Greece Ignites Global Economic, Monetary Debate.

Posted on January 26, 2015

by Jerry Alatalo

aaa-31Alphabet Ashort excerpt from Greek philosopher Plato’s “The Republic”.

Now, if we are to form a real judgment of the life of the just and unjust, we must isolate them; there is no other way; and how is the isolation to be effected? I answer: Let the unjust man be entirely unjust, and the just man entirely just; nothing is to be taken away from either of them, and both are to be perfectly furnished for the work of their respective lives.

First, let the unjust be like other distinguished masters of craft; like the skillful pilot or physician, who knows intuitively his own powers and keeps within their limits, and who, if he fails at any point, is able to recover himself. So let the unjust make his unjust attempts in the right way, and lie hidden if he means to be great in his injustice (he who is found out is nobody): for the highest reach of injustice is: to be deemed just when you are not.

Therefore I say that in the perfectly unjust man we must assume the most perfect injustice; there is to be no deduction, but we must allow him, while doing the most unjust acts, to have acquired the greatest reputation for justice. If he have taken a false step he must be able to recover himself; he must be one who can speak with effect, if any of his deeds come to light, and who can force his way where force is required his courage and strength, and command of money and friends.

And at his side let us place the just man in his nobleness and simplicity, wishing, as Aeschylus says, to be and not to seem good. There must be no seeming, for if he seem to be just he will be honoured and rewarded, and then we shall not know whether he is just for the sake of justice or for the sake of honours and rewards; therefore, let him be clothed in justice only, and have no other covering; and he must be imagined in a state of life the opposite of the former.

Let him be the best of men, and let him be thought the worst; then he will have been put to the proof; and we shall see whether he will be affected by the fear of infamy and its consequences. And let him continue thus to the hour of death; being just and seeming to be unjust. When both have reached the uttermost extreme, the one of justice and the other of injustice, let judgment be given which of them is the happier of the two.

The Syriza Party of Greece came close to winning in 2012, and, since economic conditions for the Greek people have remained dire up until the January 25 elections, the people have decided and voted for an entirely new political direction.

Alexis Tsipras became sworn in as leader of Greece without any of the typical pomp, wearing his much commented-on open-collared shirt without tie, speaking to the citizens of the nation about an end to their multi-year “humiliation” at the hands of the oligarchs and elites.

Worth noting is that on Monday January 26, the day after Mr. Tsipras’ swearing-in formalities as such, no American mainstream media TV outlets reported on the results of the Greek elections. This despite the truly historic nature of the event, and widespread first story treatment on nearly all TV news broadcasts outside the United States. In a certain sense, while it is obviously an important public service to report on what some are describing as one of the most dangerous winter storms ever in America’s northeast, Syriza’s election victory in Greece could be seen as a record-breaking “political blizzard” of its own.

If those Americans who know about the results of Greek elections asked their fellow Americans if they’d heard about it, the odds are probably good that not a small percentage would answer with “No, what about Greece elections?” or “No, what happened? or “Was there an attack by ISIS or something?” or “Did Putin invade Greece?”

American mainstream media’s apparent censorship by omission, and absence of Americans’ awareness of the true significance of Greece choosing an astonishing direction aside, most men and women observers are well aware that things have changed in a big way. For people who participated in the Occupy movement whose motto “We Are The 99%” is now recognized internationally, what they see now is that the real battles (knowing the Greeks’ esteemed philosophical history, ones fought with reason and in-depth debate) with the banksters has begun.

So, if anyone noticed, the Greek people followed the advice of one of America’s “radical leftists” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt when he said “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”, and overcame efforts to portray Syriza as the dangerous choice which would result in “the sky (over Greece) falling”. Radical left, radical right, radical whatever. There is no doubt that something fundamental and certainly to some extent extreme happened on January 25, 2015 in Greece and, by extension, around the Earth.

Syriza is now faced with trying to carry out its campaign proposals to end austerity, negotiate with the European Commission, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund (the Troika) on Greek debt, tackling corruption and tax evasion by performing honest governance, and – fitting for the nation where democracy was born – bringing about a higher level of democracy-based politics.

According to interviewer Tariq Ali in the following video, mass popular mobilization is “critically important for Syriza’s success”. This has become more difficult to accomplish after Greeks have grown weary of political activism from their tough, years-long economic experience with harsh austerity. It will be no small task to improve the health and well-being of the Greek people who, according to the televised discussion – “have become marginalized and basically forgotten”.

Other challenges for Syriza include stopping privatization of government-owned industries and assets, fiscal reforms, environmental regulation, and creating completely new economic development models. Although positively transforming reality for the Greek people will need a strong united effort, of the greatest outcomes of Greek elections is that political philosophy has made a fortunate “comeback” starting from Greece, where it originated thousands of years ago,  and “Syriza can trigger large social movements across Europe, a re-composition of political forces, and a new internationalism”.

Wonder what Plato’s thinking.


(Thank you to teleSUR English at YouTube)

Will Syriza Party Take Power In Greece?

Posted on December 23, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

aaa-15Alphabet Greece is generally known as the birthplace of democracy some two thousand years ago. The country has experienced difficult economic times over the past four to five years, sharing the news with other member states of the European Union such as Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and others on the periphery of the Union. In recent years, Greece’s social movements have banded together in forming the Syriza party.

In the following video, a Syriza party member talks on Latin American network TeleSUR’s program “Imaginary Lines”, about Syriza’s prospects for early elections in Greece coming in January 2015.

Their platform’s most controversial stance is an end to austerity measures prescribed by the so-called Troika – the European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund, and the European Union. Other goals of Syriza include renegotiation of Greece’s debt, which the party believes was not incurred by the people of Greece, re-nationalization of industries and sectors privatized in recent years, and moving away from overly market-dominated policies.

According to the Syriza representative, 300,000 Greeks are now without electricity, and 4 million live below the poverty line. In the past 4-5 years private banks have transferred 50 billion Euros out of Greece, and none of those financial funds ended up inserted into the Greece economy.

Syriza has developed relationships with nations in Latin America, where people have lived in past decades under neoliberal systems similar to the Greek system which Syriza is attempting to transform. Syriza’s representative describes the neoliberal policies of the European Union as a “nightmare”, hoping to change Greece’s political system in ways not dissimilar to the far-reaching transformation of Latin American countries which lived for decades under the same type of economic nightmares.

Syriza likes to think it can rediscover the vibrant, dynamic democratic principles first developed over 2,000 years ago in Greece. Will the social movement, solidarity, coalition party win the Greek elections and take power? Will Syriza’s Alexis Tsipras become the next President of Greece? The world will know the answer to those questions shortly, in about a month’s time.


(Thank you to teleSUR English at YouTube)