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Values in a time of crisis
Cardús i Ros, Salvador, 1954- (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Sociologia)

Data: 2009
Resum: It is extremely interesting to observe how critiques of economic and political crises usually have a moral dimension, while periods of stability, growth, abundance and calm tend to produce debates with an amoral basis. This has also been the case during the recent financial recession, which has uncovered a social, economic and political crisis of deeper, more serious dimensions. Is has affected the very model upon which the social and economic progress of recent years has been based. When it comes to finding the causes of the current crisis, rampant greed and damaging the rules of the game have been seen from the start as the main triggers. In Barach Obama's solemn inaugural speech as President of the United States of America on the 20th January 2009, he saw weaknesses in the country's economy as due to a 'consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age'. In other words the recession is not only consequence of the greed of a few, but also the moral weakness the majority. The American president's diagnosis is common among the leaders of those nations that have found themselves affected by this same wave of recession, with the subsequent unmasking of irresponsible behaviour, similar to that found in the US financial system. There then follows the condemnation of a supposed collective participation in a growth that is clearly founded on human greed.
Drets: Tots els drets reservats
Llengua: Anglès
Document: article ; recerca ; publishedVersion
Matèria: Valors (Filosofia)
Publicat a: Catalan international view, Núm. 3 (2009) , p. 38-41, ISSN 2013-0716

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