Greece – Varoufakis Rocks!

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Greeks celebrate their referendum win – soon to be quashed by the EU bank

To borrow a phrase from the American banksters, Greece is too big to fail.

The reluctant hero

Greece Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis would eschew the epithet ‘hero’ but hero he is. To begin with, any politician happy to take a press interview session wearing a Tee shirt is a hero in my books. He has the muscular chest to carry it off, but you have to admire the way he has shaken up dress etiquette, and, frivolity aside, neo-liberal economic orthodoxy.

In a glorious acclamation of democracy the Greek people overwhelmingly voted against the blackmail and extortion of the Troika of money lenders, the banks that give you money to return to them five times over, money supposedly for distribution amongst the people.

The EU tried to present the Referendum as a vote for or against the EU, but the Greek population was not fooled. The fear factor, so successfully used to cow the Scottish nation, did not do its dirty work on the cradle of democracy.

It is also a victory against Greece’s privately owned newspapers and televisions stations which were vastly at odds with the mood of the people, and the reality of EC aggression.

Greeks won with over 60% of the electorate, the sort of unequivocal vote Scotland needs to achieve for its next Referendum if the velvet revolution is not to be challenged as divisive.

The Troika, the European Commission, (EU) the European Central Bank, (EBC) and the International Monetary Fund, (IMF) must loathe Varoufakis for showing them up for what they are, a bunch of unelected loan sharks, a den of thieves, and indeed in Varoufakis’ resignation statement he makes reference to that contempt. To give the IMF some doubt, it had expressed reservations about bleeding the Greek economy any more. It admits  imposed austerity has made Greece poorer, not strengthened its economy. What more can you get from broken stone ground to powder?

Putting things in perspective

Greece’s debt is a tiny fraction of the many trillions stolen from the masses to save the necks of the banksters, and to keep their bonuses intact. They want us to pay twice. For the privilege of getting robbed we must accept austerity the meaning of which is destruction of our democratic institutions we have taken for granted for decades, such as free medical care and welfare. (That is exactly what England did over the Darien Scheme. It paid off half the debt in cash, repaid over ten years with interest, and then raised Scottish taxes to pay for the loan a second time.)

Sad to say, at the very point the battle is won Yanis Varoufakis resigns.

His colleague, Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, who has been just as exculpatory of the Troika as Varoufakis, accepts his decision as the best way forward. Yanis Varoufakis is a politician of exemplary ethics and dedication; he realised the next set of negotiations with the EU require a fresh face to present new more acceptable conditions to the money men if the money lenders are not to clam up during talks. Once humiliated, one tends not to be too keen to talk politely to your adversary or give him a gift in friendship.

Controversial as renegade

Newspapers got into the habit of giving Varoufakis the prefix ‘controversial’, the epithet they usually award to anyone questioning the status quo. It is, after all, the job of state newspapers to place doubt in the population’s mind as to the efficacy of individuals advocating democratically radical solutions that are in opposition to conventional wisdom. Gratuitously a BBC reporter describes Varoufakis as ‘mercurial’, meaning unable to concentrate on a single issue for any length of time. And another described Varoufakis as “flamboyant” perhaps to have us imagine he rides a motorbike naked.

Though fundamentally things have not changed, we have the Internet to disseminate stories and news without the interference of the controllers of consent. (So far Twitter deals only in terse opinion.) It worked wonders for Greece. It helps redress the balance of self-censorship that our ostensibly ‘free’ newspapers place on themselves to protect their owners and the dominant elite groups, and to tell us what is ‘news’ and what is not. What we have to guard against is the level of news output getting narrower because newspapers are closing down.

The state owns the media

Greek television companies were no supporters of their referendum. The issues were presented as doom and gloom if the government convinced enough to vote OXI – no! Some broadcasters are being taken to court for misleading the electorate. (See letter below.) Our own BBC was no better during Scotland’s plebiscite.

An irony of UK broadcasting is the BBC is publically funded but not publically owned or accountable, and in Scotland’s case incapable of representing the viewers it was established to serve.

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Yanis Varoufakis is leaving the building

Social media rules – okay?

To a useful degree, but not entirely, the press is no longer in charge of news. It has lost control of the main conduits through which stories reach us. That is a good thing. It certainly helped with the Greek people in their revolution though not with Egyptians because their government is essentially authoritarian.

In that regard we can have Varoufakis speak for himself. Here is his resignation statement:

The referendum of 5th July will stay in history as a unique moment when a small European nation rose up against debt-bondage.

Like all struggles for democratic rights, so too this historic rejection of the Eurogroup’s 25th June ultimatum comes with a large price tag attached. It is, therefore, essential that the great capital bestowed upon our government by the splendid NO vote be invested immediately into a YES to a proper resolution – to an agreement that involves debt restructuring, less austerity, redistribution in favour of the needy, and real reforms.

Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners’, for my… ‘absence’ from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement. For this reason I am leaving the Ministry of Finance today.

