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(en) Germany, die plattform: Position: Old age poverty affects EVERYONE! (ca, it, pt, de) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 27 Jan 2020 09:25:07 +0200


On January 24th, 2020 there will be protests in many cities under the motto "Fridays against poverty in old age". There is strong evidence that at least parts of it are being exploited by rights to occupy the subject. The appropriation of the name and logo of the "Fridays for Future" climate movement also suggests that environmental and social issues should be played off against each other. ---- The fight against old-age poverty and the socially unjust pension system has been waged for decades. It is supported by committed pensioners, left-wing activists and unions. If more people discover the topic for themselves now, that would be very welcome; but not if they can be persuaded by the AfD and Co. to step further down - instead of rising up.
In order to understand the current situation of old-age poverty (more than 2.4 million people in Germany are at risk), we have to take a look back at the red-green federal government (1998 - 2005). As part of its notorious Agenda 2010 policy, this government - with the kind support of the FDP and CDU / CSU - under Chancellor Schröder fundamentally "reformed" the pension system and shaped it into today's "three-pillar model". These pillars are: 1. - the statutory pension (pay-as-you-go) 2. - the company pension (various models) and 3. - the private pension (eg Riester - funded). The statutory pension dominated before red-green.

In a neoliberal manner, in favor of capital and to help the "lame duck" (or "the weak man of Europe") to get Germany back on its feet economically, the "legal pillar" was tightened to strengthen the "private pillar". In summary: The added value that companies had through social security contributions was brought back to capital on the one hand by lowering them and on the other hand by subsidizing the private pension and thus the insurance industry. The contribution is not made in favor of pensioners, but in favor of capital. The whole thing happened under the guise of "personal responsibility" and "more net of gross".
Liberals, conservatives and the extreme right, so FDP , CDU / CSUand AfD still hold on to the neoliberal dogma described by the logic of capital today: first the economy, then sometime the human being. In the AfD there is even a constantly postponed debate about who may be anti-social: the openly new (old) Nazis around the ethnic "wing" (which Gauland says is the center of the party) or the neoliberal wing around Weidel, Meuthen and Co Some mix up a few stolen, left-wing ideas for social appearances with the racist basis of excluding large parts of the population from the statutory pension and massively extending their working life for everyone. The others want to exacerbate the existing dogma in favor of business and private insurance. So they do not provide any solutions, they only underline their misanthropy!

In the meantime, basic security has been introduced to "cushion" the statutory pension that is no longer secure. These are available for retirees who, firstly, cannot claim more than the "incredible wealth" of 5000 euros and secondly receive a pension that is below the Hartz4 rate. The basic security is supposed to guarantee the maintenance of the subsistence minimum, whereby we all know that systematic social exclusion and worse (eg illness) take place here.
People should serve their entire lives in the form of wage labor or as unemployed in the lawless "reserve army" of capital, and whoever does not succeed is of no value. Those on the "job market" (what a miserable embellishment for the degradation of people to goods), for whatever reason, who have not been able to sell themselves expensively, are poor not only before but also after retirement!

The Social Democrats, who cannot do anything for the current situation, are now coming around the corner with a basic pension that speaks the word for the classic Calvinist work ethic. 35 years must be exploited (or for an even lower basic pension at least 33 years, with fewer working years there is no basic pension) to land a few euros above the basic security. Bad enough that the SPDbetrayed the workers, and they shit on the poor with all their hearts. The creed of politics seems to be: the poor belong to the margins of society, they are pushed to die from the eyes of the "functioning"! In the meantime, companies are developing slogans such as "Pledge belongs next to it" and districts in cities are turning beer crates into rubbish bins - pensioners shouldn't have to dig in the dirt if they already live in the dirt!

As I said, this topic has been on the agenda regularly for decades. The problem is repeatedly mentioned from the left. And "problematic" is by far a trivialization.
One of the often mentioned alternatives (reminiscent of the systems in the Netherlands or - still - Austria) is the so-called "citizen insurance". The entire population is supposed to pay in, with social contributions on the gross and in addition the whole is supported by taxes. One possibility here is to introduce a minimum pension of, for example, 1500 euros and a maximum pension of, say, 2500 euros. This would be a classic - previously we would have called it social democratic politics - redistribution from top to bottom. Clear that capital and especially the insurance industry are crying out here. In addition, this alternative of the present takes away something very crucial, namely pressure and fear in the class of wage earners. This pressure and fear are the lubricant of the job market.
Furthermore, as mentioned, this possibility deprives capital of profit. And that leads to a disadvantage for German capital in the competition for and in the world market. From an economic perspective, poor pensioners don't care. But poor pensioners who demand and maintain social solidarity are a danger!

Exactly on this knowledge was created under red-green, quote Gerhard Schröder: "the largest low-wage sector in all of Europe ..." - yes, you have it, you assholes.
The "lame duck" can waddle again, built on the lifetime of millions of wage slaves, to whom old-age poverty will wave in the future and tell them in the face: you are goods - not human!
What is still waving from the future, however, is climate change, which is also produced by the economy without any consideration, and which will particularly affect the poor and the elderly.
If we want change here, we can argue for a long time about the right "system" in wrong capitalism. But it is more important to finally shift the pressure and fear from people to the rulers. This pressure has to come from the street, it has to be ecological and anti-fascist - because everyone has to fight for the "good pension" and the right to the future!

With angry greetings - your platform!

dieplattform.org/2020/01/23/standpunkt-altersarmut-geht-uns-alle-an
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