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The Heresy of the Greeks Offers Hope

The Heresy of the Greeks Offers Hope

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As Britain’s political class pretends that its arranged marriage of
Tweedledee to Tweedledum is democracy, the inspiration for the rest of us is Greece. It is hardly surprising that Greece
is presented not as a beacon but as a “junk country” getting its comeuppance for its “bloated public sector” and “culture
of cutting corners” (the Observer). The heresy of Greece is that the uprising of its ordinary people provides an authentic
hope unlike that lavished upon the warlord in the White House.
As Britain’s political class pretends that its arranged marriage of
Tweedledee to Tweedledum is democracy, the inspiration for the rest of us is Greece. It is hardly surprising that Greece
is presented not as a beacon but as a “junk country” getting its comeuppance for its “bloated public sector” and “culture
of cutting corners” (the Observer). The heresy of Greece is that the uprising of its ordinary people provides an authentic
hope unlike that lavished upon the warlord in the White House.

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By John PilgerMay 19, 2010 "Information Clearing House"
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Britain’s political class pretends that its arranged marriage of Tweedledee to Tweedledum is democracy, the inspiration for the rest of us is Greece. It is hardly surprising that Greeceis presented not as a beacon but as a “junk country” getting its comeuppance for its “bloated public sector” and “cultureof cutting corners” (the Observer). The heresy of Greece is that the uprising of its ordinary people provides an authentichope unlike that lavished upon the warlord in the White House.The crisis that has led to the “rescue” of Greece by the European banks and the International Monetary Fund is theproduct of a grotesque financial system which itself is in crisis. Greece is a microcosm of a modern class war that israrely reported as such and is waged with all the urgency of panic among the imperial rich.What makes Greece different is that within its living memory is invasion, foreign occupation, betrayal by the West,military dictatorship and popular resistance. Ordinary people are not cowed by the corrupt corporatism that dominatesthe European Union. The right-wing government of Kostas Karamanlis, which preceded the present Pasok (Labour)government of George Papandreou, was described by the French sociologist Jean Ziegler as “a machine for systematicpillaging the country’s resources”.The machine had infamous friends. The US Federal reserve Board is investigating the role of Goldman Sachs and otherAmerican hedge fund operators which gambled on the bankruptcy of Greece as public assets were sold off and itstax-evading rich deposited 360 billion euros in Swiss banks. The largest Greek ship-owners transferred their companiesabroad. This haemorrhage of capital continues with the approval of the European central banks and governments.At 11 per cent, Greece’s deficit is no higher than America’s. However, when the Papandreou government tried toborrow on the international capital market, it was effectively blocked by the American corporate ratings agencies, which“downgraded” Greece to “junk”. These same agencies gave triple-A ratings to billions of dollars in so-called sub-primemortgage securities and so precipitated the economic collapse in 2008.What has happened in Greece is theft on an epic, though not unfamiliar scale. In Britain, the “rescue” of banks likeNorthern Rock and the Royal Bank of Scotland has cost billions of pounds. Thanks to the former prime minister, GordonBrown, and his passion for the avaricious instincts of the City of London, these gifts of public money wereunconditional, and the bankers have continued to pay each other the booty they call bonuses. Under Britain’s politicalmonoculture, they can do as they wish. In the United States, the situation is even more remarkable, reports investigative journalist David DeGraw, “[as the principal Wall Street banks] that destroyed the economy pay zero in taxes and get$33 billion in refunds”.In Greece, as in America and Britain, the ordinary people have been told they must repay the debts of the rich andpowerful who incurred the debts. Jobs, pensions and public services are to be slashed and burned, with privateers incharge. For the European Union and the IMF, the opportunity presents to “change the culture” and dismantle the socialwelfare of Greece, just as the IMF and the World Bank have “structurally adjusted” (impoverished and controlled)countries across the developing world.Greece is hated for the same reason Yugoslavia had to be physically destroyed behind a pretence of protecting thepeople of Kosovo. Most Greeks are employed by the state, and the young and the unions comprise a popular alliancethat has not been pacified; the colonels’ tanks on the campus of Athens University in 1967 remain a political spectre.Such resistance is anathema to Europe’s central bankers and regarded as an obstruction to German capital’s need tocapture markets in the aftermath of Germany’s troubled reunification.In Britain, such has been the 30-year propaganda of an extreme economic theory known first as monetarism then asneo-liberalism, that the new prime minister can, like his predecessor, describe his demands that ordinary people pay thedebts of crooks as “fiscally responsible”. The unmentionables are poverty and class. Almost a third of British childrenremain below the breadline. In working class Kentish Town in London, male life expectancy is 70. Two miles away, inHampstead, it is 80. When Russia was subjected to similar “shock therapy” in the 1990s, life expectancy nosedived. Arecord 40 million impoverished Americans are currently receiving food stamps: that is, they cannot afford to feedthemselves.In the developing world, a system of triage imposed by the World Bank and the IMF has long determined whetherpeople live or die. Whenever tariffs and food and fuel subsidies are eliminated by IMF diktat, small farmers know theyhave been declared expendable. The World Resources Institute estimates that the toll reaches 13-18 million child deathsevery year. “This,” wrote the economist Lester C. Thurow, “is neither metaphor nor simile of war, but war itself.”The same imperial forces have used horrific military weapons against stricken countries whose majorities are children,and approved torture as an instrument of foreign policy. It is a phenomenon of denial that none of these assaults onhumanity, in which Britain is actively engaged, was allowed to intrude on the British election.
 
