Carlos Barciela: “Tax fraud under Franco was a huge problem, exacerbated by systematic amnesties”

In the 1940s, in the midst of the postwar period, the National Wheat Service (SNT), an organization created by the rebels to organize wheat production in Spain, began a campaign to persuade growers to sell their crops. This was their obligation by law, but the strategy failed and they preferred to sell on the black market in the face of famine and black market conditions. Aurelio García González, a senior official in the service, said one of his visits was to the mayor of an Andalusian city and a landowner who was asked to settle the funds he had. They were not successful. Moreover, years later he would recall the landowner’s response: “Why do you think we won the war?” he said to them.

Carlos Barciela, Professor of History and Economic Institutes and Professor Emeritus of the University of Alicante, recounts this anecdote in a recently published article. We lived better with Franco (Catarata), in which he destroys the major economic myths about Franco’s regime and depicts a system of misery, failure, hardship and privilege for large landowners, businessmen and the Church in the face of the “economic miracle” that some still attribute to the dictator today..Barciela He has a doctorate in economic sciences and is the author of many studies on the Spanish economy during the dictatorship.

Source: El Diario

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