With 55% interventionism, Belgium is the European communist state par excellence.
Who thinks of Cuba generally thinks of sun, beach but also and above all, the last or almost last bastion of communism. But what exactly is communism, the thought of which is currently resurfacing in so many European countries?
Who thinks of Cuba generally thinks of sun, beach but also and above all, the last or almost last bastion of communism. But what exactly is communism, the thought of which is currently resurfacing in so many European countries? Communism is that doctrine which advocates collective ownership, the contribution of each according to his abilities and the redistribution of advantages in the light of need. There is therefore, by definition, a break between the efforts made and the advantages obtained. The system also requires the presence of a deus ex machina, of an authority that appropriates goods with a view to redistributing them. In other words, the work pays not to the one who provides it, but to the community. Anyone who can demonstrate their need can appeal to the system. At the other end of the ideological spectrum is liberalism, whose mainspring, explains Adam Smith, the father of this doctrine, is self-interest. It is out of personal interest that the baker bakes his bread. The pooling of personal interests allows everyone to find their account, while the public authorities organize the intervention for the benefit of the most needy. But when, as in the communist system, the link between work and the fruit of work is broken, the motivation to work is lacking. Thus, people for whom a job would earn little more than unemployment benefits will try everything to avoid having to get up in the morning. Unemployed people who are not willing to work therefore consider the current state of the labor market as a threat since it no longer allows them to take refuge behind an alleged shortage. They thus pour, openly, into neo-communism. As for the government, which closes its eyes to this situation and describes most of the unemployed as unfit, it makes no distinction between employment policy and social policy, which makes it de facto a follower of communist philosophy. A philosophy which can, on top of that, accept the principle of unlimited unemployment benefits over time, which is the case of Belgium and Cuba, exclusively. According to the International Labor Office, an unemployed person is an unemployed person who is actively seeking work and is able to fill a position. Anyone who does not fit this description is not unemployed. This person can therefore claim not unemployment benefits, but social assistance, exclusively intended for individuals meeting the definition of “social case”. It is therefore right that the Flemish government has decided that candidates for social housing must demonstrate a lack of equity. In an exclusively communist system, the government would control the entire economy. Its intervention would be 100% whereas in a purely liberal system, this interference would be close to zero. But neither of these regimes exist in Europe, our economies are said to be mixed. To put it another way, the importance taken by communism within a country or a region is measured by the degree of intervention of the public authorities in the economy. According to several studies, the ideal degree is between 35% and 42%. According to the forecasts established for the next five years in Europe (IMF study), countries such as Ireland, Switzerland and Lithuania will be situated, with an intervention which will be around 35%, at the bottom of the range . In ascending order of importance, the three most communist countries in Europe are Finland, France and Belgium. With 55% interventionism, Belgium is the European communist state par excellence. Cuba in the North Sea, sort of.