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Because People Matter: Building an Economy that Works for Everyone

Outrageous enrichment goes hand in hand with incredible pauperisation. 200 of the biggest companies in the world together own more than 80% of the world population.

What is the similarity between Zambia and the investment-bank Goldman Sachs? The answer illustrates the madness of the world economy. Zambia earns 2.2 billion dollars per year for its 25 million inhabitants. Goldman Sachs earns per year 2.6 billion dollars for its 161 partners.

The Indian novelist Arundhati Roy wrote an essay on the gigantic complex of dams in the Narmada Valley in India. Her story illustrates with painful precision the degrading way our modern world economy works. The Narmada project has already made millions of people homeless. Filled with outrage, Roy writes, “The mere participation in a debate over housing signifies a first step towards the suspension of every principle of justice. …This is the mathematics of fascism.”

The same “mathematics” is plaguing society. The idea behind the calculation is the same: the worldwide domination of big money. In either case, the interests of the individual are not primary.

How could human beings have created a system of trade and production in which human beings don’t matter? … The economy serves the gross national product, the stock market and the shareholders. Behind all those institutes are human beings, of course, but their voices don’t count.

It’s a peculiar world where fathers — still almost always fathers — deal with their companies as they would never deal with their own families, and treat the earth as they would never treat their own back yards. It’s a peculiar world when we keep telling ourselves that all those abuses — human rights violations, environmental pollution, child labor, stress — are just unavoidable consequences of “progress,” as if inhumanity were a condition for humanity.

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