”Aktiivimalli” on työttömyysturvan leikkaus ja työttömien kyykyttämistä

Julkaistu Tiedonantajassa (12.1.)   Sipilän hallituksen ns. työttömyysturvan ”aktiivimalli” on ollut valokeilassa viime aikoina. Malli rankaisee työttömiä jotka eivät onnistu saamaan pätkätyötä ja toistaa tyypillistä porvarillista käsitystä, jonka mukaan työttömyys on seurausta työttömien laiskuudesta. Hallituksen rankaisumalli ei luo yhtäkään työpaikkaa, vaan asettaa työttömät jatkuvan leikkausuhan alle. Suomen kommunistisen puolueen Turun piirijärjestö vastustaa jyrkästi rankaisumallia ja kehottaa kaikkia…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…