Inspectors: The New Plague / Fernando Dámaso

Photo: Peter Deel

Citizens who have opted for self-employment in both rural and urban areas, in addition to the problems of a start-up, have had to face the plague of State inspectors (Comprehensive Monitoring, it is called) which, like a sword of Damocles, is constantly hanging over their heads, threatening to take away the land given in usufruct or the licenses granted for self-employment, in addition to imposing exaggerated fines for any act that they consider a violation of legislation.

These characters, with their blue jackets, who never showed up in state companies and businesses for over fifty years, where they diverted resources, stole, violated sanitary regulations, and manufactured and sold shoddy goods, while badly treating and disrespecting their “users” (the word that replaces the “customer” in socialism), possibly due to the question of how can the State control itself, have appeared in great excess to oversee the with small openings approved.

I do not know what parameters are taken into account in choosing them and how they are trained, but the product that goes out is pretty bad, leaving much to be desired. In addition to being rude and arrogant, rather than control, guide and ensure compliance with the laws and regulations, and facilitating the implementation of legal activities, they have a policy of being verbally abusive to whomever works for themselves, and from their position of strength they are threatening. Thus it is very difficult to work and achieve results.

If it was decided, more by economic and social necessity than conviction, to authorize the exercise of self-employment, they should not impose this inquisitor — who, ultimately, neither produces nor adds anything to the economy of the country — to create discomfort . These legitimate children of totalitarian bureaucracy, if they must exist, must be regulated and used to advance the organized and responsible activities in our countryside, towns and cities.

Photo: Rebeca

The other plague, the old one, made up of managers and leaders at all levels, inefficient, unable to make the land produce, trying to stay active at any cost, now devote themselves to the control of the work of those working the land in usufruct, hindering rather than facilitating their activities, for if they succeed their responsibility for the chaos in the sector will be demonstrated once again. They are not content with losing their privileges and they fight back like snarling cats.

Each of these plagues, together with others they have also and do also engage in, threaten the nation. In the Republican era, the Ministry of Agriculture ensured its development and established the necessary regulations for its proper functioning and development, but did not supplant producers or manage companies; in the last fifty years they have proved a resounding failure and a terrible mistake: we are still paying the consequences today.

To change this absurd conception and the mentality created by it, and establish an orderly functioning and intelligent approach, is not an easy task: clearly it does not work to be judge and jury and to act on command and control, regardless of the experience and opinion of the peasant producers, the only ones actually working the earth. This is true also for other ministries, in the scope of their activities.

One way to successfully combat these representatives of the totalitarian bureaucracy is to continue releasing the productive forces, without the usual subsequent straitjackets. In short, whether they like it or not, they need to fully release the productive forces as the only solution to our economic problems and the sooner the better.

April 14 2012