Greece votes No to Austerity!

We can give whatever solidarity we can to support the Greek people who have now voted no. I post some interesting articles.
Greece-SWP
Update on No: Yanis Varoufakis – who has now resigned
Our NO is a majestic, big YES to a democratic Europe.

It is a NO to the dystopic vision of a Eurozone that functions like an iron cage for its peoples.

It is a loud YES to the vision of a Eurozone offering the prospect of social justice with shared prosperity for all Europeans.
“Ending interminable, self-defeating, austerity and restructuring Greece’s public debt were our two targets. But these two were also our creditors’ targets. From the moment our election seemed likely, last December, the powers-that-be started a bank run and planned, eventually, to shut Greece’s banks down. Their purpose?

To humiliate our government by forcing us to succumb to stringent austerity, and
To drag us into an agreement that offers no firm commitment to a sensible, well-defined debt restructure.

The ultimatum of 25th June was the means by which these aims would be achieved.

The people of Greece today returned this ultimatum to its senders; despite the fear mongering that the domestic oligarchic media transmitted night and day into their homes.”
http://yanisvaroufakis.eu/2015/07/06/our-no-is-a-majestic-big-yes-to-a-democratic-rational-europe/

First An End to the BlackmailIn a landmark speech, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announces that a referendum will be held on the Troika bailout deal by Alexis Tsipras

For six months now the Greek government has been waging a battle in conditions of unprecedented economic suffocation to implement the mandate you gave us on January 25. The mandate we were negotiating with our partners was to end the austerity and to allow prosperity and social justice to return to our country. It was a mandate for a sustainable agreement that would respect both democracy and common European rules and lead to the final exit from the crisis.

Throughout this period of negotiations, we were asked to implement the agreements concluded by the previous governments with the Memoranda, although they were categorically condemned by the Greek people in the recent elections. However, not for a moment did we think of surrendering, that is to betray your trust. After five months of hard bargaining, our partners, unfortunately, issued at the Eurogroup the day before yesterday an ultimatum to Greek democracy and to the Greek people. An ultimatum that is contrary to the founding principles and values of Europe, the values of our common European project.

They asked the Greek government to accept a proposal that accumulates a new unsustainable burden on the Greek people and undermines the recovery of the Greek economy and society, a proposal that not only perpetuates the state of uncertainty but accentuates social inequalities even more.

The proposal of institutions includes: measures leading to further deregulation of the labor market, pension cuts, further reductions in public sector wages and an increase in VAT on food, dining and tourism, while eliminating tax breaks for the Greek islands. These proposals directly violate the European social and fundamental rights: they show that concerning work, equality and dignity, the aim of some of the partners and institutions is not a viable and beneficial agreement for all parties but the humiliation the entire Greek people.

These proposals mainly highlight the insistence of the IMF in the harsh and punitive austerity and make more timely than ever the need for the leading European powers to seize the opportunity and take initiatives which will finally bring to a definitive end the Greek sovereign debt crisis, a crisis affecting other European countries and threatening the very future of European integration. Fellow Greeks, right now weighs on our shoulders the historic responsibility towards the struggles and sacrifices of the Greek people for the consolidation of democracy and national sovereignty. Our responsibility for the future of our country.
And this responsibility requires us to answer the ultimatum on the basis of the sovereign will of the Greek people.

Fellow Greeks, to the blackmailing of the ultimatum that asks us to accept a severe and degrading austerity without end and without any prospect for a social and economic recovery, I ask you to respond in a sovereign and proud way, as the history of the Greek people commands. To authoritarianism and harsh austerity, we will respond with democracy, calmly and decisively.

Greece, the birthplace of democracy will send a resounding democratic response to Europe and the world.

I am personally committed to respect the outcome of your democratic choice, whatever that is. And I’m absolutely confident that your choice will honor the history of our country and send a message of dignity to the world.

In these critical moments, we all have to remember that Europe is the common home of peoples. That in Europe there are no owners and guests. Greece is and will remain an integral part of Europe and Europe is an integral part of Greece.

But without democracy, Europe will be a Europe without identity and without a compass.

