Editorial. Spaghetti War
For months, even years, I have been struggling to find an answer to the question that has been bothering my friend (who will recognize himself here): how is it that we do not feel the rigors of inflation in Morocco? that there is never a shortage of anything, and how we manage to keep energy prices, for example (starting with butane) unchanged, even though we are not an oil producing country! Especially how come Moroccans don’t complain on every street corner. I admit I’m losing my Latin, but part of the answer is becoming clearer to me as the thought progresses.
In fact, the extent of this observation comes from the comparison with Europe. Drenched in French television, we are constantly bombarded by these dramatic infectious feelings of rising prices in France, famine, everything falling apart, everything falling apart, everything falling apart, the unpleasant sensation of this country. permanently installed on the slope of a great descent, that it was in the process of descending and that the worst was yet to come.
Of course, purchasing power is sliding to rock bottom levels, it’s true, energy prices have tripled, it’s more true that many essential foodstuffs are often out of stock in this beautiful country, but as with the weather, it may be necessary. give the real temperature and expose the feeling next to it when you say that feeling is stronger than reality and that the worst is yet to come tomorrow in this land of anxious people. Moreover, it is this feeling fostered by the media and these pseudo-experts that causes the most banal breeze to quickly turn into a pathological fire-humidity.
News channels feeding on fake alarmist news on the front pages of print, television and digital newspapers, media glut following late trains even when cancelled. The circumstances of this general panic can be attributed to the lack of iced chocolate bars or a good glass of fake champagne to spend New Year’s Eve.
In this ungovernable country, suffocated by the panic of tomorrows that no longer sing, these Frenchmen, whom Tocqueville must have had in mind when he predicted the “soft despotism of the paternalistic state,” have been in a state of general depression since the government. “at any cost” he stopped reaching into his pocket. When the chief executive has already revealed his color, the depression highlighted by the fear of another wave of Covid: “let everyone bury their dead as they wish” and do not believe that Darmani has to offer for those who prefer to burn his austerity. logs to them.
In France is before our eyes, Jérome Fourquet and Jean-Laurent Cassely clearly explain the reasons for this sick society. Thus, they develop the idea that a society driven by consumption can only be at the mercy of the slightest inflation and resulting shortages. As a citizen-consumer, his individual sovereignty is exercised through the ability to purchase. The authors point out that if this purchasing power is eroded by high inflation or very low income, then the citizen-consumer is no longer fully sovereign and feels relegated to the position of second-class citizen or passive citizen.
It is not for nothing that hypermarket managers have become stars in France, to the extent that they have replaced politicians and intellectuals on television, discussing at length good plans to overcome shortages. to say to such and such products that are no longer guaranteed anytime and anywhere. Finally, and unfortunately, the impenetrable horizon of a Frenchman in 2023 is to come across a trick that will allow him to extract a few cents from his spaghetti.
In Morocco, thank God, we continue to carry on our work, even though these are particularly difficult times for the vast majority of the population, but it seems that everyone is still under the spell of Atlas Lions’ worldwide outreach. Here, great stories based on transcendence, patriotism, belonging to the same nation, the same religion always echo among the population. And that’s good.
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