#MONEYCANTBUY

December 7, 2015

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Almost everything is up for sale: personal relationships, health, education, politics…

We have somehow come to accept that market mechanisms are a neutral tool to solve societal problems. Adopt a child for 1€/month to stop poverty? Put a price on nature to save it from environmental destruction?

If money governs access to the essentials of the good life like health and education it sharpens inequality. Market mechanisms are not neutral – they can undermine our moral values.

We need to start questioning the role of markets and money in our society.

About this project

Public discourse in most countries is still largely taking the dominant economic model as a given. The market as the key mechanism to solve our political problems is rarely questioned.

Similarly for most civil society organisations and most actvist networks that are fighting for justice and and a more sustainable world, questioning the underlying economic model is mostly not a core issue in their campaigns and projects. By ignoring or accepting the market ideology and even making use of its mechanisms in their campaigns, indirectly and mostly unintentionally civil society organisations are contributing to reinforce the dominant narratives of progress, markets, consumerism, globalisation and economic growth.

The Numbers has been created by a cross-sectorial civil society alliance and was coordinated by the Smart CSOs Lab. It aims to contribute to a change in public discourse by asking the big questions that really matter. The project partners believe that this is an important element of a broader and much needed transition to a new economic system that will enable human wellbeing, justice and ecological sustainability.

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  1. Je présente ici un extrait de « La république » de Platon car il pose un point qui me semble extrêmement important en lien avec le système ou régime capitaliste. Et il est également le reflet de ma pensée. C’est-à-dire les conséquences de l’usure sur l’homme et la société. Si cela peut aider, je me dois de le partager. Peut-être cela éveillera chez autrui l’indignation nécessaire pour s’insurger.

    Je n’ai aucune connaissance en économie, malgré cela, de grands philosophes ancestraux ont exposé le problème il y a déjà 2500 ans. Simplement par une réflexion logique et méticuleuse.

    Traductions Google suivront.

    “C’est de la démocratie, ce semble, qu’il faut maintenant étudier – de quelle manière elle se forme et ce qu’elle est – pour connaître le caractère de l’homme qui lui répond, et le faire comparaître en jugement. […]

    Les chefs, dans ce régime, ne devant leur autorité qu’aux grands biens qu’ils possèdent, se refuseront, j’imagine à faire une loi pour réprimer le libertinage des jeunes gens et les empêcher de dissiper et de perdre leur patrimoine, car ils ont dessein de l’acheter ou de se l’approprier par l’usure, pour devenir encore plus riches et plus considérés. […]

    Or n’est-il pas déjà évident que dans un État les citoyens ne peuvent honorer la richesse et en même temps acquérir la tempérance convenable, mais qu’ils sont forcés de négliger ou l’une ou l’autre.[…]

    Ainsi, dans les oligarchies, les chefs, par leur négligences et les facilités qu’ils accordent au libertinage, réduisent parfois à l’indigence des hommes bien nés.[…]

    Et voilà, ce me semble, établis dans les cités des gens pourvus d’aiguillons et bien armés, les uns accablés de dettes, les autres d’infamie, les autres des deux à la fois : pleins de haine pour ceux qui ont acquis leurs biens, ils complotent contre eux et contre le reste des citoyens, et désirent vivement une révolution.[…]

    Cependant les usuriers vont tête baissée, sans paraître voir leurs victimes ; ils blessent de leur argent quiconque leur donne prise parmi les autres citoyens, et, tout en multipliant les intérêts de leur capital, ils font pulluler dans la cité la race du « frelon » et du mendiant.[…]

    Et le sinistre une fois allumé, ils ne veulent l’éteindre ni de la manière que nous avons dite, en empêchant les particuliers de disposer de leurs biens à leur fantaisie, ni cette autre manière : en faisant une loi qui supprime de tels abus.

    Quelle loi ?

    Une loi qui viendrait après celle contre les dissipateurs et qui obligerait les citoyens à être honnêtes; car si le législateur ordonnait que les transactions volontaires se fissent en générale aux risques du prêteur, on s’enrichirait avec moins d’impudence dans la cité, et moins de ces maux y naîtraient. […]

    eh bien ! à mon avis, la démocratie apparaît lorsque les pauvres, ayant remportés la victoire sur les riches, massacrent les uns, bannissent les autres, et partagent également avec ceux qui restent le gouvernement et les charges publiques; et le plus souvent ces charges sont tirées au sort. »

    Sacrés Socrate et Platon !!!

    Et pour conclure :

    le capitalisme ne paie pas la force immense qui résulte de l’union et de l’harmonie des travailleurs, de la convergence et de la simultanéité de leurs efforts16. P-J Proudhon

    Usure Le taux d’intérêt devient le prix du temps, la récompense de l’attente.

    I present here an excerpt from “The Republic” by Plato as it raises a point which seems to me extremely important in connection with the system or capitalism. And it is also a reflection of my thoughts. That is to say, the consequences of wear on man and society. If it helps, I have to share it. Perhaps this will awaken in others indignation necessary to rebel.

    I have no knowledge in economics, despite this large ancestral philosophers have exposed the problem there are already 2500 years. Simply by logic and careful reflection.

