The social leader, Héctor “Toty” Flores, referred to the return of barter, a crisis resource, which is seen to grow in the Buenos Aires suburbs, now powered by the networks, as Clarín reflected on Tuesday. “I saw a neighbor change your electric stove for food“, revealed the also deputy for Together for Change, as a worrying symbol: people give your goods to eat.
Flores assured that the informal exchange “has started to multiply“and that, although” it is not something new “, growth is seen in the face of the urgency that is expanding on the internet.
“There has always been some remnant, and a few years ago those exchanges had begun to be given through the calls of social networks,” he explained on the radio program Heads and tails from Eleven Ten.
However, it made a difference: that which “was sporadic” and that was seen when “changing some pieces” of clothing, now takes dimensions that reflect a greater drama.
“Now most people come to change things that are useful around the house for food. And that is the dramatic thing, because it brings us closer to what 2001 has been, in different ways, with the old barter. “Said the leader.
“Toty” Flores knows what he’s talking about. With his dining room that was forged by the La Juanita cooperative, an example of popular contention in the neighborhoods, he learned about the phenomenon in the institutional crisis of two decades ago.
He saw everything then and therefore his word now is not a minor alert. The leader warns of a novel and worrying dichotomy: suffer hunger or cold.
Flores says: “It is dramatic. It marks the state in which we are living in these places where there are people who do not have to eat. I saw here in the neighborhood a person who brought his electric stove to exchange for food. Y I know it, I know it is a neighbor that he does not have a stove to spareto. Or i know he was freezing to death or starving. And he has boys. They are able to stop that so they can eat. “
In addition, it revealed that in the neighborhoods another issue that is growing are traditional fairs “which have also multiplied during the quarantine.” A polirubro sale in informality where barter also arises as payment.
“It is a question of survival, people I could not continue with the changa and then the way they had to increase their income was by going to the fair, “he interpreted.
And he detailed the mechanism: “When it ends and they have not sold, they begin to circulate among the same stalls to barter. Fundamentally lor what are they looking for is food. He who has food can make a lot of difference exchanging it for much more expensive goods, “he described.
Barter Fair of Plaza Rocham in Mar del Plata.
In that sense, he warned: “We have to take into account where are we going“.
“Many believe that the social plan reaches. They take you accounts of the child allowance and what do I know … But that’s to survive. It has always helped with the changa. If you don’t have public transport and you stay there, you lose your money and customers, “Flores analyzed.
He also said that the fall of the middle class “It has made this much more difficult.” “It really is living a very complicated situation“, he defined.
Leave Congress for La Matanza
Looking ahead to the next elections, Flores assured that will not seek to renew its bank in the National Congress and that, on the other hand, he will appear as a councilor in La Matanza, where he was forged as a piquetero leader.
“If La Matanza changes, the country changes,” analyzed the man who joined Elisa Carrió’s political army and followed her to Together for Change since then.
He complained about the insecurity in the party he knows and where his social help network works. He called it “practically a liberated zone.”
“This permanent feeling of insecurity that there is … I see in the news that every two or three days there is a violent event. The statistics say that there is 166 crimes reported per day in La Matanza. That for me is not normal, “he concluded.
A comeback drama
As in the early 2000s with barter clubs, the pandemic brought the phenomenon back. At that time, people flocked to vacant lots, sheds and development societies with items to exchange. In this way, a kind of vigorous, informal and above all saving economy was created.
Barter reorganized communities in the midst of desperation due to lack of food, work and the State. Operated as a palliative against the social disasterl. History is not longed for. No one would have wanted to go back there. But it’s happening back.
Today’s scene the national government prefers to ignoreIt has new nuances, those characteristic of this era. 20 years ago there was not even an extended Internet.
Today social networks replaced the wasteland or the shed and everything seems to be massive from the start. The guests multiply without pause. It is as easy as sending a friend request to any of these groups and waiting a few minutes for them to the group administrator confirm the link.
Barter: everything for food.
Facebook is the place. The social network, which is out of fashion in the upper middle classes, still breathes strongly in the lower middle and lower sectorss. There, barter groups flourish. Villa Soldati, Lomas de Zamora, Bernal, Castelar, Ituzaingo, Moreno, each town has different virtual barter options. Where there is lack, the new forms of barter against despair appear.