Syriza

SYRIZA

Syriza will you allow the wolves
to continue stalking the palisades?
they are hungry for more Athens blood
Syriza, will you stop them?
the wolves of Europe will not rest
the bear to the east extends its paw
Spain and Italy look on with hope
like dominoes they yearn to fall
Syriza watch your back tonight
a drachma in your pocket, for luck
the austerity plan to starve the land
keeps one foot in the grave

—William Skink


  1. Mike

    Greece is broke, it doesn’t matter which charlatan happens to rule the roost. Progs ignore economics, pretty funny actually.

    • lizard19

      and do you think cons do any better? Bush’s tax cuts for the rich and a war of choice on the national credit card ballooned our national debt. maybe instead of fly-by-night comments you should pull your head out of your ass.

      • troutsky

        Those who were “educated” through Reaganomics believe global and national macro economics are the same as their household budgeting. Try to explain the complexity and they just glaze over and refer to welfare Queens.

    • steve kelly

      But Mike, what about the Pottery Barn rule? “You break it, you own it.” – Powell and Armitage

  2. Greece’s mistake was to adopt the euro, so that it was left without defense when mere devaluation would have saved them. It just goes to show that economics is war and conquest by other means.

    • JC

      One could argue that Greece’s modern problems occurred 20 years prior to adopting the Euro in 2001 when it joined the European Union in 1981.

      If people began to look at the European “Union” in the same derogatory way they looked at the Soviet “Union”, they may get a sense of the oppression that joining the EU imposed upon Greeks. It was the first step in the loss of sovereignty that allowed the devastation the Euro would impose on the lesser countries of Europe.

      Adopting the Euro was just being tied to the whipping post, and getting ready for the neoliberal austerity whip.

      • Strong point. I thought at one point the euro would counterbalance, maybe even challenge the petrodollar, but its effect has been entirely outside my narrow outlook. It did indeed tie Greece to a whipping post, and if true to form, the Syriza will have a boatload of quislings on board, and assassinations and intrigue will plague them if they are in it for the honest fight.

        EU, as seen in Ukraine, is damn near a CIA front. These folks don’t fight fair and usually have both sides of any dispute occupied with their own people. But I hope for the best for the Greeks. They might indeed break free.

      • Mike

        JC, Greece is broke, their policies will ensure that they stay broke, at some point the dumbasses like Germany will quit paying for it and that won’t end well for the Greeks

        At some point every government runs out of other peoples money, wringing your hands won’t change that.

        • JC

          You don’t have a clue what is going on in Greece and the EU, do you?

          Not end well for Greece? What, you think Germany is going to revert to its fascist ways and invade Greece again like it did in WWII?

          And as to your comment about government running out of other people’s money, sounds like you’re an anarchist. You sure don’t believe in “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

  3. steve kelly

    Remember the 1969 movie “Z,” a fiction film about the assassination of a “too-left” Greek politician based on the real assassination of a real Greek politician, Grigoris Lambrakis in 1963? As I recall, a long period of rule by military dictatorship followed the 1967 coup d’etat.

    But 1963 was the year of the coup. U.S., Honduras, South Vietnam, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Togo, Syria, Iraq, and a failed military coup attempt in Turkey.

    • petetalbot

      “Z” is a great movie, to this day. But did Greece make a mistake joining the EU? When so many other countries are making trade agreements all over the place – NAFTA, AFTA, G-3, etc. – maybe the Greeks didn’t want to be left out. Most of the Northern Mediterranean Countries joined, for better or worse: Italy, France, Spain. Would Greece be better off by not joining the EU?

      • steve kelly

        But I thought the whole idea of the EU was to “dissolve” individual and national soverignty.