Greece
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/06/tsipras-speech-referendum-bailout-troika/

Slavoj Zizek:Greece:chance for Europe to awaken
http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/07/Slavoj-Zizek-greece-chance-europe-awaken

1 Asia-Pacific left statement of solidarity with the people and government of Greece
Thursday, July 2, 2015 ‘Your struggle is our struggle’
We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with the people of Greece and the Syriza-led government as they prepare for a referendum on July 5, 2015 on whether to accept the continuation of the program of neoliberal austerity or chart a new course free from the debilitating stranglehold of the “troika” — the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, and the European Commission.

We support the call of Syriza for a ‘no vote’ as the only option for the people of Greece, especially the working classes, to assert sovereign control over the country’s economy and their own future.

We condemn the “troika” and their allied political institutions, for forcing their policies of neoliberal austerity, privatization, deregulation, and savage cutbacks dismantling the public sector. We, therefore, hold the “troika” responsible for the massive unemployment, increased poverty, greater social inequality, and a severe economic depression now being experienced by Greece. The irony of it all is that the huge debts the “troika” is demanding for repayment did not go to Greece but were used to repay private sector creditors such as French and German banks. In other words, these are onerous and illegitimate debts.

We had welcomed the election of the Syriza-led government on a program committed to ending the neoliberal-austerity policies imposed by the EU creditors and we stand in solidarity with them as they struggle to implement an anti-austerity program.

The austerity program has been assessed as a colossal failure by leading economists worldwide. Despite this, the insistence of the EU creditors and their political and economic allies to resuscitate this failed program, can only be construed as a cynical political maneuver whose real aim is to bring down the Syriza government, the first anti-neoliberal, anti-austerity government to be popularly elected in Europe.

Syriza was a product of the mass movements’ and working people’s struggles against neoliberal austerity promoted by unbridled capitalism. Similar political organizations have arisen across Europe, such as Podemos in Spain, a product of the anti-austerity ‘indignados’ movement.

The specter that haunts the European capitalist class is a ‘Syriza syndrome’ spreading to other parts of Europe, particularly in Spain, with the election of an anti-neoliberal Podemos government. By bringing down the Syriza government, the capitalist hydra aims to strangle such a movement at its birth.

Peoples from all over the world, in both developing and developed countries, have been struggling for the past decades against the imposition of a whole range of neo-liberal measures – liberalization, deregulation, and privatization, including neoliberal austerity programs imposed by capitalist governments led by the US and its allies, through the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial institutions.

There has also been a long history of struggles against debt repayments and for the cancellation of odious and illegitimate debts. The world has experienced how debt burdens and neo-liberal impositions have created havoc on economies, depleted natural resources, exacerbated inequalities, and impoverished peoples while siphoning off billions of dollars to global capitalist banks, giant corporations and imperialist governments.

We welcome the people of Greece into the struggle of peoples of the global South against neoliberalism, onerous debts and austerity.

