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30 YEARS OF REALIDAD ECONOMICA: OBJECTIVES WHICH HAVE NOT GROWN OLD

There are streams of ideas in the economic field being expressed through the media and organized in entrepreneurial groups or in centers of studio.
Curiosity for revealing the economic phenomena is no longer a concern for specialists but a question of a wider strata: work sectors affected by the reduction of real income, traders' anxiety because of the internal market deterioration, industrials worried for denationalizations, bankruptcy or the lack of tariff protections, agrarian producers depressed by the unstable, inequitable prices and the failure of their efforts forced by monopolies. Everyone of them have an uneasy view of the economic reality.

We said so thirty years ago, in the first number of Economic Reality. And as an editorial commitment we added: We will write about positive changes towards national interest.

We want the argentine people meadow as the beneficiary of an agrarian reform which rises productivity, diversifies farming, completes the industrial development and unties the relationship of the large entailed state with native and foreign monopolies.

We agree with those who want a modern state, dynamic, progressive, to protect national sovereignty and preserve the country's basic resources in order to put them at the service of a program which overcomes underdevelopment and external dependency.

We'll be giving suggestions and studies for Argentine people to keep track of an independent foreign trade in order to protect the rightful interests of the producers abroad constituting links of mutual benefit reciprocity with all the countries in the world. Our conceptual line is oriented towards an equitable distribution of the national rent embodying majorities into social consume satisfying both material and spiritual societies. After three decades we look back realizing nothing good has happened in an enduring manner.
The country could not settle positively its programmatic projections. Marginality has increased. Many of those believing difficulties were only for the poor find themselves in losing positions and sharing distress with the poorest. We also notice traders losing capital without even noticing at because in the past they paid big amounts trusting trade funds and turning to inflation after that, ending in huge list of empty businesses. Industrials thinking as well as the big economic groups, hoping for a good behavior certificate from monopolies in order to assure survival, have been lately disappointed . NONE OF WHAT WE THOUGHT HAS HAPPENED The illusion of a prosperous commerce which allowed a good living for its owner and access to a university title for his descendants has been substituted for an unprecedented mode in which they can subsist in shopping centers paying franchises to foreign groups or, in the worst case, they have been replaced for self employed workers available 24 hours a day waiting inside maxi or mini-kiosks the providential entrance of a very disputed client.

All national manufacturers (those who believed the illusions of the competence and market think-tanks and those who understood accurately where they were standing but didnAt have any protection for their production and the sources of employment from the state and the enterprising unions), we repeat, all of them are in the risk of extinction because of the economic and social dumping accomplished by the big transnational monopolies from the so called Tigers factories, in a globalized and concentrated economy which leaves no space for what remains of the national industry and the thinner internal market.

The political class is to blame partly for this deep crisis because it has not been capable of providing a coherent social and economic project. Worse than that, it convoked and backed military dictatorships to impose severe and unpopular programs which brought inequality to many and benefited a few. What has happened in the midst of society with the forgotten and dissimulated utopias? Why donAt we claim ideals again? Are we all responsible for the Wall and for its downfall or is it that by the Wall's symbol humanity exhausted its history and progression? Paraphrasing Menem's oblivion in "the 45", nowadays talking about imperialism, of state depletion (which is not the same than the state of corruption that reduced state's enterprises), of landless peasants, of unemployed professionals without future, or saying loudly : "buy Argentinian" is an anachronism. IS IT REALLY ? Among many questions there is one that we share with a lot of people: how to rescue a national consciousness in order to stop this backwardness process disguised as modernism keeping it from being legitimated in the ballot-boxes because of the lack of unity of those who think in a good manner but didn't act in the same way. A big amount of good thinkers' economists, sociologists and politicians (as called by our remembered first president Arturo Sampay) who wrote the pages of Economic Reality should be reunited in order to rebuild a country for those who search social justice goals in order to achieve capacity, resources and creativity. Social inequity must be confronted towards the overcoming of the scientific and technician's frustration, institutionalized illegality, lack of national industry with no credit for rotation capital readjustment and no solvent internal market to set its production, exhaustion of the regional economies and the bankruptcy of the provincial banks, systematic destruction of federalism and the resignation of social sovereignty in all orders.

The challenge to face in this context is the achieving of objectives clearly not grown old by the popular camp so the country sets a democratic and progressive option. Today, next to the Realidad Econ?mica's 30 anniversary we ratify our opinions of 30 years back and we continue, as expressed in number 168, "trusting the persistence of action" (GelmanAs poem).