By Jorge Gómez Barata
The unrest in Europe is breaking down the ideological wall that illusionists on the right and left built to believe, and make others believe, that European unity had lessened contradictions, banished conflicts and suppressed the class struggle.
The riots in Europe are breaking down the ideological wall that illusionists on the right and left built to believe, and make others believe, that European unity had attenuated contradictions, banished conflicts and suppressed the class struggle.
Those who believed that with the end of the Euro-Soviet socialist model, without a wall in Berlin or bureaucracies in power, Europe would enter an era of social peace in which the welfare state would meet the needs of the different social strata, filing the roughest harshness with numbing satisfactions, they have been wrong.
It is not that the discrimination that migrants and their descendants are subjected to has now been discovered, but rather that the incapacity of the system, which, even with economic resources, is insolvent, has become evident to solve the problems of poverty and poverty. exclusion. It is now known that even if they had the means to do so, the third world oligarchies would not end these scourges either.
It is not, as one hundred and fifty years ago discovered, a circumstantial problem, or a transitory property, but rather an essential and defining feature of the system. Capitalism cannot function without the rich, but it needs the poor. Health also coexists with microbes and bacteria.
It was actually Western European, North American, and Latin American philosophers and economists who, in the 1960s and 1970s, discovered that underdevelopment was not exactly an anomaly of capitalism, but one of the components of its world system, as is the case with classes. social and class struggle, unemployment and other elements, although unpleasant, essential.
Liberia is as capitalist as Great Britain and Haiti is as capitalist as France, Morocco as Spain and Portugal as Brazil. The difference is that the system operates with different requirements and parameters in the centers and in the periphery.
The normality of third world capitalism is being altered by the processes of globalization that incorporate exceptionally poor countries of the underdeveloped world, technologies, consumption habits and cultural patterns that are difficult to assimilate and in the long run unsustainable, causing social and ideological traumas, one of them is emigration .
The people of the Third World, even the illiterate, are aware of their shortcomings, even of the unjust situations that have led to them. Not because of the preaching of Marxist agitators, but because of certain properties of mass culture that have made them obvious and placed them at the level of common sense.
One of the consequences of globalization, perhaps unforeseen and unwanted, is the awareness that, whether Americans and Europeans like it or not, it is breaking through: if the world is to be a global village, it will be for everyone.
The ideology of neoliberal globalization contains a trap: what is true for the north is true for the south. In Asia, Africa and Latin America there are poor people, not stupid or political eunuchs.
No one should make wrong readings. What is happening in Europe now is part of the social and political costs of globalization. The forms and rhythms in which they manifest themselves depend on their managers and their ability to administer processes, including their violent or peaceful nature.