RON RIDENOUR—Finland began following the rest of the West with neo-liberalism deregulations and cutbacks in the 1980s, but has not gone as far as the others yet. One of its hallmarks is education. See Michael Moore’s most recent film (2016), “Where to invade next”. It is an excellent and entertaining source for values in which the US is contrasted to several countries. Finland tops the world for the best education, the best results for its elementary school students, who also rank among the happiest. Its secret: no homework, more time to be young, to play, to relax. Students are motivated to learn in a disciplined way for the 20 hours they attend classes.
ACTIVISTS & HEROESANTI-IMPERIALISM FIGHTERSANTIWARCAPITALISM & SOCIALISMFEATURED POSTGLOBALIZATION or CORPORATIZATIONNORWAYRon RidenourSERIESSOCIAL DEMOCRACYTORTUREVASSAL STATESVIRTUAL UNIVERSITYWAR ON TERRORISMWORLD DESK
CAPITALISM & SOCIALISMIDEOLOGICAL STRUGGLELIFE UNDER CAPITALISMMARXISMSOCIAL DEMOCRACYVIRTUAL UNIVERSITY
RON RIDENOUR—The first social democratic government in the world occurred in Finland, in 1907, eight years after the founding of the social democratic party. In 1916, S.D. won an absolute majority and governed alone for the only time. German social democrats achieved their first government in 1918 upon the end of the First World War. Sweden had its first S.D. government in 1921. The second oldest social democrat party was led by postal worker Louis Pio in Denmark, in 1871, inspired by the Paris Commune. The social democrats formed its first government in 1924, the same year the social democratic Labour Party was elected to govern in England. Norway’s S.D. ruled first in 1928 but fell after two weeks. The party split into two, one fraction created the Communist Party.
AMERICAN PROPAGANDACAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTSCLASS STRUGGLECLIMATE CHANGEDEBUNKINGGlobal WarmingIDEOLOGICAL STRUGGLEINEQUALITYLIES & PROPAGANDA
The emphasis on GDP growth at all costs has led to wasteful resource use, particularly by the wealthier countries, on an unparalleled scale and without a backward glance. It is often noted that the economy is a subset of the ecological system, but equally there seems to be a belief that nature can cope with anything we throw at it.
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