Good analysis, Ms. Loreto.
I would like to respond to the following facets of this article. In my view, they are the most compelling:
“This past week, the dominant themes have been Varoufakis’s resignation and Tsipras’s betrayal.”
Who SET these dominant themes, and why do comment forums like the one on C.D. focus on THIS frame?
“If members borrow money and have difficulty in paying the money back, the repayment plans usually require broad restructuring that can include selling off state assets and overhauling domestic bank regulations. They’ve perfected hostile takeover without needing to use soldiers or tanks.”
The analogy to the hostile takeover is perfectly apt! The billionaires now treat nations like corporations they can acquire if they pay the right sums to the most strategically placed political operators.
"Instead of #thisisacoup it’s actually just sophisticated capitalism, where democracy is seen as an anti-market force that needs to be mitigated by anti-democratic measures.
“Now, thanks to our politicians who worship at the altar of profit (regardless of what a backbench MP might say), we’re about to enter into a sweeping trade deal with the European Union that will further entangle our country with the web of protofascist capitalists who find ways to suppress and eliminate democracy.”
The above statement is very important and takes us back to what Chief Justice Brandeis related in that there can EITHER be extreme concentrations of wealth OR Democracy. But not both. Here comes TPP to prove it!
The Piketty Study (so mortifying that even the Pope speaks openly about its fiscal findings) proves that almost all wealth generated since bankers sunk the global economy due to their Wall St. bets up into stratospheric numbers went right back to THEM! THAT is extreme concentrations of wealth. In this case, engineered with the stealth of organized crime.
And thank you for not using the WE frame… the insidious meme that insists that what elites are doing unto the 99% is actually about the actions, consent, and authority of “the governed,” or 99%.
“For progressives looking at Greece to learn some lessons, perhaps we could start mobilizing for sector-wide general strikes to defend our democracy, rather than focusing solely on SYRIZA’s errors.”
The same paid message shapers who push the Blame-Syriza Frame would argue that they equally decry Progressives. That means they either are arguing FOR a continuation of the status quo, given its political and economic (and military) chokehold over good citizens just about everywhere; or they are touting the Talking Points of Agent Provocateur pretend revolutionaries who think it’s still 1776 and everything that needs to be accomplished can BE accomplished through street warfare and THEIR use of firepower.