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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:01 PM

"Greek Democracy is in Tatters"

By Tariq Ali and Kostas Pliakos

Source: Counterpunch.org

You have said that Europe is falling apart financially and that we should go back to the drachma. Do you insist on this view? This is a difficult dilemma; could the country survive without any similar moves in other European countries?

If Greece is to break free from the shackles of the Troika it will have no other option but to revert to its own currency. It won’t be worse than what is happening now. In fact it will be better because it will presage a return to reality and a break from total dependence on a currency over which the peripheral EU states have no control. A number of eastern European states who have preserved their own currency till now are better off than Greece, Spain, Ireland and Italy. The crisis is caused by the banking system supported by the core EU states. There are no signs of any structural reforms to rectify and rehaul the system. So the smaller countries suffer. Isn’t it better to swim out of the sewer into a less polluted stream.

Last year, before the elections, when you came to Greece, you spoke favorably of Syriza as a movement of change and resistance to “Merkelian doctrine.” Can such a thing be achieved within euro and this authoritative EU? How must Syriza get people prepared given the momentum it now has?

I support SYRIZA. It is the most important breakthrough for the Left in Europe. One may disagree on certain tactics, but, in general, the strategic political thrust has been to united all the progressive forces in the country against a corrupt, extreme-Centre. I think the time has now come to come forward with a political and economic plan to convince the country that the EU’s authoritarianism is strangulating Greece with the help of local collaborators. The scenes in parliament a few days ago were a disgrace. The leaders of the extreme-Centre trying to force MPs to vote on a document that none of them had time to read! And this is democracy. I can’t see this government lasting too long. And in these conditions the ‘Democratic Left’ abstained. Not even strong enough to vote against the punishments being inflicted on the Greek people. They will pay a price for backing the extreme Centre and capitulating to the threats of Merkel, Hollande and co.

More at link: http://www.zcommunications.org/greek-democracy-is-in-tatters-by-tariq-ali

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:03 PM

1. Their democracy seems to be doing ok, the nation not so much.

Short of another coup, the government is trying hard to do the best it can, though in some areas it clearly is flailing. Leaving the euro will have its pluses and minuses, but its going to be hard time ahead for Greece regardless.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:10 PM

2. I agree with his last statement.

"In Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, actually existing democracy is little more than the dictatorship of capital. Only the Left can enhance and strengthen democracy in the real sense of the word. It’s not a priority for the EU. In every clash between democracy and capitalism, they choose the latter."

Is it really a democracy when globalized capitalism controls your government?

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