The Last Colony? Probably Not

David Dayen of FDL writes about Europe’s Plan to Colonize Greece:

In a previously-secret document, European countries demand Greece to institute 38 specific changes to their government structure as a condition of the bailout.

[extended quote  from CNBC] …

This is a colonization document. The Eurozone will take over almost every aspect of Greek society. And this will be a blueprint for any other poor Eurozone member that gets itself in trouble.

(Boldface mine.) So how does this play out for the citizens of the world’s oldest democracy? Here’s Dayen again:

Here’s just some of the fallout: Some Greek workers will actually have to pay for their own jobs. These public employees will go without pay for a month, and the cuts to pension and health funds mean that employees will return some funds. This is not just a cherry-pick: up to 64,000 Greeks will be without pay this month. The austerity packages so far have cost Greeks over 5,600 euro per household. And remember, the Eurozone wants many more of these measures.

No wonder people took to the streets!

The course of the entire affair suggests so many of the purportedly fictional conspiracy theories I’ve read over the years that I can’t help perceiving this as a realization, an actual conspiracy of the über-wealthy (isn’t it interesting that I feel compelled to resort to a German modifier to express the excess?), who have been wondering for decades if not centuries, “Will no one rid me of this turbulent [form of government]?”

Representative democracy is popular only among people who see it as the most effective long-term guarantee not only of their safety and security but of their freedom. On the other hand, there are people accustomed to buying whatever they want, including safety and freedom, completely apart from and with disregard for any form of government, and never mind the cost to themselves… let alone to others. For the most part, these wealthy and powerful individuals stay in the background, content to run the world’s governments by remote control. But something has changed in the very nature of the supposedly civilized world, something that allows the 1% (actually probably more like 0.001%), the “masters of the universe,” to feel secure in operating in the open, disdaining utterly the needs of mere mortals in the 99% as they pursue domination for wealth’s sake and for its own sake. It’s like something out of a bad novel… but it’s nonfiction.

To my mind, the takeover of Greece is an early step in the process of economic domination of the civilized world. In America, our turn is coming. (Some may say that our turn is happening right now; I’m not quite prepared to go that far yet: things will get worse.)

(“The Last Colony” typically refers either to Washington, DC [see the film by Rebecca Kingsley], or to Puerto Rico, or to a sci/fi novel by John Scalzi, which I haven’t read. At least I can feel fairly confident that if I’m stepping on any toes in using the phrase, I have a lot of company.)

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  • L'Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Friday February 24, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Our Depraved Future of Debt Slavery (Part II):

    • Steve  On Saturday February 25, 2012 at 1:03 am

      Enfant, for the first time, the idea crystallized in my mind: Previously, I thought of the prison-industrial complex as a consequence of the “war on drugs”; now I see that the PIC and the drug war together serve to create a more-or-less permanent slave class, much as the actual slave trade in the 18th and 19th centuries did. As long as somebody powerful makes a profit from the astonishingly overblown rate of incarceration in the US, nothing will change, either in the PIC or in the drug war. (I know… I am slow, but eventually, the light dawns!)

      • MandT  On Sunday February 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm

        California and Arizona are perfect examples.

        • Steve  On Monday February 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm

          MandT and Enfant – apologies for answering so few of your comments in the past couple of days. Two things have been in the way. One was the Trio Amsterdam concert; in my physical condition, even attending a concert requires planning beforehand and a lot of rest afterward. The other is a book I am reading, In Search of the Multiverse by John Gribbin. Once again, scientists’ approaches to cosmology and quantum physics have changed so dramatically that reading this book is revamping my understanding of the physical universe… again, and I need a lot of time to absorb new concepts… again: for the third time in my life, the whole of physics seems to have turned upside down! Thanks for your patience.

  • L'Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Friday February 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Greece: «Ottomans are Back …. but they are German»,
    (in French, no need to read, the title says it all):

    • Steve  On Saturday February 25, 2012 at 1:07 am

      Great title, and to all appearances, very much warranted. One of the commenters on Dayen’s post on FDL remarked that for Germany, this was the third time in a century, and that this time (at least so far) they were using not bullets but economic weapons.

  • L'Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Friday February 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    How Greece Could Take Down Wall Street:

  • Bryan  On Friday February 24, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    The bankers need to talk to someone who was around in the ‘interesting times’ of the 1970s when Baader-Meinhof, the Red Army Faction, 17N, et al. were active, because that’s where this is headed.

    People can only be pushed so far, before there is backlash, and it will not be pretty. An armored Mercedes is no protection against an explosively formed projectile, [EFP] as several bankers found out back then,

    People just don’t pay attention. The people didn’t borrow the money, so their patience is limited. At some point they will fight. There is a long and bloody history of it happening in Greece, so they aren’t starting from scratch.

    • Steve  On Saturday February 25, 2012 at 1:23 am

      Bryan, if this resolves itself into ongoing street violence in Greece, I don’t want to think about what will happen in the US. Now it is much clearer why big-city American police departments have equipped themselves like storm troopers, bought tanker-truckloads of pepper spray and driven LRADs to a few protests and attempted to use them (with disastrous results to police themselves in the one case I read about). None of this is about national defense or Heimatssicherheit; it’s all about squelching protest against needlessly depressed economic conditions.

  • L'Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Saturday February 25, 2012 at 2:38 am

    “shadow banking”

    A fascinating interview with Dr. Zeus Yiamouyiannis, guest author of “Of Two Minds” blog, a blog regarded by CNBC as being in the Top 10 of Alternative Financial and Economic Blogs. Dr. Zeus explains the nature of “shadow banking” and how the current financial system is really a very sophisticated money laundering scheme where private (counterfeit) fiat currency is swapped for real, national, or labor assets.

    • MandT  On Sunday February 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      This fascist takeover of democratic institutions is fully underway in America—–in Michigan particularly.

  • upyernoz  On Saturday February 25, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    the scalzi book is good. but you really should read “old man’s war” first, and then “the ghost brigade”, before reading “the last colony”.

  • L'Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Saturday February 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Lost economic time: The Proust index
    Advanced economies have gone backwards by a decade as a result of the crisis

  • L'Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Saturday February 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Back to the crash: The American economy has just had its worst decade since the 1930s(Feb 25th 2010)

  • MandT  On Sunday February 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Poppy Bush called it, ‘The New World’—–another euphemism for fascism.

  • L'Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Tuesday February 28, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Here is Our Depraved Future of Debt Slavery (Part III):

    • Steve  On Tuesday February 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      That is certainly a depressing future depicted in that series, Enfant. But I cannot point to any one thing that disproves it.

  • L'Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Tuesday February 28, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Dictatorial Democracy:

  • L'Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Thursday March 1, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Greece in Meltdown:


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