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Never work just for money or for power.
Marian Wright Edelman
This was one of twenty-five life lessons that Edelman laid out in The Measure of Our Success A Letter to My Children and Yours (1992). About money and power, she explained, “They won’t save your soul or build a decent family or help you sleep at night.” Edelman, the founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, also offered this lesson:
“The U.S. economy, once the envy of the world, is now viewed across the globe with suspicion. America has become shackled by an immovable mountain of debt that endangers its prosperity and threatens to bring the rest of the world economy crashing down with it.”
International Herald Tribune, 2007
From 2008–2009, the world experienced what the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its 2009 World Economic Outlook called “by far the deepest global recession since the Great Depression.” This economic downturn was sparked by a global financial crisis.
“Today the world is in the grip of a doctrine which preaches Free Market’ solutions to all problems and which is espoused by an ‘elite consensus’ among world bodies, most governments, ‘oppositions’, business, and mainstream media, as well as by some economists, but by few others. A new world order centred on the World Trade Organization (WTO) is being constructed on the basis of this doctrine and its assumptions, an endeavour which I call the Global Free Trade Project, and I claim it is based more on myth than reality.”
Free Trade: Myth, Reality, and Alternatives
A segunda acusada ou fatalidade convocada ao tribunal do desemprego é a concorrência internacional. Se o desemprego cresce na Europa, é porque esta se confronta no quadro do livre-cambismo mundial com uma concorrência temível, nomeadamente a dos novos países industrializados, que ao praticarem a política de salários baixos, captam progressivamente o emprego e arruínam da mesma forma as economias europeias, como frequentemente escutamos.