In terms of the economy, the traditional political markers have successively been exhausted. The life of entrepreneurs is, in fact, made impossible by the weight of taxes, administration and standards (the share of compulsory levies amounts to 47% of GDP in France, a world record). On the one hand, our social practice, dominated by a culture of class struggle, ends up burdening growth. On the other hand, a doctrinaire libertarianism penalizes production by imposing a religion of global competition that has become unfair. Finally, the unlimited normative legalism of the administration stifles the French productive fabric. The competition between these ideological models paradoxically leads the French economy to suffer from the cumulative shortcomings of each of them, without reaping the benefits.
We cannot “at the same time” obey the injunctions of Brussels and negotiate with social partners who no longer represent anything. We cannot “at the same time” sign free trade agreements with nations that are free from social constraints and impose ever more standards on products made here. The results speak for themselves: France has gone from 11th to 23rd place in the world in terms of wealth per capita between 1980 and today. The trade deficit represented 84.7 billion euros in 2021 and the debt exploded to well over 40,000 euros per capita. The 7-point growth of 2021 touted as extraordinary does not erase the 2020 deficit of more than 8 points.
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In economics, ideologies are counterproductive. By assuming to reconcile capital and labor and to get out of the class struggle, Éric Zemmour draws a credible way out of the contradictions that weigh on the French economy.
Reconcile capital and labor, and get out of the class struggle
Its program is based on simple measures and a realistic economic culture. The reduction in charges – promised by all for four terms – is combined with concrete measures for employees, uniting them with their bosses in a common project. Thus, the merit bonus (up to three months’ salary), or employee participation in the company’s capital (widely extended to companies with more than 11 employees) finally take the production tool out of the Marxist matrix which has dominated consciousness for more than a century. They are symbolic of the audacious desire for a common participation – according to the just merits and means of each – in a result beneficial to all, both financially and in terms of personal dignity. Economic and social progress cannot in fact do without human dignity, sacrificed on the altar of consumerist individualism. Éric Zemmour’s project is part of a vision of work that I share, in which man develops and contributes to the common good through the realization of his talents in the exercise of his profession. My job as a consultant leads me to accompany people of all ages, situations and social classes. In everyone, the personal thirst for full realization is combined with the desire to contribute to a common building.
The rooted vision of the economy that he offers us, in addition to offering concrete solutions to current challenges, allows everyone to benefit from it, both by preserving purchasing power and by restoring dignity of work
An economy of transmission and rooting
The need, invoked at will, to adapt France to a globalized economy badly conceals the impotence and the absence of political will of the “wholesalers of Brussels” denounced by Philippe Seguin, late visionary in his time. Finicky and omnipresent where it is not expected (public spending in France today represents 60% of GDP), the state is failing in its duty to safeguard the vital interests of the country. The Alstom affair is a tragic illustration of this: industrial disaster, shipwreck of our sovereignty but also abandonment of a vast tangible and intangible heritage, lost know-how and economic fabric of subcontractors hard hit (French industry had 5, 5 million jobs in 1980, only 3.1 million today). The State must reconnect with a strategy of power, a condition of both its sovereignty and its prosperity. The economy only makes sense in the service of civilization, and here again, in terms of inheritance (succession and donations), purchasing power (favoring rural areas), environment (preservation of landscapes , local and national priorities), culture and education (return to the fundamentals of education), Éric Zemmour’s program meets these needs.
The rooted vision of the economy that he offers us, in addition to offering concrete solutions to current challenges, allows everyone to benefit from it, both by preserving purchasing power and by restoring dignity of work. Honoring creativity, the spirit of enterprise, and the protection of production tools, can once again make economic life a powerful factor in national cohesion.