Informality And Ethical Risk | Blogs

Tired of thousands of articles, observatories, or studies that talk about the problem of "informality" and propose tax, labor, or legislative solutions and many other areas of public policy? I also.

I am increasingly convinced that the path to attack informality is another. What we have is an informal culture in which rich and poor, young and old, socialist and liberal, break commitments, lie, distort reality, confuse with ambiguous messages, discriminate subtly, are indifferent, selfish or change positions as underwear, even sacrificing truth and evidence.

The "legal" informality stems from an ethical informality. Legal informality also places us in a situation of “ethical risk”, because it makes us work outside the community, outside an order in which we all must think of the other, not just ourselves. And obviously we have fallen into this historical risk, systematically and constantly. But being informal or out of the community does not mean being outlawed, just.


The informal can pay taxes. Moreover, you can have all your workers on the payroll and walk in a jacket and tie to meetings, calm with your legal situation. But this informal one who loses the ethical conscience quite often, at the end of the day does not care about others, and although he complies with the basic rules that the state puts on him, the rest of the time does not commit himself to those around him but lives by trying to please your desires and whims, isolated from reality.

And this informal does not have a defined stereotype. It can be a public official, an entrepreneur, a journalist, a political analyst, an economist, a lawyer, a consultant, a housewife, a police officer, a socialist or a liberal, I repeat. Its procedure is the one described above, it breaks the ethical principles to do what it wants.

Thus, this informal culture in ethical terms transcends legal boundaries, overcomes them and constantly transfers them. And it is fed by both the state and the business community. On the one hand, the state is filled with power and money, generating spaces of corruption and waste. In addition, it drives away good people complicating their lives, generating burdens, bureaucratic barriers, obstacles, thousands of paperwork, and their money is stolen or misused.

The business for its part, does so by paying the bill of these guys who hide many times under an ethical discourse of the facade and a good look to proceed by ambition, figurative, or simply for fun. They hire them, they ask for consultancies, they sign the check for their inconsequential and purposeless ventures.

In conclusion, and catharsis done in such a complicated context in which no one is saved from being judged, in the first place nobody assumes that we must be perfect or that we have not made mistakes. But secondly, we must understand that there will be no legal formality without unity of ideals and values. There will be no legal formality without ethics. There will be no formality without the immediate implementation of values ​​such as generosity, solidarity or selfless commitment.

Any debate about formality in tax, labor or public policy terms must be framed within the undeniable existence of this generalized, deep and transversal informal culture, whereby we abandon ethics and values ​​to prioritize our personal whims, our selfishness, our individualism.

It is this "superstructure" that we must eliminate and combat, and for that it requires reconciliation, peace and patience, much patience.