All western countries suffer from the financial crisis but some – like Spain, Italy, Greece - are on the edge of a bankruptcy. In those countries the crisis is omnipresent. In ‘healthy’ countries some things change but in the bigger picture everything more or less remains the same. It’s the difference between having a smaller car and no longer having any car at all.
The amount of people that doesn’t have a job is over 20 percent in Spain. Almost the same goes for the amount of empty houses. This is hard to imagine, when converting those percentages into numbers: 10 million people without a job. That is more than the whole population of New Jersey.
Another strange problem is that bankruptcy wouldn’t help. Even if all the debts would be out of the way, these 20% stats wouldn’t change. The results have outgrown the cause. If stopping a problem at its core doesn’t help, than what will? This makes the situation in Spain hopeless.
Especially for the people who live there. Is the economic situation their fault? You could argue about that, without people there would be no unemployment so the people are at least partly to blame. But this is only theoretically correct because it is the government that makes the decisions. In Spain, houses and infrastructure were built because the government overestimated the economic growth some 10 years ago. The law makes it very hard for companies to fire employees so when the crisis hit Europe companies stopped hiring out of fear. Corruption is another big problem in Spain.
According to old philosophers such as Locke the government is chosen by the people and can be ‘fired’ by the people when it does not do what they want. When applying this to Spain, it becomes clear how hopeless people in Spain must be. They chose a government that made mistakes but it’s too late to do anything about it. The government is probably to blame but the people suffer the consequences. It is almost surreal to be the victim of a distant entity such as a government and not be able to do anything about it, while knowing you were in fact the one who chose that government.