Posted on February 2, 2015
by Jerry Alatalo
ollowing the historic victory by the Syriza Party in Greece and that nation’s rejection of years of strict austerity measures, 25% unemployment and un-repayable debt, Spain’s newly formed Podemos Party – like Syriza against “structural reforms” (austerity, in America sequester) – has found a large following of young and old alike.
Many observers predicted a sort of “contagion” following a Greek Syriza election victory, spreading to Spain, Italy, Ireland, France and other indebted Eurozone nations suffering under the same austerity measures mandated by the Troika (European Commission, European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund).
Given the estimated 100,000 to 300,000 Spaniards who came and participated in Podemos’ “March For Change”, it seems the predictors were on the mark, but it’s surely not the same as contagious disease which is spreading like a pandemic. The hundreds of thousands on the streets of Madrid would agree that what really is spreading like wildfire is something more commonly called democracy.
It’ll be interesting to hear from the political analysts, economics experts and other “predictors” what their crystal balls tell them now that Spain’s citizens have contracted a severe case of “democracy fever”. Where will the “democracy bug” strike next? Italy, Ireland and/or France?
Maybe the streets of Kiev, Ukraine will soon find 100’s of thousands of Ukrainians marching for an end to austerity and war, and the beginning of real democracy and peace for that entire nation – west, east, north and south. One wonders if the predictors have analyzed nations in the war-torn Middle East and Northern Africa, then saw into the near future when people in those lands likewise caught the dreaded “democracy fever” with its accompanying peace consequences.
Will responsible leaders around the world be able to act fast enough to contain the spread of the democracy disease and deal with its number one avenue of transmission: the internet? This would look at present an impossibility. The spread of true democracy on Earth, despite the strong efforts of those who would want to minimize or stop it in its tracks, may have literally become unstoppable.
Who knows where this powerful “contagion” will strike next, for now democracy is moving rapidly with the very real potential of infecting untold millions – possibly billions – of people living in all nations on the Earth. That might be beyond the predictive power of those who successfully foretold the effects of Syriza’s victory in Greece on the citizens of Spain.
Fortunately, democracy is the one disease which all people – at least 99.9% of the world’s people – have been trying very hard to catch.
(Thank you to RT at YouTube)