[Marxism] French Socialists consider "shock therapy"
d.koechlin at wanadoo.fr
Thu Dec 20 15:33:48 MST 2012
The Gallois report came out a few months ago and is already old hat in
France. The current Social Democratic government is doing EXACTLY what
French leftists had predicted they would. During the Presidential
election, French leftists had very clearly stated that the future
"Socialist" government would be forced to make France more "competitive"
because they were not revolutionaries and thus could not think outside
The Capitalist economy is in the doldrums, IT MUST BE REVIVED (because
you know, "there is no alternative, duh"), massive public spending
cannot deliver because giving more to workers would really make the rate
of profit plummet, would fuel wage increases and would make France even
less competitive. Not to mention all the public debt which France is
saddled with thanks to its energetic policy of saving banks (because you
know, "credit is the lifeline of the economy", duh.)
So, since there is no alternative, and that the economy is "anaemic",
well, French competitiveness must be increased through slashing wages
and increasing working hours and the retirement age. Oh, yeah, and tax
the rich. Snigger. Snigger. The current Socialist government is
announcing it will "tax the wealthiest 1%". That's BS meant for public
consumption. At the same time it is granting tax exemptions faster than
you can say "Tax Evasion". Already the wealthiest man in Europe, Arnaud,
had moved to Belgium and has asked for a Belgium passport. Switzerland
and Monaco are seeing more persecuted "tax migrants" who deeply resent
the fact that capital gains should be taxed on the same level as labour.
Labour is taxed 28%, Capital around 11% but this might be raised to 17%
! The horrror! The horror ! The inequity of it all. "They are taxing us
75% of our wealth !" the French Capitalists cry out. Actually, what they
mean is that they are taxed 75% of all income OVER the highest earning
tier of 4 million euros. And most of their wealth does not derive from
wages. But no matter, the media hastily repeats the 75% claim and French
people , even hobos and drifters I have met (I kid you not, homeless
people who have no idea where they will sleep that very night), will
tell you that taking "75% of someone's earnings is too much".
Well, back to the French Socialist Party.
They are planning on releasing a bombshell that will shatter the "French
way of life". A deal with French unions in which basically French unions
agree to lower pay and more working hours in return for French
corporations keeping jobs in France and not outsourcing them to China.
This would constitute "a strong defence of French industry" and "a
historic consensus between unions and employers to strengthen French
competitiveness". And in the asinine worldview of a French "Socialist"
would be portrayed as a "New Deal in the Roosevelt style".
More work for us, more profits for them.
But then again, THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE !
The moment French unions sign unto that deal there will be no turning
back. Which is why all major French unions are currently hesitating and
in the grips of internal strife and disaffection.
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