Someone should count the number of times the word “austerity” appears in the European Press everyday. If I wasn’t already sick of the “A “word, I would possibly accept the challenge. But if I refuse to make myself vomit over pages of yellow paper, I completely understand that no one else is ready for that either.
“AUSTERITY” attacks our eyes and mind every time we open a paper or scroll down an online article. Neither slowly nor implicitly, it seems that we are getting utterly brain washed and that there is no plan B for option A.
Austerity. The word cuts any further thoughts. Austerity is the only way to go.
The Frankfurt Rundschau has recently published an article under the IDEA section with the headline “The people have become a nuisance” . http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/article/1860381-people-have-become-nuisance
The absence of question mark asserts that this is no kind of intellectual debate but a clear statement. People themselves are being harmful to the implementation of proper austerity measures which would, supposedly, save the economy from a historical economic catastrophe.
The point here is that economies would not exist without people to drive them.
In our western countries, people are (still) granted the right to vote and thus, in theory, choose the economic path that they judge the most appropriate. But there is no such thing as an economic system on its own. Whatever the masters of austerity are trying to convey, an economic system is a choice in lifestyle; and that choice belongs to the people.
As the Frankfurt Rundschau highlights, that choice has been usurped by a few unelected “technocratic politicians” that all use the same weapon: austerity. Central banks and rating agencies are leading the dangerous game Europe, and broadly speaking the western model, has engaged with.
It is in their interest to put forward austerity as the only possible alternative. “If you can no longer talk about alternatives, it’s the end of democracy” claims the business ethicist Ulrich Thielemann.
As soon as the late 80s, the loss of people’s sovereignty in favour of the system’s wealthy elite was denounced by the popularly called anti-globalist movement. Yet, since then, it seems that the idea has made its way to the mainstream reflexions on democracy to end up on the tabloid Frankfurt Rundschau’s, a nationally distributed newspaper, website.
Something is thoroughly wrong in the way we have responded to the in depth crisis of our system. It is no longer people’s ideals and needs that drive the transformation of society but the absolute necessity to maintain a system that has long proved it’s ineffectiveness.
Europe is in a dead-end. Across Europe the rise of nationalist and anti-system parties demonstrate the general awareness that the capitalist and free-market system as it exists today cannot function in tomorrow’s world.
Although ideals of future are being denigrated in a time of pervading pessimism, they will remain the engines of change and the direction to aim for.