Good intentions, public professions of unity, tax incentives, regulation and control … Everything is fine, but what about the ethics back into the economy and economic policy? No one has proposed so far to restore the principles and values whose absence has led us to disaster. Although it was transparent that greed is never good engine of the economy and markets can not regulate themselves (should be supervised and regulated with an iron hand) precisely because of greed, ostentation and waste can not be the engines of those running the financial world. As we recently said Jose Luis Sampedro, “the very idea of economic development is a degeneration. The degeneration of the illusions of reason. ” Beyond the disagreement between the major economic powers, and knowing that as important as the practical proposals on rehabilitation of values and principles, should take into account what was said by Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s chief of staff: “Never waste a crisis .
If, as we recalled the Nobel Paul Krugman, Reagan took the crisis of 1987 to change all the benefit of the wealthy, the neoliberal devolution, why not take advantage of this crisis so profoundly right direction has led us to disaster? Restoring ethics, solidarity, justice and respect for the environment, the planet, beyond greed, growth incessant and waste. In recent years, following the collapse of the Soviet empire and the miserable victory of capitalism in its neoliberal version disastrous, were crudely its worst consequences: swift collapse of Argentina’s economy, increasing the poor, impoverish impoverished countries and astronomical growth in inequality between countries and between classes within countries, among others. But there were also responses. Protest in Seattle and all cities where they meet the economic elites, the birth of the World Social Forum, global opposition to the single thought (the dogma of the Washington consensus), popular social movements in Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay … political awareness of the major NGOs … A constant challenge to the neoliberal disorder. Social movements in South America have been finalized and have chosen a politically most progressive governments in the region, governments challenging the deregulation, freedom absolute capital, privatization as a panacea and predatory actions of transnational corporations. It is a good way to start changing things, as it is shown that without action or pressure from below, no changes at the top who deserve the name. Use the crisis to change things.