Finland and the rise of populism, or where do all these stupid people come from?.
Less than two weeks ago we had parliamentary elections in Finland and the surprising result was that a previously marginal party (~5% share) of nationalistic socialists rose to become the third biggest party in a virtual tie of ~20% shares. This article
in the Helsinki Times is a very good write up for those who are interested.
Comparisons to the Tea Party movement spring to mind even though there are plenty of material differences in the philosophy, political agendas, and electoral system. The one overwhelming common denominator seems to be that these people are if not stupid, then short sighted, small minded, and extremely irrational.
I have been party to the rise of anti-scientific sentiment in society for some time now and this is, in my view, an extension of that same mindset into politics, specifically fiscal policy and foreign affairs.
So, where is this coming from?