Posted by Manuel Oliveros on November 27, 2002 at 09:43:23:
In Reply to: Re: The Ethics of Architecture posted by Richard Haut on November 26, 2002 at 15:20:46:
In 1981 here where I live one could buy a 100 m2 flat with parking and some storage room in a new urbanization area for scarcely a bit more than the average yearly wage. Curiously, these times in which flats were affordable coincided with the end of the dictatorship of Franco in Spain and the start of a still weak democracy, that is, when the state's power was at one relative minimum (must I surmise that relatively people was a bit more at ease?)
Then inmediately a campaign of growing prices started. The TV bombed the country with the notion of inflation being very bad thing -which it is in the disorders it brings ... but it is more to those that have money, heh, they have to work to make for the returns- the workers being coaxed to accept no wage growth whereas all capital goods grew and grew in cost.
This policy, in which the socialist party then governing was fully in agreement, content with performing the usual misdemeanors, was successful in keeping people tied to too much work at too low the wage. Those wanting to keep people active had their day. In a country where all were soon owners of the necessary goods obedience to any stupidity is far less warranted.
The result is that now the same or equivalent flat may cost from 15 to 40 times yearly wages. All this time, the banks, speculators and politicians have stayed (in their own eyes) being very respectable people, and the streets are full of "have" ladies and gentlemen whose only and single conversation, which is none, is "I have money" (some even don't).
In short, I see that the balance of our fledgling democracy has not been in the economics a part of the good it should have been, having had a good oportunity at hand.
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