So this is how the narrative is going, is it?

‘This is our political alternative to neoliberalism and to the neoliberal process of European integration: democracy, more democracy and even deeper democracy,” said Alexis Tsipras on 18 January 2014 in a debate organised by the Dutch Socialist party in Amersfoort. Now the moment of deepest democracy looms, as the Greek people go to the polls on Sunday to vote for or against the next round of austerity.

Unfortunately, Sunday’s choice will be between endless austerity and immediate chaos. As comfortable as it is to argue from the sidelines that maybe Grexit in the medium term won’t hurt as much as 30 years’ drag on GDP from swingeing repayments, no sane person wants either. The vision that Syriza swept to power on was that if you spoke truth to the troika plainly and in broad daylight, they would have to acknowledge that austerity was suffocating Greece.

They have acknowledged no such thing. Whatever else one could say about the handling of the crisis, and whatever becomes of the euro, Sunday will be the moment that unstoppable democracy meets immovable supra-democracy. The Eurogroup has already won: the Greek people can vote any way they like – but what they want, they cannot have.

That everyone else won’t give the Greeks open access to everyone elses’ wallets is a denial of democracy, is it?

Sigh.

16 thoughts on “So this is how the narrative is going, is it?”

  1. I’m taking bets on how long it is before lefties stop repeating the word “neoliberal” like demented parrots and find an alternative word to repeat like demented parrots.

  2. It’s a denial of democracy, because the Greek demos voted themselves the contents of everyone else’s wallets.

  3. Pure political posturing from Tsipras.

    The referendum is scheduled for next Sunday. Greece goes bust at midnight tomorrow. The ‘agreement’ that they are being asked to vote on was only translated into Greek on Saturday FFS!

  4. Well, access to everyone else’s wallet would certainly represet significant κράτος for the Greek δῆμος…

  5. Oh, yes, the Euro, that great Freedmanite project that was heartily opposed by all the Mitterands and other assorted continental Socialists.

    In other news, Oceanea has always been at war with East Asia.

  6. Ralph Musgrave,

    “I’m taking bets on how long it is before lefties stop repeating the word “neoliberal” like demented parrots and find an alternative word to repeat like demented parrots.”

    To be fair, Tsipras uses the word correctly and good on him. He’s the alternative to neoliberalism? And Greece is broke. Not many queues at ATMs in neoliberal countries right now, are there?

  7. “Neoliberal” is the new “neoconservative”. I actually am a neoconservative, but I still resent being called one by people who have no fucking idea what it means.

    Although, all too often, it means “fucking Jew”.

  8. Although, all too often, it means “fucking Jew”. Surely “fucking ex-Trotskyist pro-W Jew”? At least they claim to be ex-Trotkyist, but given the harm they’ve done ……

  9. I’m thinking about becoming a neoconfederate, just to piss people off.

    “Greek citizens can decide whether to accept or reject the terms of a bailout deal proposed by the country’s creditors.” – NYTimes

    So on the ballot will be:

    – Do you want to reject the bailout terms and end all your government handouts (because we have no money left)?

    – or –

    – Do you want to accept the bailout terms and end all your government handouts (because we have no money left)?

    – or –

    – Do you want to go to go to Mikonos next weekend?

  10. Squander Two

    Listen you geeky nerd, it’s not our fault you were beat up at school. Now go away and co-write that film script with your analyst.

  11. S2,

    ““Neoliberal” is the new “neoconservative”. I actually am a neoconservative, but I still resent being called one by people who have no fucking idea what it means.”

    I thought Neocons were more hawkish left-wingers – people who want big government, but are pretty OK with kicking the stuffing out of foreigners (where greenie/Graun readers like big government but thing ISIS will respond to a peace circle).

  12. Neocons are people who have moved from the Left to the Right but retain the Left’s ideal of ideological intervention and reject realpolitik. The word is generally used by lefties to mean “any right-winger who supports any war ever apart from the ones we support” and usually “and who is furthermore part of a sinister cabal plotting to impose an American imperium on the whole universe”.

  13. Stig,

    I love P J O’Rourke’s line:

    “I have often been called a Nazi, and, although it is unfair, I don’t let it bother me. I don’t let it bother me for one simple reason. No one has ever had a fantasy about being tied to a bed and sexually ravished by someone dressed as a liberal.”

  14. So Much for Subtlety

    Ironman – “Listen you geeky nerd, it’s not our fault you were beat up at school. Now go away and co-write that film script with your analyst.”

    Well maybe it was our fault. Who knows? The creator of Mad Men had an interesting interview recently where he said that his motivation stemmed from resentment of the cool non-Jewish kids in High School. Who would have guessed? So perhaps if S2 takes your advice, he will end up producing a classic.

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