Start the Austerity without Me, Please . . .

Weimar Play MoneyLefty wild man philosopher Slavoj Žižek has this to say regarding the looming elections in Greece. With the socialistic, decidedly Left-wing Syriza party looking like they might just pull off a win, a great gnashing of capitalist teeth can be heard echoing over the Alps and across the Hellespont from the pro-austerity mobsters and their servants in the Eurozone–that is, from the bulk of Europe’s current Establishment leadership and the bankers and businessmen who own them–with the extraordinary success of resistant and recalcitrant Iceland (and earlier of Argentina on the other side of the globe) resisting the imposition of cruel austerity measures and defaulting on their debt . . . notwithstanding. Nope. An anti-austerity, Left-wing victory in Greece foreshadows doom for Europe–not just the Eurozone–and cats and dogs–and Poles and Turks–will start sleeping together. Oh the calamity!

Picket Line 1937“The mere possibility of a Syriza victory is said to have sent ripples of fear through global markets. Ideological prosopopoeia has its day: markets talk as if they were persons, expressing their ‘worry’ at what will happen if the elections fail to produce a government with a mandate to persist with the EU-IMF programme of fiscal austerity and structural reform. The citizens of Greece have no time to worry about these prospects: they have enough to worry about in their everyday lives, which are becoming miserable to a degree unseen in Europe for decades.”

At The London Review of Books‘ website.

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