The Finnish welfare state is being eroded, and the far right has gained momentum. As the country turns one hundred, what’s happened to Finland?
Anti-Americanism is as old as America, and so are many of its most common tropes, but the underlying beliefs and justifications vary. America’s pathology has been depicted as manifesting its inherent racism, or its racial inferiority; as being due to a lack of democracy or too much democracy; and the criticism has been leveled from the left, the right, and everywhere in between.
The European collective myopia regarding the US affects major policy decisions and the reporting on them.
What’s the difference between an American liberal and a European liberal? An American liberal is harshly critical of the United States’ role in world affairs and of the flaws in American society, whereas a European liberal is harshly critical of the United States’ role in world affairs and of the flaws in American society.
In the US, it’s irrelevant whether jokes about politicians are made by comics or politicians. In Europe, the wrong joke can land you in jail.
My native country is not mentioned in world news that frequently. It was all the more refreshing to see Finnish clowns recently enjoy a moment in the international limelight — even though the story itself is nothing to laugh about.