The post-Covid-19

The cries of desperation from local commerce, the probable disappearance of many companies currently in survival, the need to adapt the level of employment to the level of real or future activity are already generating mass unemployment which will create enormous pressure. social and, consequently, financial burden on the national economy.

The post-Covid-19 would it not constitute a favorable moment – vis-à-vis public opinion – to open new economic and social paths from an ecological perspective, in order to allow everyone to live decently (for example example a drastic reduction in working time) by renovating or creating an industrial fabric adapted to the new situation? The current system (unemployment to feed dividends) can only worsen an already explosive social situation. Financial liberalism has led to the deindustrialization of the country and, consequently, to its dependence on foreign countries for essential productions. Where are we with alternative economics studies? Isn’t it time to consider a universal income system realistic, while sharing available jobs?

Beyond the conservatism specific to an upper middle class attached to its material advantages, it now appears necessary to save what can still be preserved in terms of ecology on the one hand, and of the economy for the population from a general point of view on the other hand. (…)




Pope and universal income

Having finished reading the last book of Pope Francis, A time to change, I did not understand why The cross, on November 24, had highlighted an aspect of the work which occupies a single page, that of the universal income. By doing so, our journal seems to me to have given too much priority to a social innovation over the overall reflection that the Pope offers us in this difficult time of epidemic.

In his work, he raises the problem of the media which, reporting on two recent synods, have retained for that on the family only the problem of the divorced and remarried, and for that on the Amazon that of the ordination of married men.

For my part, I would have insisted on his prophetic vision as a spiritual guide based on the liberating and creative forces of the Spirit, on his call to manage our tensions and our contradictions by discerning on a case by case basis, on the lessons that it draws from the synodal proceedings, the truth being to many and announcing itself to many.

Jean-Claude Devèze



National solidarity

The letter of November 9 for “national solidarity” catches my attention as I have just finished reading the encyclical letter. Fratelli tutti of Pope Francis. So that fraternity is not one “More romantic expression”, the pope stresses the importance of thinking about the common good in the long term.

Raising taxes for wealthy people is not in line with the government’s promises; but why not, in this very special period, subject to a specific, mobilizing objective. The fire at Notre-Dame de Paris caused a flow of money for its reconstruction. Don’t some burning suburbs deserve the same generosity? The Borloo 2018 plan, rejected by the government, presents a program of 19 actions intended to promote social inclusion in our republic, in particular young people from these suburbs. Why not create a national solidarity fund which would be fed by a specific tax for the implementation of the Borloo plan?

André Bonnefond

(Val d’Oise)


Parcoursup and social mix

I react to the article of December 21, “Parcoursup does not promote social diversity enough”. It’s good to give instructions. To weight algorithms. To open access. But who will give the algorithm of success to young people? We are satisfied to see that DUTs recruit about a third of technological baccalaureate holders (at least in the fields that I have observed). But what a surprise, once in the place, to see that many of them fail … And, as if by chance, in the Parcoursup sheets we can read the overall success rate of a training course, but we cannot read the pass rate by original baccalaureate stream. It is not published.

The central problem is not to enter training (at least in France). It is to succeed. Moreover, on Parcoursup, many training courses show staggering failure rates that approach and sometimes exceed 50%.

So, to give young people a chance, could we adapt the superior so that he takes the high school students where they are? A student with good results in his high school who is motivated and hardworking must pass his first post-baccalaureate year. This is equal opportunity.



Disability and family

Geneviève Jurgensen’s column on “The place of the brother” (The cross December 14) really moved me. I am one of those families who know the vocabulary CAT, Esat, EMP, etc. ; not as a mother but as a grandmother!

Of course, I try to think and help all my grandchildren, but the one with a disability focuses my attention to the point of obsession. Everything revolves around him. And I have to make an effort so that every phone call or visit I don’t start with him. The others are there, I love them. But they are like “back”.

The conclusion of Geneviève Jurgensen’s article did me a lot of good: “We expect other children to be well and we trust them for that. A confidence which, far from making them feel abandoned, carries them and inspires them. “ Thank you for this sentence and this reflection.

We are only “men”, we try to do everything as well as possible, but in some cases there are not enough hours in a day and we can only devote a few minutes to the children who are behind the “cannibal”. “. Do not think that I want to excuse my attitude but often, in life, a sentence or a benevolent word makes us start again and move forward.

A reader


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