenosoituksessa (Turku, 12.6.17) Hyvää iltapäivää ja kiitos tähän tärkeään mielenosoitukseen osallistuville! Joukkotoiminta on nykyään tärkeämpää kuin koskaan jos halutaan puolustaa meidän yhteiskunnallisia oikeuksia, niin kuin oikeutta työhön. Työttömyys uhkaa kaikkia Suomessa olevia työläisiä, mutta se vaikuttaa meihin maahanmuuttajiin erityisellä tavalla. Maahanmuuttajille, koulutuksen tasosta riippumatta, on ylipäätään haastavampi löytää työtä kuin…

The “Lesser Evil” Stratagem: Did Fascism Become Handy Again?

From a historical perspective, fascism was a quite useful tool for the survival of capitalism. Despite the widespread mainstream interpretation of the rise of fascism in twentieth-century Europe as a sort of “mass paranoia”, fascism was in fact sponsored by the European bourgeoisie as a weapon to crush down the labour movement. It served to…

Vapputervehdys, 1.5.17, Vanha Suurtori, Turku

Toverit ja ystävät, Suomen kommunistisen puolueen puolesta, kiitän teidän läsnäolostanne tässä vappumarssissa. Tänä vuonna meillä on taas yhteinen vappu, missä työväenpuolueet kokoontuvat yhdessä juhlimaan kansainvälistä työväen päivää. Ja kansainvälisenä työväen päivänä on syytä muistuttaa työväenluokan yhtenäisyyden tärkeydestä työväen liikkeelle. Nykyajan Suomessa työväen yhtenäisyys on tärkeämpi kuin koskaan. Kun Suomea hallitsee porvarillinen yhteisrintama (Keskusta, Kokoomus ja…

The Finnish Social and Healthcare Reform

Privatization projects of welfare systems are often justified with demands for “freedom of choice”. With this noble ideal on their lips, neoliberal governments attempt to legitimize privatization of social and healthcare services, schools, etc. The Finnish government is applying the exact same argument to undertake the widest privatization process Finland has ever seen: the social…

Helsingin Sanomat and Sipilä’s Unconditional Basic Income

In case someone thought I was being too harsh on Helsingin Sanomat (HS) in my previous post – after all, we were facing a mere report based on the personal experiences of three individuals – here’s something for you. HS has granted the status of editorial policy to its docile attitude towards political power on…

And Again, the Finnish Basic Income

The Finnish unconditional basic income experiment has barely commenced and the first media reactions to it are already out there. For example, Helsingin Sanomat (HS), one of the most popular Finnish newspapers, interviewed three participants of the experiment who replied to the newspaper’s invitation for basic income beneficiaries to publicly share their experiences. The title…

The Finnish Basic Income Experiment

Finland has been in the international media’s limelight recently. No, I’m not referring to Juha Sipilä’s dictatorial attempts of conditioning the public broadcasting company. I’m talking about the Finnish government’s experiment of implementing an unconditional basic income, which has been praised by many as a welcomed solution to cut red tape, reduce poverty and boost…