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The crisis: an opportunity to erase the social rights

The implications of the economic crisis across the countries of southern Europe has imposed draconian measures that have had the immediate effect of lowering the quality of life for people in these countries. The situation is particularly bad result of a concurrence of causes, including, in particular, the misuse of the financial instrument, with the main suspects of the banks collapse, and the high debts of sovereign states, the result of incompetence and mismanagement continued in years. If you can not be it agreed with the need for an adjustment of accounts, with the aim of encouraging investment on the healthy economy, in order to stimulate growth relied on by many, that raises substantial doubt is the choice of instruments to repair the economic breakdown. Rather than focus on large estates, with the introduction of capital that allowed to reduce labor taxation and introduce some form of taxation on financial transactions, such as the Tobin tax, in the latter case with the double purpose of taxing the gains obtained always introducing a form of equity and penalties for the financial world, responsible for much of the current situation, it is preferred to the burden of economic maneuvers on most wage earners by introducing new taxes and exacerbating existing ones, associating them with a drastic cut services, which should, therefore, further hitting the same social class object of increasing taxation. The perception that these maneuvers is to leave a punitive intent, behind which can read a more complex strategy of the total revision of rights to benefits and social work field for the numerically larger society as a whole. The example turns out to be enlightening if greek bed with this logic: drastic reduction of wages, without bargaining, cuts to the social system in particularly sensitive areas such as services and health and consequent impoverishment, by decree of the population. Even in Spain and Italy, although in a more subdued, but still harsh compared to the Hellenic country, you are or you are implementing severe cuts imposed only from above, eliminating shared routes of choice. What is put in place a system of government imposed by economics and not by politics, where often those who dictate these rules come from the same environment that caused the disaster. It ‘the same logic that assigns importance to the ratings of credit rating institutions, which they judged positively titles that have contributed to the economic crisis. Payment of fees is to provide services, not to write off the debts of private individuals. The case of Spanish banks is a clear example of how to fall back on the community the cost of wrong choices made by private institutions, which should not fail like any other company more productive. This violation of the social compact between state and citizens can be a dangerous precedent, such as the arbitrary deletion of certain rights justified by the need to remedy the crisis state. The creation, therefore, subverts the logic of these earlier relations between the state and some of its components, the weakest in the negotiations even if this increased efficiency, because it adopts, making them descend from above, choices that vary the mode of dialogue with the institutions so far force. It is no coincidence that one of the effects observed from the beginning was the rise of social inequality, materialized with the growing gap between the wealthy few, who often have very high percentages of the total wealth of the country, and most citizens, that are shrinking drastically the income available to them. These signals are suggesting that the presence of the economic crisis is being used in an instrumental way to review the whole system of rights, especially those relating to employment, to promote a radical revision in favor of economic sectors particularly active in this dynamic. These aspects are favored in Europe from the vacuum of policy within the EU, in fact, instead of proceeding from a political union, which descend to the economic one, it is going in reverse, with the economic sector, which fill the lack of political will also covers the functions. But the perspective of the economy is not the same policy and one which privileges is very different from those who would or should have an overall vision that protects hard-won rights.



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