With Panama papers, we got a clear demonstration how the human societies are spoilt worldwide by the obsession of top-down spheres for compulsive self-enrichement and nepotism. The huge work developed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will undoubtedly mark our history and hopefully animate one for all the citizens to fight for a new economic model to rescue our societies. In that sense, science and scientific research- consensually considered as a motor for our economy- must rapidly find a suitable route escaping to this terrible destiny. Instead of providing new tools required for the common good and a better future with a long term perspective, it turns to short-termism looking for more profit. We might indeed worry about the large tendency that can be seen in the EU as well as in the rest of the world for public institutions to blindly support innovation at the expense of inspired bottom-up research. As the fruit of an inspired, bottom-up, cooperative investigation, the Panama papers have lead us to remind that in the EU tax evasion is close to two times the budget deficit . It turns to be definitively clear that part of the decision-making process supporting science policies is under the influence of an invisible offshore governance. The top-down community has been more preoccupied to let grow their offshore banking reserve than to directly reinvert profits issued from science to the common good, to better share them in education and health concerning everyday people and to reduce social inequalities.
The RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation) initiative will help to orientate the scientists and the science education according to the needs of our societies. The RMB-SSE (Social and Solidarity Economy) platform issued from the social economy model must contribute to stop the suicidal offshore attraction. Both are expected to share their views to strengthen our chance for a salutary bifurcation. Hopefully, the citizens are now ready to massively support these proposals and to vote for a global change: it is time to transcend La Boetie’s prophecy.
You are more than welcome to sign in our still relevant Open Letter: “They have chosen ignorance”.