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1) Neoliberalism has been almost kind to Finland.  They are experiencing the closest thing to a "Golden Age" they have ever had.  Hard not to credit neoliberalism.

Well, I guess that could be true, if Finland consisted only of the most well-off citizens. At the same time there are more people depending on Salvation Army food packages than in decades. Lots of people who crashed financially during the early 1990's recession still haven't recovered.

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--
by tzt (tzt) on Mon Feb 19th, 2007 at 07:47:28 PM EST
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At the same time there are more people depending on Salvation Army food packages than in decades.

That in itself is worth a diary.

I have been very intrigued by the "Nordic Model" since I first read about it a couple of years ago.  And while some like oldfrog praise and advocate it, others here occasionally reveal glimpses of a grimmer, less shiny reality behind the banner.

Bush is too stupid to be able to ACT that stupid.

by marco on Mon Feb 19th, 2007 at 07:57:30 PM EST
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I have NO doubt this is true.  Neoliberalism has been VERY hard on the poor--even in places as "successful" as Finland.

Yet compared to some other experimenters in neoliberalism, Finland has had quite the 15 years.

"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"

by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Mon Feb 19th, 2007 at 07:58:47 PM EST
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