    Google translations will follow.

    “This is democracy, it seems, we must now consider – how it is formed and what it is – to know the character of man who responds, and to bring him to trial. […]

    The leaders in this regime, before their authority as major property they own, will refuse, I guess to make a law to repress the licentiousness of young people and prevent them from dissipating and losing their heritage, because they plan to buy or to appropriate it by wear, to become even richer and more considered. […]

    Or is not it already clear that in a State citizens can honor the richness and at the same time acquire the proper temperance, but they are forced to neglect or one or the other. […]

    Thus, in oligarchies, the leaders, by their negligence and the facilities they provide to libertinism, sometimes reduced to the paucity of well-born men. […]

    And that, I think, established in the cities of the people provided with prods and well armed, each burdened with debts, other infamy, others of both: full of hate for those who have acquired their property, they are plotting against them and other citizens, and strongly desire a revolution. […]

    However usurers will head down, without seeming to see their victims; they hurt anyone their money gives them taken from other citizens and, while multiplying the interests of their capital, they swarm into the city race of the “Hornet” and the beggar. […]

    And the loss when ignited, they do not want to turn it off or as we said, by preventing individuals to dispose of their property as they please, or this another way: by making a law that removes such abuses.

    What law?

    A law that would come after the one against the sinks and that would require citizens to be honest; because if the legislature ordered that voluntary transactions fissent general risks of the lender, it would be enriched with less impudence in the city, and less of these evils arise there. […]

    well ! In my view, democracy appears when the poor, who won the victory over the rich, killed some and banish others, and also share with those left government and public offices; and often these charges are drawn. ”

    Socrates and Plato sacred !!!

    And to conclude :

     Capitalism does not pay the huge force that results from the union and harmony of workers, convergence and simultaneity of their efforts16. P-J Proudhon

     Wear The interest rate is the price of time, the reward of waiting.

    A continuación presento un extracto de “La República” de Platón, ya que plantea una cuestión que me parece sumamente importante en relación con el sistema o el capitalismo. Y también es un reflejo de mis pensamientos. Es decir, las consecuencias de desgaste en el hombre y la sociedad. Si le ayuda, tengo que compartirlo. Tal vez esto despertará en los demás indignación necesario rebelde.

    No tengo conocimiento en economía, a pesar de esto grandes filósofos ancestrales han puesto de manifiesto el problema ya hay 2500 años. Simplemente por la lógica y la reflexión cuidadosa.

    Google seguirá.

    “Esta es la democracia, al parecer, ahora tenemos que tener en cuenta – la forma en que se forma y lo que es – conocer el carácter del hombre que responde, y para llevarlo a juicio. […]

    Los líderes de este régimen, antes de su autoridad como importante propiedad que poseen, se negará, supongo que para hacer una ley para reprimir el libertinaje de los jóvenes y evitar que se disipe y la pérdida de su patrimonio, porque planean comprar o de apropiarse de él por el desgaste, a ser aún más rico y más considerada. […]

    O ya no es claro que en un Estado los ciudadanos puedan cumplir con la riqueza y al mismo tiempo adquirir la templanza adecuada, pero están obligados a negligencia o uno o el otro. […]

    Así, en las oligarquías, los líderes, por su negligencia y de las instalaciones que proporcionan a libertinaje, a veces reducida a la escasez de hombres bien nacidos. […]

    Y eso, creo, estableció en las ciudades de las personas provistas de aguijones y bien armado, cada agobiados con deudas, otra infamia, otros de ambos: llenos de odio para los que han adquirido su propiedad, que están conspirando contra ellos y los demás ciudadanos, y el deseo fuerte de una revolución. […]

    Sin embargo usureros se dirigirán hacia abajo, sin dar la impresión de ver a sus víctimas; hacen daño a nadie su dinero les da tomado de otros ciudadanos y, mientras que la multiplicación de los intereses de su capital, que pululan en la carrera de la ciudad “avispón” y el mendigo. […]

    Y la pérdida cuando se encienden, ellos no quieren apagarlo o como hemos dicho, al impedir que las personas a disponer de su propiedad a su antojo, o de otra manera: al hacer una ley que elimina este tipo de abusos.

    ¿Qué ley?

    Una ley que vendría después de la una contra los sumideros y que requeriría a los ciudadanos a ser honesto; porque si el legislador dispuso que las transacciones voluntarias fissent riesgos generales de la entidad crediticia, que se enriquecería con menos descaro en la ciudad, y menos de estos males surgen allí. […]

    y bien ! En mi opinión, la democracia aparece cuando los pobres, que ganó la victoria sobre los ricos, mataron a unos y desterrar a los otros, y también compartir con los gobierno de izquierda y oficinas públicas; y con frecuencia se dibujan estos cargos. ”

    Sócrates y Platón sagrada !!!

    Y para concluir:

     El capitalismo no paga la enorme fuerza que resulta de la unión y la armonía de los trabajadores, la convergencia y la simultaneidad de su efforts16. P-J Proudhon

     El desgaste de los tipos de interés es el precio del tiempo, la recompensa de la espera.

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