Your struggle, is our struggle. Your victory, is our victory. Initial signatories:
Eduardo C. Tadem, Ph.D., Professor, University of the Philippines
Reihana Mohideen, Transform Asia
Ric Reyes, Philippines
Sonny Melencio, Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) – Philippines
Jean Enriquez, World March of Women
Focus on the Global South
Mary Ann Manahan, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
Josua Mata, SENTRO, Philippines
Lidy Nacpil, Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development
Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)
Socialist Alliance, Australia
Manarishi Dhital, Nepal
Cora Valdez Fabros, STOP the War Coalition, Philippines
Isagani Serrano, President, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM)
Amado Mendoza Jr., PhD., Professor, University of the Philippines
Teresa Encarnacion Tadem, Ph.D., Professor, University of the Philippines
Joseph Anthony Lim, Ph.D., Professor, Ateneo de Manila University
Jafar Suryomenggolo, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Kyoto University
Socialist Aotearoa, New Zealand
Michael Treen, National Director, Unite Union of Aotearoa/New Zealand
Alab Katipunan, Philippines
Marcela Olivera, Red Vida, Bolivia
Benjamin Quinones, Jr., Ph.D., Executive Coordinator, Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS-Asia)
Fatima Gay Molina, Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP-Philippines)
Janus Isaac Nolasco, University Researcher, University of the Philippines
Aries Arugay, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of the Philippines
Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives (ARENA)
Alternative ASEAN Network (ALTSEAN)
Krishna Kumar KK, Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP-India)
Maria Luisa Torres, PhD., Professor, Ateneo de Manila University
Maria Dulce F. Natividad, Ph.D., University of the Philippines
Liga ng Makabagong Kabataan (LMK – Philippines)
Nathan Gilbert Quimpo, Ph.D., University of Tsukuba
George Aseniero, Dapitan, Philippines.
Fatima Gay Molina, Center for Disaster Preparedness, Philippines
Liga ng Makabagong Kabataan, Philippines
Awami Workers Party, Pakistan
Chris White, socialist, former Secretary of the United Trades & Labor Council of South Australia
Sam Wainwright, Socialist Alliance City Councillor for Fremantle, Western Australia
Sue Bolton, Socialist Alliance City Councillor for Moreland, Victoria, Australia
Resistance, Young Socialist Alliance, Australia
Tim Gooden, Secretary, Geelong Trades Hall Council
Partai Rakyat Demokratik, Indonesia
Rudi Hartono, editor Berdikari Online
Social Action for Change, Cambodia
letgreecebreathe

http://www.socialist-alliance.org/news/asia-pacific-left-statement-solidarity-people-and-government-greece

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Greece: Astonishing and resounding ‘Oxi’ (No) to EU austerity http://links.org.au/node/4496

http://www.socialistworkeronline.net/tonight-we-celebrate-tomorrow-the-struggle-continues/

3. Unions: A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of a democratic alternative to austerity.

http://www.iuf.org/w/?q=node%2F4328

4.What Comes After Oxi? Five possible scenarios after today’s referendum in Greece.by Nantina Vgontzas
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/07/tsipras-default-euro-syriza-merkel/

5.OXI – A Three Letter Word of Resistance and Hope – Adam Rorris reports from Athens July 5melb rally
https://australiagreecesolidarity.wordpress.com/2015/07/05/oxi-a-three-letter-word-of-resistance-and-hope-adam-rorris-reports-from-athens/

6. Battle lines drawn in Greece by Colleen Bolger
https://redflag.org.au/node/4728

Melbourne solidarity Against the Banks

Melbourne solidarity Against the Banks


7. 9 myths about the Greek crisis http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2015/07/9-myths-about-the-greek-crisis-000131

8. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis on Talking to my daughter about the economy
http://yanisvaroufakis.eu/2015/04/23/talking-to-my-daughter-about-the-economy-preface-to-the-german-edition/

Melbourne Solidarity Greece Breathes

Melbourne Solidarity Greece Breathes


9. Germany vs Greece. The end game? https://petermartin2001.wordpress.com/2015/06/20/germany-vs-greece-the-end-game/

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Melbourne solidarity rally Greece breathes

Melbourne solidarity rally Greece breathes

. Greek referendum will sharpen contradictions, not resolve them
http://www.cpaml.org/posting1.php?id=213

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6 Responses to Greece votes No to Austerity!

  1. george theodoridis July 9, 2015 at 10:27 am #

    Wonderful blog, Chris.

    I was watching ERT live last night.
    Tsipras was invited for the first time to speak in the EU parliament in Strasburg.
    He was welcomed with thunderous applause, with Greek flags and with placards of NO and OXI.
    His speeches, one at the beginning of the session and one at the end, answering his detractors were nothing short of Chrysostomic, gold and honey out of the same mouth.
    Inspirational. A balm against the injustices this little country has suffered under these corrupt engineers, these small minds, these thieves, these… bankers.
    You’ll remember my little article in Ellis’ blog. Last night I saw young Solon in his stance and in his words. People have been pushed around like numbers are pushed around by accountants. No more.

    To anyone who speaks Greek, ERT live can be viewed here:
    http://webtv.ert.gr/ert1-live/

    Great stuff here, Chris. All power to both your arms, to keep it going.

