Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Give the Dippers a Break. Syriza Didn't Create the Problem.
A certain prominent Liberal mouthpiece has been going after the New Democrats for supporting the Syriza government in Greece. Unfortunately this fellow conflates the government of Alexis Tsipras, who only came to power at the end of January this year, with the centre-right governments of the past who bequeathed a fiscal nightmare to the Greek people.
This self-proclaimed "progressive" knows all about what's going on. He's read a couple of newspaper articles after all, one of them from the Star. I expect he hasn't wasted too much time dwelling on what Joe Stiglitz or Paul Krugman have been saying - for months - or Thomas Piketty for that matter. No, it seems he likes his reality German-style or from a rightwing Russian ex-pat who has been busy grinding his axe at Forbes, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal.
Of course what progressive would object to a one-sided, crushingly punitive deal that even the IMF knows would saddle the Greek people with a debtload they could never pay off? Why would you demand something you know the other side could never deliver? Could it be that recovering on the debt owed is not the driving consideration? Why, imagine that? Could it be that you don't want the others - Spain, Portugal, perhaps Italy, getting any fancy ideas? Could it be that you're afraid that Podemos might win the Spanish election that will be called later this year? Is kicking Greece to a pulp an object lesson, as Voltaire put it, pour encourager les autres?
Perhaps the only way the European Union can stay together is by subjugation of the weakest. That's certainly one context in which irrational demands begin to make sense and it reeks of desperation.
If that's okay with what passes for Liberals these days then it's time for me to write them off for good. If I've gone Left it's only because they've gone so far Right. Via con diablos my old friends.