La economía moral de la deuda

LONDRES – Cada colapso económico viene de la mano de una demanda de condonación de deuda. Los ingresos necesarios para saldar préstamos se han evaporado y los activos presentados como garantía han perdido valor. Los acreedores reclaman lo suyo; los deudores piden ayuda a gritos.

Consideremos Strike Debt, un descendiente del movimiento Occupy, que se autodefine como "un movimiento nacional de opositores a la deuda que lucha por la justicia económica y la libertad democrática". Su sitio web sostiene que, "como consecuencia de los salarios estancados, el desempleo sistémico y los recortes en los servicios públicos", se está obligando a la gente a endeudarse para obtener las necesidades más básicas de la vida, lo que la lleva a "depositar su futuro en manos de los bancos".

Una de las iniciativas de Strike Debt, "Rolling Jubilee" (Jubileo Permanente), financiada a través de donaciones populares en Internet, compra y cancela deuda en un proceso que llama "resistencia colectiva a la deuda". El progreso del grupo ha sido impresionante: lleva recaudados más de 700.000 dólares hasta la fecha y canceló deuda por un valor de casi 18.600 millones de dólares".

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