Here is Varoufakis’ resignation statement – as the honest are apt to say, judge me by my actions not my words. I consider it my duty to help Alexis Tsipras exploit, as he sees fit, the capital that the Greek people granted us through yesterday’s referendum.

And I shall wear the creditors’ loathing with pride.

We of the Left know how to act collectively with no care for the privileges of office. I shall support fully Prime Minister Tsipras, the new Minister of Finance, and our government. The superhuman effort to honour the brave people of Greece, and the famous OXI (NO) that they granted to democrats the world over, is just beginning.”

I’ll be back

I have a feeling we have not heard the last from Varoufakis. Tsipras will still need his wise counsel. The power elite are not happy to be cheated of their ill-gotten gains. They will increase the intimidation, not withdraw. Their reply might well be savage for Greece’s audacity in daring to confront their conditions of austerity.

Nevertheless, Varoufakis’ immediate legacy is to prove the Troika vulnerable, open to challenge, and one day electable to change for the common good. It only takes enough people and enough nations to do it. Varoufakis talked in direct speech without jargon or obfuscation. He was sincere and honest. He talked about the human cost debt causes, and how creditors pocket almost all of the profit. He showed how basic economics are strangled by ideological greed. He spoke to bureaucrats and us as equals.

Yanis Varoufakis rocks.

I wish the Greek people every success in obtaining debt cancellation and debt relief.

 

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64 Responses to Greece – Varoufakis Rocks!

  1. donald says:

    I know Graham , its a big ask . But it takes a big dream to make a big change. Or it takes enough people waking up to the current nightmare to ask the right questions. Since the answer is invariably in the question people need to be seeded with truth, empowered with knowledge and supported with love.
    Here’s the tricky part . Those righteous truths have been hijacked by Religious leaders to end run the best in us , and twist it to their own ends .
    The people are the government , not the elected . But if the people are twisted by shame ,guilt and fear they loose the courage to speak . That is why the churches set up networks of abuse , to rape the minds of the innocent and corrupt them before they grow in to responsible adults who can express honor ,decency and love.

    Look at the scandalous pedo rings being exposed in the BBC and the political establishment. There is your answer to our freedom. Victims are finally speaking up. They are casting off the chains of shame and exposing the roots of our enslavement.
    We need to support these people with everything we have . Ordinarily , no one ,and I speak from considerable personal experience here ,no one dared to question these bastards . They own and control every local business network , the banks ,the churches. You name it ,the cartel rules it through fear and intimidation.

    But they are a tiny minority . And they are shit scared of their minions turning on them.
    People need to understand the simple tools that the cartel uses to Rob them blind . Fear is the main one .

    The contract this mafia organization has on all of us is written down . Contract means to diminish ,shrink ,confine and control. That’s what they do. Mortgage is Latin for death grip ! Says it all right there. Examine the contracts and you find they are illegal , de facto not de jure . Walter Scott points all this stuff out in Waverley.

    The cops enforce these contracts because they are no longer serving and protecting , they are harassing and intimidating. As does the govt that they serve . The govt , in debt to the banks ,does their bidding at knife point . Blackmail holds the academics in line. They are the ministry of lies. But they encode the truth to keep it safe. Shakespeare is a gold mine of enciphered truth as is the work of most writers and poets of any worth.

    The elite are abusers of everyone and everything including their own flesh and blood. They think nothing of sexually abusing their own children to drive their agenda . They are extreme in breeding, bastard siring pedophiles and their agenda is driven by shame. Remove the shame and they loose control of their human assets. Its actually that simple really.
    Its happening Graham . My wife lost her family completely when she stood up and exposed their Nazi ties and lies . She lost everything but she is fine with it because she has real love in her life to make up for it .

    Love is what is missing in so many people’s lives because the churches and the cartel work over time to destroy families ,destroy love . They replace it with sick twisted expressions of sexual deviancy and try to pitch it as the new normal . Cross dressing pedophiles raising my kids ? No thanks.

    Let a man be a man and a woman be a woman. Equals in love and opportunity . The church be damned. Religion steals spirituality, not encourages it.

    P.S. Boycott the BBC . Don’t pay their fucking license fee or better still throw that idiot propaganda box out the bloody window. I did and I never looked back. Just imagine the panic in the halls of MI5 when the license fees dry up ? Oh happy day.
    Fcuk MI5 and 6 and the whole shitty arse crawling intelligence community. You spineless cowardly bunch of pimp miesters.

  2. Believe me Donald, TV was removed from my household many years ago and the last time I had anything to do with religion was when I left Primary school. I still cringe at the thought of having to have sung at morning assembly.

    Funnily enough, I adopted a more spiritual outlook on life around the same time as I rid myself of TV. As a teacher, I have tried hard to encourage my students to question what they hear and formulate their own opinion(s) based on their own research. Thankfully, the younger generation here in Greece are more rebellious in that manner and politically aware of what is happening, both globally and domestically, but there still lies a certain degree of apathy, which stems from disappointment and disbelief. It is challenging trying to make them see that things aren’t always the way they are presented to us, especially when their parents, and society in general, are steadfast to different beliefs.

