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The Works of Manfred Davidmann
Reports and teachings relevant to today's problems
Manfred Davidmann is an internationally well-known and respected scientist and consultant, and author of a number of books and reports which have had and are having considerable impact. His work usually breaks new ground and opens up new understanding and is written in meaningful and easily understood language. Outstanding is that his work is generally accepted as factual, objective and unbiased.
More than 6 million copies of his reports have been downloaded from the Solhaam website so far and have changed the way in which people live, think and behave.
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Theme of the Week (Current Events, Current Problems)
How individuals in responsible positions or authority, in local and national government, are managing our affairs on our behalf and for us, is of crucial importance to every citizen.
Government has to make ends meet, has to bring about a rising standard of secure living, social security and an increasing quality of life for its citizens. There can be ups and downs but, says Manfred Davidmann, "failure to make ends meet is just as directly and surely the result of bad leadership and management as it is in any commercial enterprise."
This is a severe criticism also of the kind of experts and consultants used, and of the way they are used. "The quality of one's experts and whether and how their expertise is used, and applied, are of decisive importance."
It was Manfred Davidmann who twenty years ago demolished the then-current economic myths about 'Price Inflation' and 'Wage Inflation', and about inflation and unemployment. He coined the phrase 'Exporting Employment and Importing Unemployment', and pointed to, and warned about, the social and economic consequences of what is now often euphemistically called 'outsourcing' or 'globalisation'.
In 1991, Manfred Davidmann showed that multinational companies were minimising their liability for corporation tax by transfer pricing, that is by making book entries which transfer profits to the country with the lowest corporation tax.
This tax avoidance is legal and governments have not legislated to prevent this practice.
Owners and directors in this way profit from the unemployment and the lower standard of living their operations cause in the home-country. They will continue to profit from increasing unemployment and its consequences as long as they do not have to pay the social costs of their operations. In other words, as long as they are allowed to pass this part of their operating costs to the community.
Employers should pay wages which will provide a good life for employees and their families. But the lower the wage paid, the higher the profit. And there will be employers who are more interested in their own profits than in the welfare of their employees.
Some employers may then pay wages which are so low that employees are forced to work long hours merely to survive. A government may then make up such wages with income-support benefits to a poverty-existence level. Which is apparently what happened in the UK while minimum-wage requirements ceased to be applied. And which is also being done in Germany.
It appears that representatives of multinationals and governments representing the 29 richest industrialised countries, all OECD members, had been developing the MAI's provisions at the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) since 1995. This seems to have been done in complete secrecy till a leaked copy became available on the Internet in 1997.
It seems that the agreement was to have been finalised in February 1998. Apparently it was adverse publicity relating to its restrictive provisions which delayed completion as concerned groups of citizens publicised their concerns. And some governments then withdrew their support.
So let us look at the kind of provisions this almost-agreed agreement on 'Multilateral Agreement on Investment' contained:
Democratically elected governments
Multinationals would have had the right to
So it appears that under MAI the national governments would have handed over control, that is authority to act, over much of the economic and social welfare of their citizens to multinational corporations (that is to those who own and direct these corporations), if they had agreed to this treaty.
In other words, multinationals would have been given overriding authority over democratically elected governments.
Governments recently promised to provide vast money handouts to what appear to have been speculative financial institutions when commercial banks considered these institutions too great a risk and refused to continue lending money to them.
Following which multinational motor manufacturers were claiming that they would have to seriously curtail or close down their operations in major industrialised countries, thus increasing unemployment, apparently hoping or clamouring for similarly enormous money handouts.
With governments seriously considering the motor manufacturers' requests and apparently agreeing, at least in principle, to the handing over of vast sums to them.
Socially responsible and caring governmental legislation has to take precedence over the profit-motivated activities of corporations (including financial institutions)
No elected representative, government or government employee has the authority
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