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The people on the streets of Athens do not suffer this malaise. They are clear who the enemy is and they regardthemselves as once again under foreign occupation. And once again, they are rising up, with courage. When DavidCameron begins to cleave £6 billion from public services in Britain, he will be bargaining that Greece will not happen inBritain. We should prove him wrong.www.johnpilger.com
 
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· 9 weeks ago 
Their history is a living part of the struggle and the lies of the elite fail to penetrate this vibrant community , the lesson to betaken is know your history ,, " We our all Greek"
· 9 weeks ago 
Thanks to the people of Greece for showing the world what real courage looks like. May they succeed in bringing justice backto their country and be a beacon to the people of the world.
· 9 weeks ago 
ERIN GO BRAGH - 1Sean, Sean, things not going well in the UK under the Neocon-lapdog-led Empire-lite?To the rest of the world it looks quite like Algiers, where the freedom fighting party became the police state party before youcould say "proportional representation." Which you never got. Though your "parliamentary democracy" was looking pretty good.Until which the Yanks and your elite found ways to neuter it. At least judging by Margaret Thatcher's greatest success - TonyBlair and 'New Labour' - which was Thatcherism Mk II.Tell us that that was not a US-inspired 'Deep Politics' scam. By the same Iran-Contra / New World Order / Neocon crooks whogave us the invasions of mighty Grenada, Afghanistan 1, Panama, Iraq War 1, Afghanistan 2, Iraq War 2 and now Afghanistanagain. What is this Afghanistan obsession???Though Algeria's slide to police state happened rather faster there than your several hundred years.Unfortunately, there are many who will take a great deal of pleasure in the Empire-lite applying at home those techniques that ithas perfected over the centuries. Divide. Conquer. Death. Assassination. Torture. Murder. Genocide. Starvation. Death byclosing their eyes - the Irish famine and the enormous Bengal famine of 1943. Who knew?Are there any lessons from the Old Country and the Wearing of the Green?What is like to be colonized for eight hundred years? The UK will get a taste rather soon if your elite use the draconian methodsat home that they are now using on the Iraqis and on the Afghans. Not to mention previously Ireland, India, Ceylon,Afghanistan, Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi, Somalia, Trinidad, Afghanistan again, Malaya, Aden. On and on.How long until they use death squads, genocide and shoot-to-kill on the 'awkward squad' at home? - 'Into the terrifying world ofthe Pakistan's 'Disappeared,'' by Robert Fisk, March 18th, 2010, Independent -http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion /commentators...'If you don't know any history it's as if you were born yesterday. 'They' can tell you any lie and you won't know any better.' -Howard Zinn paraphrased.ST. PATRICK'S DAY SPECIAL REPORT - THE EXILEDSome history, for demonstration purposes only, we hope. A remarkably accurate portrait of the Ould Sod and we don't justmean Charles J. Haughey.CITY OF LONDON BOMBSContinued - under Reply
 
