Max-Neef: "The neoliberal economy kills more people than all the armies combined"


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The perversity of neoliberal economics is that “it does not understand the world and, furthermore, human beings are irrelevant. What is relevant are the macroeconomic indicators, GDP ... what happened to people does not matter, "he says.

Max-Neef attributes to "stupidity", in his opinion the only thing that distinguishes humans from animals, the fact that there is not "a single prisoner" among all the "scoundrels" who caused the economic crisis of 2008, and to continue betting on the same model after seeing the results.

“Is there anything we don't know right now that we shouldn't do? We all have it perfectly clear, ”proclaims the professor from the Austral University of Chile, who agrees with Pope Francis's complaint that one of the greatest problems of humanity is“ the globalization of indifference ”.

Max-Neef criticizes "the language of fear" used by economists, as well as the different religious creeds, with which he compares them, and their "indisputable dogmas", which are not based, he says, on "empirical or scientific foundations" .

He refers to the "catastrophic" messages about the danger of bank failure if they are not rescued and to the paradigmatic case of Iceland, of which "little has been said", in his opinion, lest it originate "an effect contagion". Max-Neef believes "absurdity" and a "huge nonsense" that in the XXI century the economy is governed by "neoclassical ideas of the nineteenth century", and that of all those who consider themselves gurus in the field, no one predicted "the catastrophe" of 2008.

According to the Chilean economist, those colleagues who consider themselves scientists should act as such and consider looking for alternatives when they see that "their theory fails", and yet they "insist on more of the same." As a counterpoint to the dominant economic trend, whoever was a candidate for the presidency of Chile in 1993 for Los Verdes promulgates a model "at the service of people", to whom development must be linked and not to objects; where growth is not synonymous with development and does not necessarily require it.

He explains that his theory marries the South African concept of "ubuntu", that of the interrelation of people, as opposed to the "mechanical" conception of the economy, in which "it goes to the extreme that solidarity is seen as an act irrational".

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