The National Council for Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina (Codicet) conducts an interesting experiment. A political scientist and two nutritionists have been feeding on a monthly budget of 4,886 pesos for 100 days. That amount, about 70 euros to the change, is the amount that according to the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses allows us to live in, say, a dignified poverty, without falling into destitution. The experiment will last a semester, but relays will be needed. The two nutritionists have been decommissioned by medical recommendation: they have lost a lot of weight and are at risk of anemia and osteoporosis. The political scientist is still on the spot, even if the triglycerides have been shot and he has also lost six kilos. For those who always see something good in the bad, a precision: that weight loss is the pre-step to the loss of muscle mass and the obtaining of new fat, which leads to obese malnutrition.
4,886 pesos of the "basic basket" correspond to a calculation that was made in 1988, asking poor people in the suburbs of Bonaerens what their diet was. The sum has been updated with inflation, without any statistics specialists having the "basic basket" tasted. The experiment has allowed you to check two things. The first, that feeding on flours, starches and cheap meat is, besides unhealthy, unpleasant, and requires many hours of cooking. The second, that living in truly dignified poverty would require at least 7,000 pesos, so in reality more than half of Argentines, citizens of one of the countries that produces the most food, live in unworthy poverty.
In Spain, according to the european Union's standards, one in five people suffers "risk of exclusion", that is, it is wrong. And five out of a hundred citizens suffer the so-called "severe material deprivation," also known as hunger and cold,
I don't think that takes away our sleep. Even if we know it's not, we act like they've been looking for it. As if poverty were elective. As if we were ignoring (and not the case) that our food and our comforts depend almost always on chance: where we were born and who educated us. There are very few cases of heroic self-improvement; the vast majority of biographies are the result of chance, inertia and social conditions.
we will continue to read that poverty is solved by creating wealth. It's no matter that it's not true. The Spanish economy grew by more than 17% between 2014 and 2018. In that period, the poverty rates remained almost identical. But talking about distributing wealth, starting by raising taxes to those who have the most and continuing to discuss everything that is arguably in the system, is considered in poor taste. It's not even progre: it's red, it's old and it smells like a class grudge,
History is written by the powerful. And we transmit it correveidiles like myself. However, it is often made by the dispossessed. Those who don't count until the day they decide to count. That's why we almost never understand what's going on. We believe that with us, with our liberal democracy, with our free trade and with our paguita the evolution of humanity culminates. May the poor hide, the immigrants leave. Let them leave us alone,