A few days ago, Oxfam, a British NGO, reported in Davos a survey that denounced a reality in the least questionable: five billionaires Brazilians have an equity equivalent to the poorest half of the Brazilian population. That is, five specific Brazilians have about the same heritage as one hundred million Brazilians together. The survey was based on data from Forbes magazine and information on the global scale wealth of Credit Suisse bank reports.
The scenario is aggravated when we analyze the conclusions that the research presents on a global scale. 80% of the wealth generated last year reached only 1% of the population. This is definitely not the result of mere chance or exclusively the effort of a select group of super rich with great decision-making skills. It is the result of the reality in which the world is today, a reality that opens the door to the most serious types of reaction that societies have. It is the result of politics converted into politicking; of state action in the name of maintaining the income concentration and not of fighting against it; of petty corporatism; and perhaps this is one of the final phases of globalized capitalism: the moment when minorities super rich take states to themselves in such an ingrained and profound way that reality not only seems immutable but sounds "natural." The planet, or most of it, becomes a kind of plutocracy of oligarchs making global and domestic decisions based on what is best for increasing your annual profits in default of what is best for most. Finally, a " global oligarchy ". Of course, the hole is further down in countries of colonial origin, dealing at least twice as much with petty elites using their public machine: a domestic and an international machine.
This reality produces inequalities yelling. It is incompatible with humanity itself that bosses do in three days more than a full-time employee in a month, as denounces the reality in the UK itself, according to The High Pay Center. This allows us to realize that the problem, even more serious in Brazil, is not an isolated manifestation of this kind of aberration. If jobs are reduced to mere commodities (in order to satisfy the low cost of production demanded by the bosses to maximize profits), and consequently the workers and their labor are no more than tools to a large class, the interpretations of this reality are the most distorted: some even blame phenomena such as immigration for lack of employment (and therefore income, and therefore basic needs), representing the worst and most grotesque side of nationalism, even if who allows the conversion of the workers into mere disposable parts are the power operators themselves, when their actions are not aimed at improving the quality of life of the population, but rather to satisfy different interests.
The only defense that the populations of the countries have against the onslaught of minorities super rich organized is precisely to organize itself. Recalling that this is a reality in which all classes below 1% topping. The middle classes erode and the lower classes, under imposition, come into conflict with any source of income, growing as the middle classes are destroyed (in the Brazilian case, more attenuated, where we have thirteen million unemployed, stressing the market of national work). Therefore, with the "resurgence" of nation-states as a defense mechanism against the same elites that the same states have taken over, nationalism can also be a reaction that serves as a resistance and not as a divisive element of peoples: to defend the public good and national ownership of the corporatist and petty vested interests of the holders of humanly impracticable portions of wealth. Even because the conditions to be followed are absolutely national, and therefore the problems (also national) that the States fail to solve in the name of interests considered more important than those of their populations continue to exist independent of the success of the "stock exchanges" or any new measure enriching those already enriched. There are those who believe that the world is globalized , but even this statement is unsustainable when comparing the conditions of a Brazilian to undertake the conditions of an Angolan or the conditions of a German.
Therefore, when an organized minority takes more than 50% of the world's wealth and receives in its hands the literal possibility of eradicating misery seven times with profits generated in only one year (that is, in 2017, the global billionaire class , composed of 2.043 individuals, with 43 of these being Brazilian, saw their wealth increase by US $ 762.000.000.000,00; seven hundred and sixty-two billion dollars), we have much to observe. What we do not have is evidence of a triumphant economic system. On the contrary, it is a failed economic system that conditions the social stagnation of workers, when it does not condition the complete opposite of social ascension. The Brazilian case shows well the effects that a State committed to plutocrats has: the son of the top of the social pyramid has 14 more chances to keep where the base child has to ascend. It is time to re-imagine at least the role of Brazil in all this and to decide if the labor of our people is nothing more than a commodity unrelated to their well-being or if their work deserves the proper dignity.