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NY Times: A Job and No Mortgage for All in a Spanish Town
A Job and No Mortgage for All in a Spanish Town

By VICTORIA BURNETT
Published: May 25, 2009


MARINALEDA, Spain The people of this small Andalusian town have never been shy about their political convictions. Since they occupied the estate of a local aristocrat in the 1980s, they and their fiery mayor, Juan Manuel Snchez Gordillo, have been synonymous in Spain with a dogged struggle for the rural poor.

Now that Spains real estate bust is fueling rampant unemployment, this Communist enclave, surrounded by sloping olive groves, is thumbing its nose at its countrymens capitalist folly. Attracted by its municipal housing program and bustling farming cooperative, people from neighboring villages and beyond have come here seeking jobs or homes, villagers and officials say.

Mr. Snchez, a bearded 53-year-old who this month celebrated three decades as mayor of the town of 2,700, says the economic crisis proves the wisdom of his socialist vision.

They all thought that the market was God, who made everything work with his invisible hand, Mr. Snchez said on a recent morning, seated in his office below a portrait of Che Guevara. Before, it was a mortal sin to talk about the government having a role in the economy. Now, we see we have to put the economy at the service of man.

While the rest of Spain gorged on cheap credit to buy overpriced houses, the people of Marinaleda were building their own, mortgage-free, under a municipal program, he said. If a resident loses his job, the cooperative hires him, he said, so nobody wants for work a bold claim in a region with 21 percent unemployment. ............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/26/world/europe/26spain....




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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-27-09 01:47 PM
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