Our inaugural blog explained how we’re dedicated to unpacking “competitiveness” as it applies to countries, not companies.
Once you start looking out for these c-words, ‘competitive,’ ‘compete,’ ‘competition,’ you will find them everywhere to talk about states and whole countries (and even whole regional blocks, like Europe). These words are used to close down debate.
“Well, we must do this, in order to stay ‘competitive,’ ” a politician says.
And people sigh, hang their heads, and move on. They feel powerless.
Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism calls this concern with so-called competitiveness “a not very good yet widely accepted excuse for crushing labour.” And we’d tend to agree.