Regressive, post-Enlightenment, totalitarian throwbacks.
Oh and he has a whole host of other big statist policies he wants to inflict upon the Finnish public, as well as seeing instituted across the European Union.
This is what FDR’s fascist/statist policies did to the US:
Roosevelt secured passage of the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA), which levied a new tax on agricultural processors and used the revenue to supervise the wholesale destruction of valuable crops and cattle. Federal agents oversaw the ugly spectacle of perfectly good fields of cotton, wheat, and corn being plowed under. Healthy cattle, sheep, and pigs by the millions were slaughtered and buried in mass graves.
Even if the AAA had helped farmers by curtailing supplies and raising prices, it could have done so only by hurting millions of others who had to pay those prices or make do with less to eat.
Perhaps the most radical aspect of the New Deal was the National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA), passed in June 1933, which set up the National Recovery Administration (NRA). Under the NIRA, most manufacturing industries were suddenly forced into government-mandated cartels. Codes that regulated prices and terms of sale briefly transformed much of the American economy into a fascist-style arrangement, while the NRA was financed by new taxes on the very industries it controlled. Some economists have estimated that the NRA boosted the cost of doing business by an average of 40 percent—not something a depressed economy needed for recovery.
Last week, union leader Antti Rinne successfully challenged Social Democratic Party chair Jutta Urpilainen on both her domestic and European policies. He captured the leadership seat at a party convention – but only by 14 votes.
Across the European Union, social democratic parties have been gaining ground of late. In the upcoming elections, they are vying with the conservative block for control of the European Parliament. Despite this, the general rise in support has not helped Finland’s SDP. Though it has traditionally been one of the country’s biggest parties, its support level is now languishing around 15 percent. However it remains the second-largest partner in the current five-party coalition government.
A New Deal for Europe
Rinne wants a stronger government role in job creation. Rather than austerity, he prefers stimulus to get investment moving. This is in line with the Euro-Parliament’s S&D bloc, which advocates a Progressive Economy Initiative. It calls for more gradual moves to balance state budgets, investments to create jobs in creative sectors and better care for the disadvantaged.
These ideals echo the New Deal instituted by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democrat who established the Public Works Administration to combat the Great Depression of the 1930s. He instituted massive publicly-funded building projects to create work while controlling agricultural production to raise prices.
The EU has been moving clearly away from such measures during the past decade and a half, when right-leaning parties have led the European Parliament and Commission. A win for SDP candidates across the continent could reverse that trend.
In the run-up to the European Parliament election on May 25, Yle is devoting a full day of coverage to each party across all its platforms and language services. The SDP is in the spotlight on May 14, the first day of advance voting. Citizens of all EU countries are eligible to vote in Finland’s European Parliament election.