  3. donald says:

    Nature is my church , but it does not demand my worship , it inspires my respect and love. Big difference . This is why the elite farm people in cities away from natural law and nature . Cage any animal and it will slowly loose its mind . Same with people. We are part of nature . The air ,the soil ,the tree’s and running river. We need that connection to stay sane . That connection to me is spiritual . Life is spirit . But even then ,you have new age guru’s and incense burning caricatures who turn it in to wishy washy nonsense , you know ?
    You dont see wild animals carrying on like that . We have a pet cat , we keep chickens free range too. They all respond to the love you demonstrate . Wild birds will communicate with you when they know you respect them . They will , for playful laughs buzz my head as I walk through the garden and watch me while I prune the fruit trees .
    They tease our cat too . Its wonderful to see nature as it wants to be with you if you spend enough time with her.

    Teaching is a profound thing . We are all teachers in our own way . We all have a responsibility to pass on knowledge ,cultivate free thinking, engage and stimulate young minds , not brutalize them. I am doing a science project with my daughter this weekend .
    I try to pass on as much wisdom and practical learning as I can .
    Have a lovely weekend Graham , I gotta open the workshop and take care of a customer.
    Cheers.

  4. The Greek opposition parties and media are truly trying their damndest to tarnish the name and integrity of Varoufakis, whilst, sadly, some within his own party are trying to use him as a scapegoat for their own downfalls and lack of vision and commitment to a viable and practical alternative. Charges have been brought against Varoufakis for treason, by those, who, incidentally, are responsible for the calamity Greece has been duped into. They are implementing a very simple but effective method to further divide the opinion of a people who are feeling furious, disoriented, discombobulated, overwrought and extremely downtrodden.

    See: http://yanisvaroufakis.eu/
    http://www.omfif.org/media/1122791/omfif-telephone-conversation-between-yanis-varoufakis-norman-lamont-and-david-marsh-16-july-2015.pdf

    Things are going to get much worse before they get better; the question is, to what lengths are those with so much to lose willing to go to and just how bad will things actually get?

  5. Grouse Beater says:

    The keepers of the planets wealth will go to any length to protect their ill-gotten gains. Varoufakis was a dead man the minute he denounced the Troika.

    Nations have got to rise up and smite the money cartels.

  6. donald says:

    Gut wrenching isnt it ? I am not surprised Graham . I dont understand all the ins and outs of it but if he was trying to create a parallel currency to give the Greek people a chance to recover then surely that’s an honorable thing .
    The cartels hate competition. They have a monopoly on the one thing that should be as diversified as possible .
    I notice the Greeks are turning increasingly to barter to get by . Good move , sensible move . Varoufakis did something no one in recent memory has dared to since JFK. He stood up to the Banks and called them on their enslaving racket.
    Now they are out to destroy him. The people must be made to see who is behind this, they must wake up .
    Apathy is the killer of freedom . In Australia the level of apathy and ignorance is astonishing . They carry more personal debt per capita than anyone . Its going to come home to roost and bite them really badly .

    If its Treason to address corruption and try to save your people then we really are in trouble .

  7. Grouse Beater says:

    Thanks, Graham. Been following it … got diverted ten minutes ago by large fireball north of Edinburgh…

  8. donald says:

    Have not read the whole thing yet but the opening paragraph is a good summation of the real issues . The German govt has become the tyrant rentier . The same cynical rentier it deplored in Jewish money lenders prior to WW2. But Usury is not a Jewish invention . Show me any business/govt mafia that does not use it to enforce its rule of terror . Aipac does have a lot to answer for though ,even if it does not truly represent the authentic semitic jewish people . Character assassination by assumed identity. This is where you must use caution in identifying yourself to avoid being labeled and tarred with the wrong brush.
    For that reason I reject all labels . I identify myself very simply as a free Man. I reserve the rights of a free man , I declare at every opportunity the value, sanctity and primacy of Freedom . If you are not free ,you are a slave, dependent on the ‘scraps from Longshank’s Table’ .

    Banks lend in the hope of default so they can apply blackmail .
    Its so easy to corrupt politicians and you only need to nail that tiny percentage of the people to enslave the rest . When the voting system fails to redress the corruption,trust is lost, the underpinnings of that govt crumble and the people do what they have always done. Pull together to survive.

    Its to late to ask the Greek people to pay their taxes when they know damn well that the money will be squandered ,siphoned and used against them . That’s the definition of Rentier governance.
    Fiat money by definition is a con . Always has been. The only collateral fiat money lenders have is in fact YOU ,the people and your willing subservience . Reject the subservience and their control evaporates. That’s Freedom. The courage to say “Enough”.

  9. Grouse Beater says:

    Can’t see full-blooded riots, street protests, maybe, but am keeping tabs on developments. Biggest rumour: Varoufakis might form alternative party and contest election.

  10. Grouse Beater says:

    Got it in my diary already. Not to be missed!.

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