Humanity can´t take it any longer, neither can the economy

World economy punishes humanity and destroys the environment, generating unsustainable social, economic, and environmental situations. Reasons that led to this critical present are known. The challenge is to change the course and way of functioning.

Powerful groups have always concentrated wealth and decision power, but now, with the institutionalized greed and the global course with unmerciful helmspersons, critical social and environmental limits were crossed. 

Large majorities succumb punished; there is no margin for maintaining the current course and way of functioning. Some accomplices of the concentration and environmental deterioration build bunkers in distant islands without understanding that nobody is saved alone and collapses will drag them as well. They are not interested in standing up above their selfishness to compensate the disaster they have created.

However complex the challenge, another better course is possible and another way of functioning desirable. As we are going, humanity can´t stand no longer, neither can the economy.

Humanity is riddled with tremendous inequalities; minorities with an opulent living and majorities submerged in poverty and indigence. Inequities and indignities abound, health and education seem merchandizes, vacant houses and thousands of people without a roof, magnified insecurity despite walls and social segregation. Victimizers look to the other side, victims accumulate frustrations and grudges.

The attacked planet reacts with strong environmental convulsions, warnings that become irreversible realities. However, “scientists and commentators” hired by concealed interests deny climate change, melting of glaciers, and floods.

The concentrating advance generates recurrent crises impossible to conceal and, despite that, the economic power interprets, decides, and imposes perspectives for protecting their interests; it always does. The rest without a voice are gagged.

The economy, myth or reality

Economic functioning is an unavoidable dimension of social action. It produces goods and services to satisfy the needs and “no-needs.” It forms segmented productive systems, while some meet welfare requirements, others respond to greed and selfishness of different types of scoundrels, as those who manufacture weapons and intensify conflicts to secure buyers, those who plunder nature, those who impose spaces for financial speculation, and those that induce a useless superfluous consumption. Minorities that accumulate outrageously appropriate the values produced by the rest; the more they consolidate, the more concentration accelerates and increases.

The context of extreme inequalities makes countries grow stumbling around and with decoupling. An important decoupling refers to the one produced by the economic system not finding a demand that grows with the offer; it does not make that because concentration of wealth and incomes asphyxiates it. This structural situation is unsustainable; it could be solved if concentration was dismantled and wealth and income were distributed with equality. Instead, dominators hang on their privileges and opt for “substitute solutions” to extend their appropriator zeal; they know that in such way, explosions are not deactivated but, “while it lasts,” they profit scot-free.

Substitute measures are varied and diverse. One commonly employed is augmenting the purchasing capacity of those whose incomes have diminished by granting credits, that is, drive consumers, enterprises, and countries into debt. Credit would work if it could allow borrowers to increase their genuine incomes; if this did not happen this substitute solution does not solve but rather augments the problem up to insolvency, a debt impossible to cancel and a harsh dependence with creditors. The risk is huge; injecting credit without recomposing repayment capacity generates terrible speculative bubbles that, when they explode, give way to crises and instabilities.

Another substitute solution used by those who have accumulated enormous amounts of capital is structuring new markets far from real economy, the financial markets. Spaces where securities are bought and sold which vaguely represent real products. Currently, they move several times more transactions than those of traditional markets. They are artificially sustained markets essentially speculative, with high rates of return and fast realization. When for whatever reason owners of capitals decide to retract and induce a capital outflow, the affected market collapses.

There are many more substitute measures that dominators do not cease to apply and create, some considered in other texts in Opinion Sur, always with the sole purpose of maintaining the course that preserves their privileges.

How can we change!

Changing the course implies confronting with powerful interests. Very difficult to achieve without a State controlled by a popular-base government, an administration based on a wide political coalition that allows for conforming it as a counter power to hegemonic concentration. Otherwise, it would not be in conditions neither to take the necessary measures for dismantling the engines that impulse concentration nor to liberate captured democracies from economic power. It is a huge challenge as a majority of governments has succumbed under the control of concentrated groups.

This economic power prevails in almost all countries, including the central ones. Last September 2021, president of United States Joe Biden offered an amazing set of data. He pointed out that in the last years CEOs went from earning 20 times more than an employee to 350 times more; that the 55 largest American corporations obtained US$40,000 million dollars in 2020 and paid 0% in taxes; and, to make matters worse, that 1% of the richest people evades a whopping US$116,000 million dollars per year. These are all official figures. It is an outrageous and inadmissible situation.

The huge concentrated power controls the main decision-makings, both in the private sector as well as regarding public policies. For that, they can count on the complicity of hegemonic media that accompanies them by manipulating public opinion and sectors of politics and the judiciary. They are able to subdue population segments by colonizing minds and formatting subjectivities; they impose values and common sense that favor them and, the most painful is that they are able to make a large part of their victims support concealed interests and misdemeanors that hurt them. In fact, they wear down and destabilize every popular-base government. With this set of interventions, they impose the opulence of the few and the agony of larger and larger majorities.

Clarification, mobilization, organizer

Overcoming these harsh cornering demands addressing solutions adapted to the singularities of each country and moment. However, a common denominator refers to social organization and clarification; advances in these fields strengthen the preponderant role of politics as catalyzer of substantive changes.

Citizen clarification allows for clearing up the ideological and cultural fog imposed by those who deviate the attention of public opinion. With the myriad of measures in multiple fronts, it is indispensable not to lose focus on the central purpose that is caring for the entire population and the planet that shelters us. In this effort, which is a permanent work, we would have to unveil the concealed in all the fields of the socioeconomic action, such as the analysis done on consumption and investment.

Popular clarification is an open and collective construction, which integrates and does not punishes the diversity of perspectives, interests, needs and emotions that coexist in the world. Well-articulated, this diversity is not a remora to eliminate but rather the main humanitarian asset to preserve and develop. Trying to differentiate the essential from the accessory, the principal that protects and serves all from the secondary that includes interests and perspectives both legitimate that are worth aligning as well as stingy to discard. There is no space for reductionisms or naiveté because in each situation often there is a mixture of solidarity values and attempts at corruption and misinformation.

Clarification opens paths for mobilization, in streets, at work, in educational centers, in writing materials, in political, union, and corporate gatherings. Clarification is needed not once but as permanent attitude of custodian of acquired rights. As well as of strategic importance, there will be no sustainable democracy without vigorous social organizations.

These efforts are part of the epic of building a country project that upraises its population and cares for its environment. Furthermore, they target the emancipation of humanity.

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