CABA: Where there is a need, a business is born

CABA: Where there is a need, a business is born

After 15 years of conservative experience under the administrations of Macri and Larreta, it is clearly shown that the idea put forward by Supreme Court Justice Carlos Rosenkrantz, who pontificated that “behind every right there is a cost and there are not enough resources”; inspired Buenos Aires governance and especially its practical application. Faced with the validity of the evictist legacy claiming social rights as a response to the needs of the people, the right not only tries to disqualify it for its “undeniable harmony of populist faith” (Rosenkrantz), but based on that retrograde “doctrine” it justifies its application, even if it externalizes it as a novel proposal.

This so-called modernity that is presented wrapped in the slogan of “the transformation does not stop”, in reality is expressed as a policy infected by a conception of a city for minorities that excludes and stratifies, and that is also amalgamated with the businesses of construction companies and state suppliers in all types of items. The PRO management and its allies-inferior present our City as beautified, paved and sidewalked, however there is another reality hidden by the propagation with problems of social, educational, cultural inequality, access to housing, transportation and green spaces. In addition, a fracture in age, gender and geographic terms is accentuating, condemning the south to social and cultural neglect. To sustain the image of continuous success, despite its ideological tendency to crystallize inequalities, phenomenal propaganda campaigns like the current one are needed, as overwhelming as it is expensive, which we all pay for at a rate of $12 million per day. In other words, the community of Buenos Aires takes over the fictional operation of modernity, which in turn acts as a presidential campaign for Mayor Rodríguez. The examples are multiple and in all imaginable areas. The most emblematic cases are those of Costa Salguero and Punta Carrasco, on our riverside coast, where they propose to build a cement wall. Based on the same ideological approach, hundreds of trees are mutilated and removed to block the path of the construction companies of towers and buildings, at the same time that artificial plants are placed in the squares, mocking the common sense of the citizens. In this regard, the organizations that defend our grove constantly denounce that in order to promote the pruning business, species are mutilated, damaging many long-lived specimens. They state that “trees are treated like pieces of wood when in fact they are living beings that contribute to the environmental, physical and mental health of the inhabitants, while taking away the beauty they bring to the landscape.”

The feeding of students in public schools is another expression of a basic right of our girls and boys that has been transformed into a big business. For many years now, 18 private companies have used this public service, despite complaints from families and teachers about the lack of nutritional value, the constant decline in quality and the concealment of the true cost of the service. Despite receiving large sums of money from the public treasury, these companies maximize their profits with the tactic of adjusting the quality of the food. It has been shown that in schools where the service is administered by the cooperators, the nutritional quality is much higher with an equivalent cost. Thus, 291,000 students will continue to receive substandard food, while private contractor providers will continue to share a budget of more than $50 billion.

In recent months, several paradigmatic cases of citizen needs that were subordinated to the traditional business approach have become public: “the transformation” of the CESI Palace, which has been occupied by the school for people with hearing loss for a century, is perhaps the cruelest example. The Head of Government intends to allocate the building to the creation of the wine district, while tax benefits were set favoring “distribution companies, wineries, wine bars, cellars, museums and exhibitions”. Until now, the demands of the unions and the deaf community have not been addressed, instead the “businessmen” celebrate their association with the Buenos Aires government.

If it is a matter of exemplifying spurious contracts manufactured and sustained during the period of Macri and Rodríguez, that of the cranes is as typical as it is grotesque. In this regard, a note from Clarín dated 7/30 indicates that “a system with expired contracts since 2001 that receives reports and complaints will be renewed.” In these agreements, the extensions were chronic for two decades despite the ruling of the justice, the complaints of the users for the rates, and for the violence in the transfer of the vehicles to buy time in order to enhance the billing. The two lucky companies (Dakota and BRD) that operate this business pay $55,000 per month to the Buenos Aires state, as confirmed by the city audit”, adds the aforementioned note.

It is obvious that it is an immoral deal at the expense of the neighbors, that we have come to be the wedding duck between the companies and Mayor Rodríguez.

The third example, older but which has returned to public consideration in recent months, is that of the 54 imaginary schools, which have been proclaimed for years, are never finished and continue to leave 25,000 students out of the system per year.

Another example of a city suitable for all business is the landing of firms such as Farmacity in popular neighborhoods with the vulgar excuse that they must be “modernized”. What will surely happen is that this huge chain of stores will sweep away small businesses. The desire to trade and win has no social or geographical limits. Anything goes in the world of modernity subordinated to a vision of a company city.

The only thing certain is that the true meaning of Evita’s phrase is still alive: “where there is a need, a right is born”.

* General Secretary of the Solidarity Party. Director of the Cultural Center of Cooperation Floreal Gorini.

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