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04-14-2009

Conceptual Errors of the “President of all the Argentineans”

The most alarming issue within the President’s speech is her conception of economics: “Economics – as you all know - is, precisely, to administer with the disposable resources and the contributions at hand. Always within economy it occurs that what some people receive is taken from others, because the only one who could multiply fish and bread was Jesus Christ, the rest has to make decisions based on the disposable resources.”
 

The most alarming issue within the President’s speech is her conception of economics: “Economics – as you all know - is, precisely, to administer with the disposable resources and the contributions at hand. Always within economy it occurs that what some people receive is taken from others, because the only one who could multiply fish and bread was Jesus Christ, the rest has to make decisions based on the disposable resources.” In fact, economics is quite the contrary: It’s the creation of wealth that permits a major share for everybody, thus everybody comes out winning. If what the President said was right that would imply we still lived in the Stone Age, covering ourselves with loincloths and stealing from each other, using bow and arrow. All the advanced materials we see nowadays (like cars, computers, buildings, clothes, the Vuitton-handbags…) did not exist in the age of the hunter-gatherer. However, at that time nobody could take anything from anybody, as everything had to be created, and within this process of creation benefited as much the ones who manufactured – because they obtained resources to satisfy other desires – as also the ones who bought, since this permitted them to improve their quality of life. This is the secret of economy, and this is what can be called economic “growth”.

Adrián Lucardi is Associated Researcher of the Center for Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) and Research Assistant at the Foundation Friedrich A. von Hayek, Argentina. He contributed to the elaboration of the “First Inquiry of Experts in Provincial Politics” (Argentina) and was elected for a scholarship by the Fulbright Commission and the Foundation of the University of Río de la Plata to participate in the “International Seminar for Young Leaders” held in Río Cuarto, Argentina, 2006, as well as in the “Fulbright Argentina Institute on Leadership and American Studies”, Delaware, United States, 2007. He graduated summa cum laude in Political Science from the University of San Andrés.

 

Adrián Lucardi
Adrián Lucardi
Consejero Académico
Es profesor asociado de tiempo completo en el Departamento de Ciencia Política del ITAM (México). Licenciado en Ciencia Política por la Universidad de San Andrés (Buenos Aires) y doctor en Ciencia Política por la Washington University in St. Louis (Estados Unidos). Su trabajo fue publicado en The Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies y Legislative Studies Quarterly, entre otros.