Sunday, December 14, 2008

Keynes, Germany and Domestic Violence

In 1919, the British economist John Maynard Keynes published The Economic Consequences of the Peace. In that book, Keynes sustains that the reparations imposed to Germany after its defeat in World War I would have the effect of an unstable German economy, which in turn would have unpredictable terrible consequences. The book includes the ominous prophesy:

"But who can say how much is endurable, or in what direction men will seek at last to escape from their misfortunes?"

Keynes knew that it was impossible to dispossess a nation and to stop this nation to eventually seek revenge for the affronts suffered: the economical situation to which the defeated Germany was submitted after World War I was the foundation of the German aggression of World War II.
“Respecting other’s people rights is peace,” says the Mexican patriot Benito Juárez, and His Holiness Paul VI said, “If you want peace, work for justice.” Only justice, equal rights, the opportunity to live with dignity can ensure a life without violence. It is no accident that the poorest social classes are the ones that generate more violent and criminal behavior. It is no accident that in the South Africa of the apartheid was rich in urban violence, violence that was exacerbated during the immediate years after the apartheid was abolished; violence that now that the equality of rights has matured has decreased enormously.

Inequality and injustice give birth to violence. I have always asked myself why no one has connected the la violence that many men inflict on women during and after divorce, and the conditions to which divorce impose on men in many countries. I have always asked myself why government agencies, professional organizations, and higher education institutions do not produce statistics that try to explain this terrible phenomenon. Everybody complains about the tragedies, everybody says that they want to solve the problem, but nobody looks for its roots.

In Cuba exists an efficient law of joint custody. I understand that the cases of domestic violence are almost inexistent.

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