Greece remains a guinea pig for experimentation by European elites. The objective is now to test just how far one can take the project of crushing the democratic aspirations of a people, to test how easy it is to get people to imagine that democratic resistance is futile.
A key element in this project is a media apparatus that refuses to recognise that this is even happening, as if this course of events, this sadistic punishment -that is all the more delicious to its perpetrators through their grandiose proclamations of disinterested probity- were as natural as the sun rising in the morning and setting in the evening. I left this comment on the Irish Times website in response to an article by Suzanne Lynch, the paper’s European Correspondent, titled Syriza’s grandstanding makes situation infinitely worse for Greek people.
What makes this piece remarkable is its studied failure to question the role of the European Commission and the finance ministers and heads of state of the euro-zone member states. They have engineered Greece’s predicament. They have done so to issue a warning to social forces throughout Europe that might challenge their economic and social policies.
The point of their actions is to make abundantly clear that there is no alternative to neoliberalism, no alternative to placing the health of the financial sector above the health of the population. But not only that, the point, as Mark Blyth points out in Foreign Affairs, is to blame the Greek population for refusing to bail out Europe’s big banks.
Suzanne Lynch’s article presents this position –which inflicts enormous violence not only on the population of Greece but on the working class populace of Europe more generally- as a self-evident, self-justifying fact. ‘In the immediate term’, she writes, ‘the question should be if the current government… is doing the right thing by its people’.
Really? Given that this is the Irish Times, and not the Greek Times, does the immediate term not demand some questions about powers that lay claim to democratic legitimacy whilst laying waste to Greece’s economy and society through calculated sadism executed on behalf of big banks? For does it not follow that if they can do this to Greece, they can do it to anyone else? And what does it mean for the Irish government to join in on this feeding frenzy?
This entire article is a bucket of power-worshipping ordure that blames the victim for not doing enough to protect itself against its assailant.