Antonio Garamendi, the patron saint of evil. Cartoon of 16/10/2022 in CTXT
Garamendi, the president of the bosses of evil, says that you can’t talk about rich and poor because that radicalises people.
He said this in one of those “economic” forums organised by a turbo-capitalist media in which various businessmen are being riled up, something that these media groups also tend to do during the rest of the year.
The CEOE‘s boss, who easily earns between three hundred thousand and more than half a million euros a year, is one of those “neither left-wing nor right-wing” (right-wing), neither feminist nor chauvinist (garrulo), neither rich nor poor (fuck the latter).
This rubbish discourse is a classic of the neoliberalism of the average lorditingo, poverty is denied and thus more ground is left to squeeze the poor who “don’t exist” for the benefit of four supposedly “unknown” rich people. Concentrated cynicism.
The European Anti-Poverty Network(EAPN) presented a few days ago its annual report“The State of Poverty” and as the intellectually indigent Garamendi does not like to talk about inequality and poverty, I will reproduce some passages of the work in question.
In 2021, a total of 13.1 million people, i.e. 27.8% of the Spanish population, will be at risk of poverty and/or social exclusion. With an increase of almost one percentage point compared to last year, the figure represents a continuation of the upward trend in the previous year. In absolute terms, some 380,000 new people are at risk of poverty or social exclusion this past year.
Severe poverty refers to people living in households with extraordinarily low incomes , whose income is below 40% of the median income per unit of consumption of the population. In absolute terms, severe poverty includes all those living in households whose total income per consumption unit is less than €6,417.3 per year (€535 per month).
It is important to note that the use of consumption units does not allow for an intuitive assessment of the limits established by the different poverty lines and it is therefore better to use specific cases. For example, for a family of two adults with two children in severe poverty, an income of €530 per month is equivalent to a total income of €1,113. This implies that each person must survive on €278 per month.
In 2021, 10.3% of the Spanish population, some 4.8 million people, live in severe poverty. In other words, almost half of the poor population is in this situation. This is eight tenths of a percentage point higher than in the previous year. However, in combination with the increase in population, this represents an additional 372,000 people.
In 2021, the income of the richest 20% of the population is 6.2 times higher than that of the poorest 20% , an increase of 0.4 points over the previous year, demonstrating the effects of the pandemic on inequality.
This difference places Spain as the country with the fourth highest inequality measured by the S80/S20 in the entire European Union. On the other hand, the Gini Index in 2021 was 33, which is 3.1 points higher than the average for all European Union countries and the sixth highest of all of them.
On the other hand, the previous crisis also resulted in a sustained increase in inequality, reaching a peak in 2015 (6.9). In 2021, the combined income of the richest 10% of the population is 11.8 times that of the poorest 10%, 1.3 points higher than in the previous year.
The AROPE (At Risk Of Poverty and/or Exclusion) rate is an indicator created by the European Network for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion that serves to measure poverty.
Spain’s rate is 6.1 percentage points higher than the EU average and the fourth highest of all member countries. Only Romania, Bulgaria and Greece are above it. With respect to its evolution since 2015, the AROPE has decreased in Spain but it is the country where it has done so to a lesser extent in relation to the rest of the EU where there has been a decrease.
Secondly, Spain’s position with respect to the at-risk-of-poverty rate is equally negative. Thus, with 21.7% of its population at risk of poverty in 2021 , which is 4.9 percentage points higher than the average for all countries combined , Spain ranks fourth10 in the list, below Latvia, Romania and Bulgaria.
In third place, Spain ranks as the fifth most materially and severely materially deprived country , behind only Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Hungary and 2 points above the EU average.
Finally, the percentage of people under 64 living in households with low employment intensity is also extraordinarily high. In 2021 it will be 11.6 %, 2.7 percentage points higher than the average for the EU as a whole and the fourth highest of all EU countries, behind only Belgium, Greece and Ireland.