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The Bourgeoisie continue to influence the State, by Vicenç Navarro

[02/06/11]

In an article published on 26 May in the newspaper Público, Vicenç Navarro, director of the Master's in Public and Social Policy, referred to the responsibility of certain sectors of Spanish society in the current crisis, where the financial markets have been used as an excuse.

According to Dr Navarro, it is mistakenly believed that the financial markets are those determining what happens in each State, substituting the bourgeoisie in the impact exercised on the latter. He clarified that both the financial and the industrial bourgeoisie continue to be in force and have certain interests in common.

Proof of this is the policies the Spanish state has imposed on the general public by helping employers dismiss workers, reducing salaries, delaying the retirement age, among others aspects. All under the refutable premise of making the labour market flexible.

The dominant Spanish class and the mass media have spread the message that there are no alternatives to the policies being followed in response to external agents, i.e. the financial markets. Despite this, Dr Navarro declared that the state deficit could be otherwise solved, for example by reducing tax advantages fiscals favouring wealthy groups, instead of cutting expenditure and public employment.

Finally, the professor stated that political forces existed proposing appropriate solutions, but the systematic discrimination exerted against them by the mass media has meant they have not prospered.

To read the full article (in Spanish), please click here

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