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Hopefully VisionHawk’s ‘vision’ comes true, though if SYRIZA had done it starting just after their election they’d have been ready to slam that door a few days ago waging the finger as they walked out.
The most hopeful article i’ve read since the surrender is: “Why the cash economy in Greece may be ending” by Jan Lundberg
“Fortunately, Greeks have a greater connection to the land and sea than most advanced industrialized societies. Typically, families have at least some member with a farm, an orchard, and the means to make homemade wine, cure olives, dry figs, grow fruit, collect herbs, go fishing, and more. The extent of this connection has shrunk drastically since the advent of the shopping culture. But, like in the U.S.’s Great Depression when many Americans had a good chance of having a relative who had a farm to go to as a last resort, Greeks have links to the traditions of their elders and rural relatives. With the advent of agribusiness and urbanization, the small U.S. farmer was eliminated as a Census category; fortunately among modern nations small farmers are much more viable.”
After today’s capitulation, Alex Tsipras must resign immediately. We’ve all been watching this drama for many months now. One day Tsipras says one thing, the next, the absolute opposite. Regardless of whether it’s a case of bribery or blackmail – J. Edgar style, whether he’s insane or incompetent, this is the final straw.
i hope and suspect that SYRIZA is meeting right now and voting to demand his resignation as leader. If not, the Greek Parliament must, by the end of the day today demand a non-confidence vote.
IMO, it’s most likely that Tsipras has had some sort of mental breakdown. It’s all so sad. No matter which side you’re on though, this morning’s capitulation isn’t just another twist in some game. Tsipras must resign immediately.
An excellent analogy Ilargi. One of your best articles to date IMO. Don’t pay any attention to the short-sighted speculators commenting here, they are only interested in the performance of their portfolio in the next quarter, not the world that they’ll leave to their kids and grandkids.
i agree with you that perhaps the only non-disasterous ways out of this situation is long term mild deflation. But that solution is impossible for the spittle spewing speculator class to ever embrace as it would mean them having and wanting less.
The ouzo is flowing in Greece tonight:
Most perhaps but not all, some choose to live a life of non-compliance, to fly under the radar, to use their energy growing healthy food and healthy children who understand that real wealth isn’t measured in money.
When? i’d say it happened in little bits, little bites, over a long time period. One important bite happened when people started to believe they had a stake in capitalism. They ‘invested’ in mutual funds, they accepted the logic of defined contribution pension plans, they used their credit cards to buy needless crap again and again because they deserved it. Now they must turn their eyes and their minds away from the grotesque obscenities of the war machine, the torturers, the environmental degradation, the inequality of oppurtunity, etc lest they face the fact that without the Empire’s armies fleecing of the world’s resources their imaginary wealth would disappear and they’d be forced to do the hard work it takes to live a truly sustainable life, a life that doesn’t exist only by externalizing the effects it creates onto future generations be they human or not.
The capitalist vampires that have convinced so many life on the blood of the compliant
We are all, flora, fauna, microbes, minerals, forces and faeries, in this together and always will be.
“Now the key issue is whether the successor to the German Reich, the Federal Republic of Germany, is responsible for paying back loans extorted by the Nazi occupiers.”
The key issue then is are successor governments responsible for debts incurred by immoral past government actions. If they aren’t then why would Greece be responsible for the debts incurred by the loans its military dictators incurred to buy weapons and line their pockets?
Many parts of what now defined as Ukraine were part of Russia for over 1,000 years Kievan Rus was Russia’s capital at one time. you contention that Stalin populated parts of Ukraine with Russians is totally wrong.
i agree Syriza isn’t capitulating but instead by offering and other illusions of it they are forcing the Germans et. al. to make the final move which would mean the Greeks can slip out of the IMF’s conditionality noose without refusing to pay the bastards. Sure hope they do slip out one way or another.
The Causes of the MH17 Crash are “Classified”. Ukraine, Netherlands, Australia, Belgium Signed a “Non-disclosure Agreement”
The plane in Ukraine swept swiftly from the brain.
Syriza is bobbing, weaving and trying to open new fronts but that isn’t a strategy, it’s perhaps a good tactic to keep ’em guessing until the last moment while working behind the media glare to build a solution.
One winning solution was In the old nursery rhyme where the smart pig builds his house out of bricks to stay safe from the wolf.
It’s still valid with a bitta tweaking. Now its the 4 PIGS [Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain] who should build their home’s using BRICS to keep them safe from the wolves of Wall St.