Economy: some prosperity to progressive austerity

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Economy and Society: some prosperity to progressive austerity or the welfare state to the state policeman.

The political debate is largely limited to the field of managing conflicting interests of various social groups, through political compromise designed to secure sufficient for the maintenance of social structure. The main activity of "experts" is to just make comments on various political personnel and their chances of succeeding in power.

As for the message delivered by these actors, it is, in essence, extremely simple: growth, employment and unemployment, purchasing power and international competition as part of globalization, are categories declined in all possible variations, enough to obscure the real issues, the most basic, but those he does not answer within this framework.

What is incomprehensible to the simple "common sense" is that the market economy has managed to flood the world with goods but failed to meet the needs of all, in our country, access to material wealth undeniable for continuous digital expanding middle class suddenly reverse as trend, while average earning keep, them, move on. On these points, the experts are silent and merely invoke a rather mysterious crisis, we should always go out, but nevertheless persists ...

Earlier crises, that of 1929 the US (and the world), the resulting destruction of the postwar period had been overcome through interventionnismes policy: the welfare state came to the rescue of the free play of businesses for instituting recovery through investment and mass consumption, and it seemed that nothing would stop a process that little voice then rose to denounce the adverse effects. Yet, against all odds, and especially contradicts the official positivism, it is this success that derive the current difficulties. Some even feed quelqu'illusions and believe that new policies of Keynesian inspiration would unlock the situation, increased demand that would come to meet a plethora; the direction taken is reversed and austerity is supposed to overcome structural deficits and restore an uncertain future and prosperity at the cost of very real and present sacrifices.

In reality, these two choices are also ineffective one the other to overcome the present contradictions. Curiously, it is the extreme level of abstract wealth that makes it very difficult and increasingly improbable the realization of what underlies our entire economy, investing a sum of money in a process whereby it is possible to recover a higher amount. Overall, we have become too rich for that abstract wealth will increase further; Indeed, the previous conditions have faded: firstly household equipment is made and few truly new products appear on the other hand, the huge productivity gains resulting from the use of microcomputers always cut more jobs, thus the purchasing power of those who can not sell their labor power on the market, which leads to search for new productivity gains to reduce costs; it is an effective logic considered in the short term and the micro level, however, from a macroeconomic point of view, it is a total impasse, a vicious circle that reinforces the cause by trying to escape the consequences. Only the financial industry managed to repel the decline, but its ability to maintain the illusion is limited and there is nothing that can replace him for a reprieve.

What must be understood is that a system, whatever it is, works differently depending on the phase in which it is located and inferring future behavior observation of this state is totally inadequate . It happens that, in the case that interests us, a temporary state of apparent prosperity (in the sense that it manifested itself locally [1] and temporarily) feeds back with the entire system and does not imply an amplification perpetual phenomenon, as it was tempting to believe and as there is always believed, in particular through the concept of "exit" from crisis serves to justify the austerity policy, was politically possible only with respect to reports force presence, since cleaning the interests of those who decreed [2] ...

In conclusion, although the subject has been scratched [3], it is high time to repudiate this false discourse that sells to the people what they want to hear, but that covers a very different reality, and realize the historical and absolute impasse we have reached. This economic success, which it was a question, not only prepared the logical reasons for its collapse, he also led the powerful anesthetic psychic effects in the most critical minds and it is this last point that is the real danger and the challenge: how to emancipate themselves from the deadly logic of a system that we've built to the point where it can no longer truly alternative vision?

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[1] The French postwar prosperity resulted in much of levies in the colonies and neo-colonies.
[2] It is apparent that interest, that is to say, such as widespread mimetic rivalry established: this is because the worse off admire the rich (while criticizing on behalf of equity) that the rich are desirable wealth, then it is pathetic: the appetite of wealth is insatiable because it is a constant frustration.
[3] The angle of the subject was limited by an essentially immanent approach, ie mainly internal to the system; a complete deconstruction of the system and its operation would require a more thorough understanding; it was not my ambition and we must consider this text as an introduction and an incentive for more ambitious readings.


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