  2. george theodoridis July 9, 2015 at 10:32 am #

    PS. A most interesting article on the calculation of the amount is this one by Jacob Soll:

    http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2015/07/greece-owes-less-than-europe-says-000132

    “But wait: is that what Greece really owes? In fact, there are few if any accountants who agree with that number. Due to debt restructuring, many independent observers have calculated the market value of Greece’s debt at somewhere closer to a tenth that number.

    That’s a huge difference, and you might think it was trumped up by some radically pro-Greek accountant. But the argument has been made by German bankers, American bond analysts, and international accounting leaders. They agree that if you calculated Greece’s debt by the modern accounting standards known as IPSAS—the rules used by the European Commission itself, as well as countries such as Britain and Portugal—it could be as low as $36 billion.”

    • george theodoridis July 11, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

      Tsipras’ Syriza and Merkel’s Eurozone stab Europe’s heart.

      The assessment of the Greek offer to the zoners, by many commentators falls a little short, but unfortunately this does not stop it from being grave, if not a lethal offer for the Greeks.

      It’s true, this package has been voted in, in the convocation held late last night and it has been delivered to the hands of the vampires in Brussells.
      It has hurt me enormously, listening to all the politicians involved in the debate, one of whom burst into tears with the righteous anger and terror she felt for allowing this brutal punishment of her people to see the light of day.

      To be fair, the package does ask for 13b euros for the austerity alleviation program and 35b euro to get the banks to shut the fuck up with their whining and to open their doors, (by remote control from Brussells, of course, through its so called “European Stability Mechanism).

      It is also asking for a 30% reduction of the debt. It should be at least 80%, if not 100% according to the estimations of many economists but there it is. It’s something. Whether Greece will actually get that, it’s another matter but every fiddling of the numbers that the zone does in its favour, it encourages syriza to get back to the people (or not) with a new referendum about a divorce. It should not go to a referendum, in my opinion and just fucking do it! They are elected to do things!

      Various economists exhort, “something has to be done to take the banks out of intensive care.” (Preston http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33475455)
      No, mate, the banks are the bloated pigs. Healthy and wealthy to a disgraceful degree; and they are so, because they are the institutions that were used by the financial hyenas of zionoamericanoenglish Wall St and Fleet St beast which has its reproductive organs in Rothchild’s back pocket!

      They don’t need “intensive care,” they need closing down, its managers taken to the Hague, prosecuted for crimes against humanity and either shot dead or jailed for all eternity, in Guantanamo-like prisons.
      They are not in intensive care.
      Greece is! They are the cancer that needs to be removed.

      They should be all nationalised, or at least a publicly owned bank, a national bank should be opened with its own vaults that holds its own currency.
      Nothing else will do! A sovereign currency.
      A foreign currency rules from a foreign land. Full stop!
      Is this Democracy?
      All else is tinkering around the edges of famine and of eternal beggary and buggery and Syriza knows this very well. Varoufakis and Tsakalotos know this, so does Lafazanis, so does Zoe Konstantopoulou, so does another utterly brilliant lady, Rachel Makris (Ραχήλ Μακρή) and a dozen or so other, very committed members of the Left.
      These had their heart brutally ripped out of them.

      The problem stems from this bullshit idea that was promoted from the very first moment by Tsipras himself and which gave me an utterly uneasy feeling. My stomach churned violently every time I heard it: that “he, Tsipras, had no mandate to exit the eurozone!” Do not exit “Europe” every one shouted with him!

      Total bullshit!
      And Tsipras knows it!
      He was put there for exactly that very reason. To get the bloody claws of this beast out of the country. To kill it. To tell it to get fucked. The more I heard him utter these words the more the bile reached my throat and the more my heart prepared itself for a betrayal.

      So, everything that Tsipras’ Syriza (and there is the Syriza of a whole lot of others, at least 17 or so) did was based on the crass excuse and the base cliché that “Europe is part of Greece and Greece is part of Europe!”

