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Why You Should Give a Damn About Greece and Syriza

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Syriza

Who? This is Alexis Tsipras, the 40 year-old 186th Prime Minister of Greece since 26 January 2015, and the Leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left also known as Syriza since 2009.

Radical left?! Now, right away when many robotized and media lobotomized Americans hear not only “left” but “radical left” they react predictably patellar, in a hardwired obeisance and hypnotic reflex. The ardent right holds their noses, the professional left claps and bleats like a barking seal. Both seizing upon a morsel of data. A word, a code, a meme. And having not the faintest or foggiest idea why. It’s the script, the playbook. The directional messaging has always been the source of confounded interpretations. American global news referencing is nonexistent. And while I neither endorse nor declaim Syriza, I’m fascinated by what this means for the EU and austerity, in particular.

Well I never been to Spain but I kinda like the music. Gracias, Señor Axton. The anti-austerity movement fortified by Syriza is now seen in Spain’s Podemos (“We can”) movement. Somewhat reminiscent of Sí, se puede, used by that leftie rabble-rouser Cesar Chavez and his equally leftist, crypto-Commie UFW. Oh, yeah, and Barack Obama too. Ahem. Podemos, led by a ponytailed Pablo Iglesias, 36, the movement to reverse austerity and tackle corruption has struck a decisive chord.

Less than a week after Greece elected an aggressively anti-austerity government, the leaders of Spain’s own insurgent force, Podemos (We Can), urged supporters to take to the streets in a show of strength as it embarks on a tumultuous electoral campaign. “Tick tock, tick tock,” chanted thousands as they occupied the broad avenues of central Madrid, counting down to a year packed with municipal, regional and general elections. Just a year since its creation, Podemos has vaulted to the top of opinion polls, threatening to bring an end to the bipartisan political system that has governed Spain since the death of General Francisco Franco in 1975. [Source]

Pablo Iglesias of Podemos

Are you paying attention? No, what this means is something much deeper. A full frontal attack against globalist banksterism and asset-stripping financial terrorism. And that still won’t get folks’ attention. And mention austerity and you’ll get that blank and vapid and comatose look. Austerity is defined quaintly as “official actions taken by the government, during a period of adverse economic conditions, to reduce its budget deficit using a combination of spending cuts or tax rises.” Greek and Spanish austerity opponents would beg to differ and refer you instead to persistent unemployment, evictions and growing inequality and the contamination of systemic corruption. Pay attention. This is happening worldwide. And while we end to think of ourselves as being inoculated from worldwide calamity, we’re anything but. When Europe sneezes, we catch cold, as someone said.

Complexity is painful. Europe and the world and the EU in particular are beta tests for a new world configuration. Let me try to be clear(er). My friend, Webser Tarpley, makes this point and I want you to imagine anything like it being made or published in our MSM. Especially his reference to the “Troika of International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank/Bundesbank, and the Juncker-Moscovici European Commission.” And imagine the reference being sandwiched between the latest viral video of a duck playing the piano and Bruce Jenner’s sex change operation. Oh, I almost forgot, and The Stupid Bowl. And remember, anything with foreign names proves soporific. Unless, of course, it’s the latest man-made and manufactured terrorist group. And while we’re at it, RT has been exemplary in its coverage of the Greek elections. Truly superb. Now, as for Mr. Tarpley … .

The ability of Alexis Tsipras and Syriza to win an election and form a government within hours has stunned the Berlin neo-Brüning austerity clique dominated by the vindictive German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, Merkel’s grey eminence.

Tsipras has wisely formed a principled coalition with the conservative anti-austerity Independent Greeks of Panos Kammenos, who is now Defense Minister, showing that he is not a prisoner of the absurd left-right schema, and does not intend to let ethnocultural wedge issues block the immediate measures for economic recovery without which no problems can be solved. According to Athens political observer Michael Chiotinis, Tsipras would now be well advised to back another conservative, Kostas Karamanlis, for President of Greece — as another step towards a de facto national unity government to strengthen the hand of Athens in the coming clashes with the infamous Troika of International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank/Bundesbank, and the Juncker-Moscovici European Commission. [Source]

“If it’s not about American Sniper or Bruce Jenner or DeflateGate, I’m not interested.” I fully expect the following to be absolutely and completely missed in toto by the usual suspects but I love a challenge. What is so significant about Greece and Syriza is the following.

