Injustice and racism across Europe: thanks to capitalism and neo liberalism
Europe has witnessed an increasing privatization process, coupled with a dismantling of the welfare state, which started for over two decades. These processes have been accelerated since the beginning of the financial crisis in September 2008. The logical result of the financial crisis should have been a reassessment of the alleged “positive effects” of the society of capitalism by the masses and the governments. Great hopes rose among many comrades to maybe put an end to the capitalist ideology and change profoundly the economic system. The terrible consequences of neo liberal policies on societies were shown everywhere and were more than clear: people losing their homes, jobs, savings, etc… The rule of the free market has proven to be a failure. The finance-driven economy has brought the economic crisis and has had terrible consequences on the vast majority of the masses who suffered – and are still suffering – enormously from it. The theory that the market could regulate itself was finally proved to be completely wrong, for those who did know it yet, and a change of the economic system was therefore expected. This was unfortunately the theory: however, quite on the opposite, we have been witnessing a rise of neo-liberal policies across Europe from either right-wing or so called leftist governments. The result is catastrophic all over Europe: social rights are going backwards, while some basic democratic rights are being violated, and at the same time, we can observe a rise in racism in European societies.