      What the fuck do a bunch of blood-sucking, filthy rich thieves have to do with Europe?
      What the fuck does this conglomerate of self serving criminals have to do with the likes of Voltaire and DesCartes and Bach and Spinoza and Diderot and Goethe and Kant and Mozart and Rousseau -and not allow others the to wag their finger at me I won’t mention the Greeks) and a legion of other European men and women who shone the light of clear thought and of conscience to the rest of the planet?
      What do these morons have to do with the enlightenment? With the cauldron of culture in ancient Greece and Rome and England?
      What an insult to the real Europe, the breeding ground of thought and emotion this herd of barbarians are and what an insult it is to call them “Europe!”
      What a disgraceful view it is that says these vulgar creatures are remotely connected with the continent!

      Sorry, Tsipras but for all your brilliant rhetoric you did nothing to show that you understand or that you really want to save one of the most important -perhaps its very heart!- members of the body of Europe, Greece.
      You did nothing to show that you understand Europe herself and that you tried at all to save her.
      Manolis Glessos’ words did not touch you! What a shame! They have touched every other Greek, and every other sentient being who heard them, young and old!

      Tsipras protested that he doesn’t want to become another Loukas Papademos, a plant by Brussells and Berlin, and an agent of Goldman Sachs.
      So what has he become now, then if not exactly another Papademos? Another plant of the same dictators?
      He could have become, instead, another true resistance hero, Manolis Glessos who has just written a most heartfelt apology to the Greek people for being himself, one of the contributors to what he called an “illusion” of negotiations. (http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/02/22/syriza-mep-glezos-apologizes-to-greek-people-for-contributing-to-an-illusion/)

      But perhaps it is I who cannot understand what is going on here, on this dark chess board and this dim and gloomy opera. After all, it’s not all over yet since the Bitch has not yet sung! Perhaps it’s a ploy by Tsipras and his Syriza, a ploy that will make the criminals eventually move the Queen on this chessboard where he, Tsipras wants her.
      Perhaps.
      I certainly hope so.

      The package is yet to be accepted by the criminals and brought back to the Greek Parliament for further debate.
      It will be discussed in the zone tomorrow and brought back to Greece on Monday, or so it is expected. Anything could happen at these discussions of course but I am not holding too big a bag of hopes!

  3. george theodoridis July 16, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    The paradox is hilarious, as well as tragic, which, of course, is the way of the paradox:
    The full Parliament will vote on the last deal (list of demands by the Eurozone).

    All but the Golden Dawn thugs will vote in favour of accepting this atrocious deal, a knife directly in the heart of the country, while, at the same time -and paradoxically- they will accuse Tsipras of signing to it!

    Yep, watching Parliament is a hilariously tragic paradox!

    The Greek Parliament is going through some bizarre and, yes, paradoxical times.
    Reminds one of Dickens’ longest sentence ever. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

  4. george theodoridis July 16, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    The thing about Visions.

    Sometimes visions and dreams prove to be nothing more than illusions and the grander these visions and dreams the grander these illusions. When they become grand enough, they turn into delusions.
    I have yet to make up my mind as to whether the grand vision of 50 countries -some of which have floating borders- all on the one continent can live in peace, harmony and mutual respect. Fifty countries! One Europe! One currency! One set of laws! One cauldron of cultures!
    This is certainly a grand vision, perhaps one of the grandest ever and it might well be a grand illusion and for the visionary, a grand delusion.
    The PM of Greece, Alexis Tsipras was interviewed for well over an hour yesterday, 14th July 2015, by two of Greece’s most eminent journalists, Andonis Alafogiorgos and Panos Haritos.
    The interview challenged some of my views regarding Mr Tsipras’ work during the five or so months as a Prime Minister and more particularly his skills as a negotiator of difficult conflicts. It has also made me think quite more carefully about that conflict, what, in fact, it was and on which side of it he should stand.

    Previously, I took the vision of a United Europe as a utopian dream, never to be accomplished and that the people of Europe should treat as nothing more than a fantasy, not even a dream and certainly not a calling.