  • The movement involves a mass-traction economic policy. Not the vague platitudes and incoherent policy prattle of the hashtag activist dupes and dolts.
  • It’s seen as pro-worker, pro-labor and pro-infrastructure. Wow, how’s that for subversive?
  • It destroys completely the myth of the left-right paradigm and for that reason alone, sadly, will remain most cryptic and beyond the reach of many.
  • It doesn’t waste time with silly arguments about the pseudoscientific fraud of anthropogenic global warming and climate change which do more to harm the worker than anything can imagine.
  • It is not as one commentator suggested, the OWS of Greece. It’s anything but that. In fact, it’s the opposite. Antipodal.
  • It’s New Deal in spades. (When was the last time you heard that term used remotely favorably?)
  • It’s fundamentally anti-Malthusian.
  • It builds upon the notion of principled alliances.
  • It provides a firm focus on power, which (again), runs counter to the incoherent and synthetic argument of the hipster anarchist.
  • And you have two global charismatic leaders, 40 and 36 years old, respectively. While we keep rehashing and recirculating the same sorry, sallow faces.

This is know joke. Greece and Spain and anti-austerity measures and the like are not parlor talk for the Europhile or practitioner of global obscurantism. This is not to be dismissed as a rehash of the new world order argument. And, incidentally, why NWO mention inspires the eye-roll is beyond me. No, this is about a world depression resulting in large art from reckless deregulated and globalized financial speculation, especially the $1.5 quadrillion! world derivatives bubble. Greece and Spain are models, templates and indicia of a worldwide condition that you must be conversant with.

After, of course, you tackle Bruce Jenner’s transsexualism and download that “hilarious” viral video of that duck playing the piano.

LIONEL PODCAST: The SOTU Illusion and Magic Show Defined

SOTU reactions: Are you a bleeding heart liberal or wingnut conservative? Yep, that about describes it. Social media provided the real time Rorschach and ‘tween the snarky memes of #breadbags and #yeswetan and either the fawning paeans from the decidedly partisan Obama minions to the hardcore rejection of anything save a hardcore reaction to anything POTUS uttered even if, as I suspect, they were the exact quotes of Bush 43, it was a perfect example of what American political discourse is all about. Mets versus Yankees. No rhyme, reason or facts.

Too parochial for my tastes. Left-Right. Right-Wrong. The meme. The simplified reduction of the complex into two pockets. Simple. Base. Crony politics. The limited worldview and prism. Heel versus Baby Face. The horrid dreck and blather of the pathetically simplistic marginalizing of the complex. But it makes folks feel superior. It makes folks feel like their in the game because they’ve committed the message to a few words and familiar phrases.

And it’s now critical that you recall the words of Professor Carroll Quigley from his book, “Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time.” Keep in mind the role the good professor had in Bill Clinton’s development and political ideology. And also note his considerable work anent secret societies and the like. He pulls back the curtain, reveals the Potemkin village and movie set and shows the world the fallacy of political freneticism. It’s all a work.

“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers,” Dr. Quigley wrote. “Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.”
Today’s installment. This podcast explores the gradations, the differentials, the parsing of popular ideology. And how they define silly personality and culturally-based target labels that miss by a mile anything approximating reality. Any questions?

 

LIONEL PODCAST: Progressives Will Always Lose Until They Learn How to Repeat Vague and Meaningless Slogans Like the Republicans

What the hell is a progressive anyway? For the life of me I have no idea and neither do you. It’s a vague, ossified, spineless, impuissant and squishy label that was seized after any vitality in “liberal” was dessicated and sucked bone dry. If these mealy-mouthed losers ever want to get ahead they must learn from their right wing brethren and seize coherent and palpable imagery and semiotics and forge ahead. And who cares if no one but no one has an earthly clue as to what they seek to connote, convey or connect. This is politics, Sparky. And politics by nature means lying. And it’s better to lie with a misleading symbol and image than without one.

LIONEL PODCAST: The Tutorial You’ve Been Waiting For

Let me try and explain this one more time. What matters to me, no one speaks of. The issues that I believe are critical to this society and country and world, no one — and I mean no one — so much as utters a peep about them. Politics has as much to do with reality as cricket does to baseball. There are similarities and concomitant traits and themes, but they have nothing to do with each other. Politics is personal, it’s genetic, it’s family-based and traditional. It’s a theme, a mood, a fashion statement. It’s devoid of issue analysis and critical thinking. It’s about left and right. And I officially have become a broken record. Listen herein and let me explain. You’re welcome.

LIONEL AUDIO: Pretentious Haircuts, Glenn Speck, Birth Certificates, Jimmy Failin’ & Islamo-Fascist Memes

For your audio edification, I provide herein the follow areas covered in this disquisition.

  • The pretentious New York haircut.
  • The amazing Glenn Speck and how he infuriates the pathetic left who are unable to get anywhere near his popularity and couldn’t summon 300 people at a rally much less 300,000.
  • The never-ending issue of POTUS’s birth certificate: If he has one, why not produce it?
  • The Emmy Awards and the incredibly unfunny Jimmy Fallon who’s to comedy what Elena Verdugo is to string theory.
  • The continued meme of the dreaded Muslim Islamo whatever.