The Corruption model
01 March 2008
By Osvaldo Bayer
From Bonn, Germany
Gold destroys rather than gunpowder. Germans are depressed. In the country considered the most organized of capitalism and where ethics seemed to maintain his principles, there have been successive corruption cases incredible.
The Zumwinkel case “left the entire system at its absolute nudity. The director of Postal Services in Germany, a kind of minister of Communications, showed that the money for him was his highest calling.
He businesses millions of euros and deposited in Liechtenstein, the small European state that plays the same role in Europe that the Cayman Islands in America. What is gained in black and white is deposited there and we should not give any explanation and not paying any tax.
Of course, greedy for money is believed todopoderosos. But there is always someone from their ranks that betrays or complaint for money, of course.
This is what happened in the case Zumwinkel. An employee of one of the banks in Liechtenstein, or even a member of the board of directors, spent in the service of German research a CD containing the names of depositors anonymous millionaires. But to deliver this disc demanded over four million euros, and which have never been instructed to publicize his name.
After much discussion among those responsible, it agreed to pay that money. The putrid pot erupted and dirtying the whole system. Present, the German general prosecutor’s office has begun investigating 700 wealthy businessmen. More than 3400 million euros had been deposited in Liechtenstein ignoring the duty tax.
The reaction of society was shocked and embarrassed. It has been stretched to the limit. The system began to tremble. And the question arose: Is it impossible to curb the thirst for wealth of the rich? Wealth means, of course, more power.And more power to a minority means less democracy for all.
After the crime of the highest official Zumwinkel which was preceded by a series of startling cases of corruption in big companies such as Siemens and Volkswagen, never entirely enmudecida horn sounded high ethics.
This can not continue. Said very clearly economist Heribert Prantl in the publisher of the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, listing immorality prevailing in recent times.
“Everything has been going on as a string of disaster: there are managers frivolous with their salaries, supervisory councils do not supervise anything, state banks that do not care about anything more in the good of the community, principals which care far more his own actions that problems of their dependents.
Given the combination of all these syndromes forgets the public ethical differences. No longer distinguish between the most cunning, greedy and dangerous, speculators and the infidels, those who do not pay taxes and those who defraud with taxes, only exaggerated, obsessed working, and indeed immoral criminals. The picture is taken at the conclusion of Schrepps, Zumwinkel and Hartz (three senior players in the past employers negotiated criminal) form together to form the image of the outrageous. “
And later warned:
“The Zumwinkel case as shown so far is an example of the erosion of conscience rules that should govern the economy. This case is so exemplary when the scandal donations to political parties.“
And then quite rightly criticizes the State amnesties granted from time to time to those who send their money abroad to avoid paying taxes, as long as they bring it back to the country.
This punishes those who comply with the law and pay religiously year after year it won honestly. Worth the sentence: sins, totally regret after you and you will be forgiven and go to heaven together.
It is sad to see that the State makes the cut sinners to return to the fold.
And goes on to say the daily of more circulation over Germany, these astonishing sentences of pure honest indignation:
“We are writing a lot about the division of society: the gap between rich and poor is increasingly open. But what is not said is that this gap is growing between rich and wealthy. Both gaps, both differences threaten domestic peace. “
And it ends with these words that say it all:
“Behind all the indignation among critics just and the unjust politicians and business executives, primarily hides a yearning: the dream of archetypal models and values, to be able to hold onto something ethical. The Zumwinkel case is an insult against that desire. Internal security is not only saves with paragraphs laws, more police and criminal punishments. Interior justice is the result of a basic trust in people who lead a country. Basic That confidence is destroyed by all those who behave like the mighty Zumwinkel.
We transcribe because it is very clear. And it is a daily “bourgeois” and not the speech of a revolutionary. It is that they realise that this can not continue, capitalism erupts increasingly, and to maintain calm in society must at least try to behave well and abide by the laws already very generous for those who aspire to have more and not sharing.
It is that while these are discovered stabbed in the back to those who work with them and that they are automatically deducted taxes and are not going to spend their vacation pay to Liechtenstein, the paradise of fraud law, have occurred in recent days news make it clear that the cruelty of this system of so-called “market economy” or social capitalism.
In this week factory luxury cars BMW unveiled the resolution will fail to 8100 unemployed workers and employees. Despite achieving an annual profit during the last years of 3700 million euros, according to official data.
The big consumer products company Henkel announced that over the next three years will fail to 3000 employees and unemployed workers, despite a declared profit of 921 million in 2007. The measure was taken to “reduce” production.
For its part, Siemens last Tuesday gave publicity to the decision to fire to 5000 workers because it has abandoned further in the manufacture of telephone equipment because of technological errors. It’s that simple. Everything will be solved by cutting the thinnest.
If there are savings to resort to redundancies, not to reduce the very high salaries of its executives, or by reducing the profits of its owners and shareholders. No, it beats a kick to the worker, a soft kick, of course with compensation, of course. But it is not the case that they pull the tacha garbage. Regulation should be the beginning and not the human gain.
We have recently seen the tears and the anger of workers who become unemployed at the factory handys Nokia. Because it is not the case that compliance with “the law” but also take into consideration each of these lives which again are forced to go to beat the doors and live alms of the State and as unoccupied.
The other question is: Why Europe allows the “oasis” Liechtenstein and other “islands” similar to deposit funds and escape taxes and does not require completion by end with the centres of selfishness and betrayal of laws across the continent?
Why United States allows the “freedoms” similar (only for the affluent in black money) in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere? Is not the freedom to criminals?
It is therefore against any norm of international legislation? But of course, bombing Iraq and Afghanistan took for “political” reasons.
And we will end with the words of Robert von Heuzinger, the publisher of the Frankfurter Rundschau.
It says clearly:
“No scriptwriter film could tell a story better than German reality. A democracy admired for its stability and prosperity has been devastated by neoliberalism that threatens to explode the social consensus. “
Gold destroys rather than gunpowder.
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