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…

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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…

Times of Uncertainty: The Rise of Far-Right Populism

Uncertain times lie ahead. People have had their fill of neoliberalism and they’re looking for alternatives. So far, they’ve found dreadful ones. Trump was elected president of the US, Marine Le Pen currently ranks second in the polls for the 2017 French presidential elections, Geert Wilders is polling first for next year’s parliamentary elections in…

The Gospel of Entrepreneurship

As of October 2016, over 20 million men and women in the EU were unemployed. Against the social scourge of mass unemployment, hegemonic neoliberal thought prescribes entrepreneurship. In an era when ideologies are supposed to be dead, neoliberalism presents entrepreneurship as the new gospel. But the gospel of entrepreneurship is not simply ideology; it is…

Democracy and Socialism

The question of democracy in the construction of socialism is not an accessory detail. Certain currents of Marxist thought tend to view representative democracy as a mere tool for the political education of the working class, for the conquest of occasional progressive reforms, and as a political regime that generally permits free circulation of socialist…

Neoliberalism, Marginalization and Populism

Ever since the fall of “actually-existing socialism” we have been told that history reached its end, that ideologies don’t make sense anymore, that it’s time for “unideological” and strictly functional governance. This implies that organized political intervention by the subaltern classes - with their own demands and representative subjects - is obsolete. Leftist political parties…

No more “Us vs Them”

I’m not particularly enthusiastic about the notion of multiculturalism. In the best case scenario, the term denotes well-functioning and balanced intercultural coexistence. But it may also signify some form of “tolerant segregation”, a practice according to which different cultures in a given society are neatly segregated side-by-side, without effective intermingling taking place. The latter is…