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+1ERIN GO BRAGH - 3THE GIFT THAT GIVES ON GIVING - URBAN GUERILLA WARFAREThe Irish finally gave the British Empire the boot in 1921, after a mere eight hundred years of rape, pillage, murder, torture andgenocide, inventing a new form of warfare to do it - urban guerilla warfare. Details below.Remember that when the UK imperial storm troopers are being blown to smithereens (yet again) with an IED, in their latestImperial Crusade, by yet another wily peasant on a donkey with a sly "Who, me?" look, saying the local equivalent of "Que?" toall your questions. Spare a thought for the wild colonial boys who invented the method. "Que?" - Manuel in Fawlty Towers - Tellus again how the Irish have risen above cultural imperialism. Not. ; ) -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-oH-TELcLEWhich is why Michael Collins's name is revered. -- Ireland's answer to Biggles? Or the reason we are now free to screw up inour own unique way. -- The man who invented the death squad - The Apostles - aka The Squad - Giving the Empire what itdeserves, before the Empire wakes up. - Michael Collins - The IRA and the Intelligence War in Dublin - dead link-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqHwKjt6RtcTry torrents. Or bogus? -http://www.torrentz.com/search?q=The+IRA+and+the+...1916 - As Paddy O'Fenian says "1916 inside the GPO – Suicide has never looked so cool" - Caution - Don't try this at home,kids. -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq7bcY9tuao#t=01m5...Not only did Mao Tse-Tung use his methods, and free China from the colonial grip, but so did every colonial freedom struggleof the twentieth century. World history turned on the axle of Michael Collins's innovations. Including The Battle of Algiers -Trailer -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3XsNdCqq7Q'Celtic Tiger my @$$$$' -- Michael Collins -- Britain surrenders to the Irish. To warm the heart of any Irishman or woman andon Paddy's Day we're all Irishmen and women. -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2ujZT38SJYOf course, today the Empire-lite gets its dig in first and uses its death squads to slaughter the peasantry left and right. As it didwith its counter-terror gangs from Malaya and Aden to Northern Ireland and as the US is doing in Afghanistan, Iraq andPakistan and Afghanistan again. But as that becomes widely known the comparisons with the Nazi death camps, Nazi tortureand Nazi methods are unavoidable and the idea that there is anything moral or ethical worth defending on our side becomesindefensible.Any useful lessons for the future there? ER, civil war is not fun? Movies don't show you your buddy screaming all night from hishead wound. War - be a long, long way away from it? -Agree? You will. - 'Eyeless in Gaza ' ER, no 'Headless in Thailand.' -http://exiledonline.com/sniper-explodes-head-of-t...ALTERNATIVELYTony Benn - 'Big Ideas That Changed The World: Democracy' - Tony Benn -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poO5BgU2PZo
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TONY BENNTony Benn - 'Big Ideas That Changed The World: Democracy' - Tony Benn -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poO5BgU2PZoTHE THREE HUNDRED YEAR CAUSE"Pick a cause that you don't mind failing at, because all the really big causes - the worthwhile causes - take hundreds of years.Slavery - slavery took three hundred years to repeal. The voting franchise - originally it was for gentlemen with estates, and notevery man. Women's suffrage. Civil Rights. Gay rights. Colonialism. Empire. Generations of men and women willing to labour tochange an unjust situation. Knowing that they would never see the victory. Willing to try, and to fail. Until one day, one of themsucceeds. And then it looks as if it was inevitable. But it was not. Not without the countless thousands of unknown men andwomen who laboured knowing that they would not see the victory." Tony Benn, UK politician, paraphrased.A noble, noble man - A man whose party backed the UN Declarations on Human Rights - because their generation had seenWorld War 2 and knew of World War 1 and the carnage of both. On the British National Health Service - founded in 1948 by apenniless Britain - "Because if you can find the money to kill people, you can find money to help people." -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LnY-jy_cE0#t=00m4..."Each and every one of us has to be given confidence. If anyone asks me what I hope people will say of me after I have gone,I hope it will be, "Tony Benn - he encouraged us." I would like that written on my gravestone."Try Articles -> Articles and Articles -> Audio/VisualTry Added for Articles and Audio/Visual after 8/26/08Tony Benn -http://www.bennites.com/Home.html
 
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· active 9 weeks ago · 9 weeks ago 
another logical insight on truth and reality by Pilger.I can always hear the collective sigh from aware and frustrated people afterreading his stories.The universe can only keep breathing if people like Pilger can reach us.

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