        “It is the system of nationalist individualism that has to go….We are living in the end of the sovereign states….In the great struggle to evoke a Westernized World Socialism, contemporary governments may vanish….Countless people…will hate the new world order….and will die protesting against it.” – H.G. Wells, in his book, “The New World Order”, 1940

      • lizard19

        the more pertinent question: should Greek remain in the EU? the link (title of the poem) is a MoA post, and the comment thread is a great read. I suggest reading it if you’re interested in how to actually resist the neoliberal class war being waged across the globe. Syriza reached out to the center-right parties for the coalition. it’s an interesting move.

      • JC

        I think we’ll be learning a whole lot about whether or not Greece would have been better with or without the EU and/or Euro in the next year or two.

        The EU isn’t a trade pact like NAFTA/GAFTA and the like. While it is an economy union, it also is a political union. And as we are discovering, it also is a security union with NATO as its military.

        With the troika running the economic side of things, Brussels the political, and the U.S. the security (we basically own NATO), all nations involved in the EU have traded sovereignty for the perceived good of the EU.

        But now that the EU and all its parts are being wielded as a weapon against Russia in a new cold war, does it really benefit a country like Greece, who could enter into its own positive relationship with Russia?

        We live in interesting times…

      • Mike

        Greece is a failed state, bro, the only reason they survive is welfare from the EU.

        Greece is a pimple on the butt of the overall EU economy and they are starting to realize the leech effect of the Greeks won’t end well for the rest of that bunch.

        • JC

          You call loans that dictate loss of sovereignty and austerity “welfare”? You’re delusional.

          And that pimple on the butt will lead europe out of the morass of a failed union called the “EU” if they’re lucky.

          You really live in backwards world, don’t you?

  4. steve kelly

    soverignty = sovereignty for all you spelling/typo freaks out there…..

  5. To bad Scott Walker is running for POTUS.

    Greece could really use him.

    • I’d go for sending him there. What’s another fascist in the European mix?

      • Mike

        JC, Greece is broke, their policies will ensure that they stay broke, at some point the dumbasses like Germany will quit paying for it and that won’t end well for the Greeks

        At some point every government runs out of other peoples money, wringing your hands won’t change that.

        • JC

          Cutting and pasting your comments in multiple places, eh? Par for the course for drunk commenters.

  6. Adds new meaning to “Going Greece”.

    From Josh Zumbrun at the Wall Street Journal:

    The U.S. has come a long way since the days of trillion-dollar deficits, just a few years ago. The White House projects 2016 will have the smallest budget deficit in eight years. Yet the budgetary impact of the debt that’s been accumulated–$18 trillion in total, $13 trillion of that owed to the public–will reassert itself.

    Currently, the government’s interest costs are around $200 billion a year, a sum that’s low due to the era of low interest rates. Forecasters at the White House and Congressional Budget Office believe interest rates will gradually rise, and when that happens, the interest costs of the U.S. government are set to soar, from just over $200 billion to nearly $800 billion a year by decade’s end.

    By 2021, the government will be spending more on interest than on all national defense, according to White House forecasts.

    • As it was military spending that brought us to this position, and as military spending feeds on itself and creates its own need, I suggest that we are sorta f*****, the only perceived way out of or hole more war.

      No doubt you disagree, thinking food stamps the problem.

      • I long for the day when we war for food.

        The sooner this Titanic rests on the sea floor the better.

  7. Matthew Koehler

    http://bit.ly/1K2EXmB

    Syriza-led Greek parliament “will never ratify” Obama and Wall Street’s U.S.-EU TAFTA/TTIP ‘free trade’ pact.

    Snip: Katrougkalos raised serious concerns about the Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism, or ISDS, contained in the pact.

    The mechanism is designed to protect companies’ foreign investments against harmful or illegal rulings in the countries where they operate. It gives them the chance to take legal action against a state whose legislation negatively impacts their economic activity.

    Katrougkalos underlined the uncertainty surrounding the ISDS negotiations, saying the European Commission’s precise mandate was unclear.

    “An undemocratic practice of lack of transparency has prevailed from the very beginning of the negotiations,” he claimed.

    More info on ISDS system: http://www.citizen.org/investorcases




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