Of course YLE is confused, but we know that the Reds (communists) were always wrong…
Yle tries to ply the middle road but the act of juxtaposing one (the Whites) with the other (the Reds) is disingenuous as it is intellectually dishonest. Did Finland have landowners that abused the tenants who worked their fields? Yes. But what happens in the private sector can never be compared with what happens through the halls of communist government. This is like comparing an apple with a watermelon.
Here’s a quote for you:
Emeritus professor of political history Seppo Hentilä says the disparate result could be linked to long-term speculation about what would have happened had the Reds won the battle.
“We have repeatedly heard the interpretation that the Reds would have put Finland on the path to socialism and a version of the Soviet state. It is hard to say whether this theory is true. Scientific research into history has told us that imagining how things might have played out is a poor method indeed,” he says.
Looking at other European states where the Reds (communists) successfully achieved full political control, we KNOW what happened, a top-down structured police state with full authority to implement socialist policies in order to achieve fully communist state. Mass murder of people were commonplace, countless others left to live in despicable prisons. Leave it to blowhard professors to downplay the real dangers socialist/communism posed to societies back then, and now.
What’s also worrisome, is that while a 1/3 of those questioned in the YLE poll thought the anti-communist forces (the Whites) were justified, a 1/3 of those polled said that, morally, there was no difference between the two sides, that both were fighting for what they thought was right.
It seems some of the people polled felt the same way, as almost a third of the survey respondents responded that there was no difference between the two sides, as both were fighting for what they saw was right.
Excuse me? Thanks to the modern day school system being flooded with simpletons and hardened ideologues (many Left-wing), many people haven’t a clue as to what liberty actually means. What is the best kind of government needed to secure the individual’s liberty from a tyrannical government and oppressive forces within society. What we have instead is a public indoctrinated with the cult of statism. Government is the answer to everything, all must pay homage to the consensus of the collective.
The socialists actually won, which can be seen in th eslave-like attitude most have here regarding government in general (welfare state) the EU and the UN and every other kind of utopian based international organization.
Civil War still divides Finland after 100 years, poll suggests
As the 100-year anniversary of the start of the 1918 Finnish Civil War approaches, Yle asked Finns about the lingering effects of the conflict.
An Yle survey suggests that mistrust sown in the Finnish Civil War of 1918 has trickled down through the generations and is still present in subtle ways. Sixty-eight percent of respondents say the bitter conflict still divides Finns 100 years later, at least to some extent.
After declaring independence in 1917, Finns fought an approximately four-month-long war to determine how the country should be run. Starting on 27 January 1918, the war pitted the industrial and agrarian Reds in southern cities against the peasants and middle and upper-class Whites in rural areas and the north. Close to 40,000 people died in the bitter fighting and the war’s aftermath.
But the animosity didn’t end on May 15 with the defeat of the Red Guard. Immediately after the war, the ruling Whites declared a ban on what it called radical leftist political activity. It lasted a quarter of a century, until the end of the Continuation War.
For decades, descendants of people with Red and White allegiances were sorted into separate camps. Youth associations, sports clubs and even retail shops catered to either one or the other. People had to be careful which concerts and events they participated in, as it communicated a message about their political sympathies.
The Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle commissioned an online survey to get a sense of what Finns think about the war and its effects today. The poll was carried out by Taloustutkimus in mid-December 2017, and was answered by 1,117 respondents between the ages of 18 and 79.
Who was in the right: The Reds or the Whites?