April 21, 2021

The case for Finland’s ’enlightened capitalism’

Talking this week sooner than a web-based Sonoma target audience might be Anu Partenan, a Finnish journalist who lived within the U.S. for a number of years, writing for the Atlantic and different publications. She become a U.S. citizen in 2013 however, through the years, the humane services and products and compassionate tradition of Finland used to be the trap that impressed her and her husband to go back to Finland — despite its lengthy darkish days within the chilly winters.

In 2016, she wrote “The Nordic Concept of The whole lot: In Seek of a Higher Existence,” revealed by means of Harper Collins. Final yr she and her husband, Trevor Corson, revealed an article within the New York Occasions arguing that the very issues some to find worrisome in a “socialist nanny state,” as Finland has been described, are the very issues that make existence pleasurable: common well being care, top quality schooling, paid holidays of a month or extra, and prime financial mobility.

Nevertheless it’s now not socialism, Partenan and Corson argue of their article, however one of those enlightened capitalism. “Extra astonishingly, Finnish capitalists additionally learned that it might be in their very own long-term pursuits to just accept steep innovative tax hikes. The taxes would lend a hand pay for brand spanking new govt techniques to stay staff wholesome and productive — and this may construct a extra advisable exertions marketplace,” they wrote in December, 2019.

Partenan will make her case for “Studying from the Nordic Nations” for the Praxis Peace Institute target audience on Friday, Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. — the early hour is because of the time distinction between Sonoma and Helsinki.

The next Friday, Jan. 29 (on the extra standard 4 p.m. get started time), Praxis will be offering a Zoom assembly with entrepreneur and environmentalist Peter Barns, reside from Marin. He has served at the forums of Greenpeace, Rainbow Staff Cooperative, the Surfing argued in a blog post California Sun Trade Affiliation, and others.

His most up-to-date guide, “Ours: The Case for Common Assets,” will shape the root for his communicate. He believes his proposal for a “cap and dividend” program, modeled at the Alaska Everlasting Fund, may scale back greenhouse emissions and create a “voters dividend” for all American citizens, a lot as Alaska supplies an annual dividend to its citizens of as much as $8,000 a yr for a circle of relatives of 4.

Tickets are $20, $15 for Praxis individuals, at praxispeace.org/occasions.