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.)