Tiempo de canallas

por Carlos Abascal Peiró


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En aquellos tiempos, el canalla no era sincero. Un torturador sabía que no era honesto. Hoy el canalla es sincero (…).

Jean Luc Godard, aquí, 2010.

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Jordan Belfort según Martin Scorsese

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Boris Johnson, sheriff de Londres

Ding dong! Marx is dead. Ding dong! communism’s dead. Ding dong! socialism’s dead! Ding dong! Clause Four is dead, and it is not coming back.

Like it or not, the free market economy is the only show in town. Britain is competing in an increasingly impatient and globalised economy, in which the competition is getting ever stiffer.

No one can ignore the harshness of that competition, or the inequality that it inevitably accentuates; and I am afraid that violent economic centrifuge is operating on human beings who are already very far from equal in raw ability, if not spiritual worth.

Whatever you may think of the value of IQ tests, it is surely relevant to a conversation about equality that as many as 16 per cent of our species have an IQ below 85, while about 2 per cent have an IQ above 130. The harder you shake the pack, the easier it will be for some cornflakes to get to the top.

And for one reason or another – boardroom greed or, as I am assured, the natural and god-given talent of boardroom inhabitants – the income gap between the top cornflakes and the bottom cornflakes is getting wider than ever. I stress: I don’t believe that economic equality is possible; indeed, some measure of inequality is essential for the spirit of envy and keeping up with the Joneses that is, like greed, a valuable spur to economic activity.

Boris Johnson, alcalde de Londrés, durante un reciente homenaje a Margaret Thatcher. The Telegraph, 28 de noviembre de 2013.

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