    Listening Mr Tsipras challenged that view, the view that such a united Europe was unattainable. And it was that view that gave Mr Tsipras the fervour of his involvement in those negotiations. He is possessed of that vision and he wants it to happen. He wants those who try to turn it into a nightmare gone. So he fought and fought bravely and gallantly, a fight much like that which the men at Marathon and Thermopylae fought over two and a half thousand years ago. He stood alone, defending a small country, in a narrow path, against hordes of ferocious and well armed enemy.
    Whether he won or not is yet to be identified.

    At the end of those negotiations I thought he lost and that Greece had been conquered. So did many others. Now I am not so sure.
    If one is as possessed of that united Europe vision as Mr Tsipras and his ex minister for Finance, Yiannis Varoufakis were -but not so his new Minister for Finance, Mr Tskalotos, then one would have no doubt in raising Mr Tsipras’ hand up into the heights given to victors. For his or her, Mr Tsipras had won a glorious victory, for him, for Greece and for that vision of a single Europe.

    However, if one is not similarly possessed, as I was until that interview, then one would be enormously angry at the blatant waste: of time, of heroes, of a country and its people.

    But Mr Tsipras is convinced and he has made me convinced that the vision is not only held by him but by many countries, albeit mainly the Southern, poorer countries, though, I dare give myself the indulgence of some ethnic and cultural chauvinism and say that the division is not a fiscal one but one of grand ideas (yes, illusions some times) vs crass materialism and pragmatism. The North, I would argue is besotted by the “pragma” the “material” whereas the South is besotted by the “idea” ie, the ideal.

    I don’t want to go here into explanations of Plato’s Theory of Forms (and Ideas) as he expounds them in his Republic but that is what I am thinking about.

    Grand ideas of justice and virtue and beauty of the soul and power and gods and suchlike, fighting against what he, and the Stoics would call, crass ideas about a hunger for things: money, power for its own sake, castles and slaves.

    The North vs The South. It’s a simplistic view, I admit but I feel it has quite some validity.

    And this is why I believe that visionaries like Alexis Tsipras are wrong thinking that it can happen; and even if they are right about the vision, I cannot see that it can be implemented as things are right now.

    And this is where Alexis Tsipras emerged victorious: He has shown to the world exactly what is holding that vision from becoming a reality:
    He went into the negotiations full of ideas, grand ideas thinking that he will be talking with people who were also full of ideas but, instead, found himself fighting -fighting, not discussing as did Socrates with all comers- with people whose heads were clogged with “pragmata” with things, with the pursuit of material, not spiritual things, not with things that enlarge a soul, that enrich a soul that unite people but things that separate and repel people in the most brutal ways.

    It was what our war mongers cal an asymmetrical war, a war that was fought with different weapons.

    Tsipras’ victory is that he exposed this in all its dismal reality. Europe is run by a very few materialists, capitalists with little if any regard for anything that the visionaries of a United Europe love.
    And he exposed not only the brutality of this phenomenon but, even more importantly, the narrowness of its purpose. Whereas a United Europe would allow for an expansion of thought and an enrichment of a European’s life, an enrichment of a European’s heart, this group of men and women was diminishing it with lethal speed and enthusiasm. Tsipras saw that the Eurozone ran Europe and the men and women who ran the Eurozone were not, in fact, men and women but human manifestations of banks and calculators and computers that shuffled wealth out of countries and into what looked very much like a Germanocentric institution, an institution that behaved like a bunch of loan sharks, impoverishing other nations and trying to destroy what it can of their culture, its spirit, its philosophy, its great store rooms of ideas.

    The Eurozone, Tsipras worked out, was destroying not only the pure vision of a United Europe but of real live people.

    He didn’t want to get Greece out of there, to turn away from the single currency, the Euro, which was totally manipulated by them and onto a new currency for Greece because he didn’t want to allow these anti-United Europe men and women to win, to destroy his vision.

    He fought, tirelessly for that, and I’d suggest even to the detriment of one country, his Greece, so that these supreme capitalists -thieves really, to be honest because capitalism does not have to include brutality or theft or disrespect or the destruction of lofty ideas- did not destroy his Europe, the Europe of which Greece was undeniably a member, right up until the Germans and their sattellite countries installed their loan shark machine.

