Insightful, thought-provoking article from Margaret Kimberly, Senior Editor at the Black Agenda Report:
“Greeks have already lost jobs, pensions, and medical care to meet the demands of the people who ruined their economy. ”
What is democracy? Millions of people around the world think that they live in democratic nations, but facts belie the dearly held mythology. We certainly have opportunities to vote and a plethora of legislative bodies ranging from city councils to congress to parliaments. What we don’t have is a seat at the table when decisions are made which impact our very lives. Those rights are reserved for the lords of capital and the people they choose to do their dirty work.
The Greek people used an opportunity to make their voices heard, but it isn’t clear that they will have the ultimate say in the decisions that determine their fate. Greeks have already lost jobs, pensions, and medical care to meet the demands of the people who ruined their economy. They voted for the Syriza party in hopes of extricating themselves from the hell created by banksters and corrupt politicians. In a July 5, 2015 referendum they voted against the most recent demands for austerity from the troika comprised of the European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the European Commission.
It was vitally important that the Greeks voted no and by such a large margin, but that is not the end of the story by any means. Other countries have been placed in the same position of agreeing to onerous austerity terms in order to make good on the corrupt bets that started at the top…