    As I write, the politicians of Greece are gathering in Parliament, about to debate the new “offer” by the zone, Tsipras’ worth and position, and the worth and position of his party, SYRIZA, itself. Both, he and his party will survive and the “offer” will be legislated. There is no alternative at the moment. Either the banks will be recapitalised (by the ECB, Dragghi’s baby) or they will remain shut.
    Tsipras says this is not an option. Banks must open their doors and the cogs of the Greek economy must begin to turn again.
    But during that period of negotiations, he showed to the rest of the world the ruthless, bloody minded, mean way the eurozone functions.

    He managed to divide the rulers, Germany and France; the rulers of Germany, Merkel and Schaubel, though not for anything of substance but for the way each wanted to go about making Germany even more powerful -in material things.

    The people of Germany are now angry at both these two figures.
    The people of the Southern States soon will all have elections, beginning with Spain and, one by one these hoarders of things who run them, will be replaced with men and women who love the mind, the values, the discussions about good and evil, about the lightness or otherwise of the soul, about justice.

    And then we will see a new Europe very much resembling the past, the dismantled the trampled Europe.

    The Eurozone is not about Europe, nor is it related to it by any other means than by geography. The Eurozone is about the Eurozone and the Eurozone only!

    In that battle, I think Mr Tsipras has won and I wish him, and wish Europe and Greece, all the very best.

  5. george theodoridis July 16, 2015 at 10:56 am #

    What came out of the interview with Tsipras is something which I had never thought was a thought that was seriously considered by many serious visionaries, which is that, throughout Europe, there truly is, or rather was, an idea of uniting Europe -the whole of Europe!- in all possible virtuous ways: exchange of ideas, of laws and customs and a mutual understand between all peoples.

    I always took this to be a utopian view and gave it the disrespect one has for overbloated dreams. Didn’t bother thinking too much about it. This current concatenation of events made me visit that grand idea once again.

    Tsipras, it seems thought that the idea a United Europe is quite a doable one and so important a one that it is worth defending and promoting at all costs. Additionally, he also thinks that the mafia who run the “zone” want to destroy that idea.
    He’s right about the latter, wrong, I think about the former. He should fight against the zone mafia but the idea of a United Europe is simply wrong. To think that some 50 plus sovereign countries, with shifting borders, clogged with almost a billion people, all with their own minds, biases, cultural and moral proclivities, a lot of which are fanatically and mutually opposed to the others, will ever enter into a nice, peaceful co-operative arrangement, is so fanciful, to my thinking, that it is laughable, if not lacrimal.

    Tsipras put on a very “good show,” as the posh poms would put it and, in the end, he says, he -no, no, not HE but Europe!- won!

    Methinks, as Shakespeare would put it, he also put quite an effort during that interview with the ERT journos, in trying to convince us that putting his signature on something he heartily hates is a heroic pain he would rather endure than the joy of a hero which he did not think he earned.

    Visions are often illusions and the grander the illusion the more delusional the visionary.

    I have tempered my view of him because the fight was very bloody and because by fighting he exposed what the eurozone is all about: a germanocentric nest of vipers who are out to get the Third Reich of which they were deprived, back in the early to mid last century.
    There are some very angry folk out there! France has told Germany to pull her head in, other, Southern States are making war noises at Germany, Merkel hates Schaubel… what’s not to like about all that?
    I have tempered my negative views of Tsipras but I have not entirely removed them.

    Allowing myself some ethnic chauvinism for a moment, I suspect that it is also a battle between two mindsets: the philosophical (south) and the pragmatic (north). The south wants to talk about lofty and virtuous ideas about justice and morals, good and evil, about Socrates and whether he believed in gods or spirits, whereas the north wants to talk about material things and how to get them. Calculations of numbers, the sort that accountants and hoarders love, rather than the sort that scientists -like Pythagoras, for example- love.

    Different mindsets, different armoury, different battlefield even.
    Tsipras won on his battlefield and lost on theirs.
    The mafia won on their battlefield and lost on his.
    Only to be expected really.