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#This Isn't Quite a Coup: What Canadians Must Learn from Greece


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#This Isn't Quite a Coup: What Canadians Must Learn from Greece

Nora Loreto

Outside of Europe, Greece's battle with the Troika has become a spectacular spectator sport. From the referendum to Tsipras's capitulation, this story has all the makings of a once-in-a-generation historic event, and it's far from over.

Throughout the drama, many people have focused on the leadership of SYRIZA. This past week, the dominant themes have been Varoufakis's resignation and Tsipras's betrayal.


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Greece: Operation "mutation of the Left" has started!


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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.


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Hey Susan, what do you think our response to this meme from Loreto should be:

"Democracy can only resist capitalism if it is strong and rooted among the people."

How can we go about organizing democratic resistance to capitalism, strongly rooted among the people?

Or is it "blaming the people" to even ask such a question?


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Great article, and when you get a good template for getting a massive force of people out in the streets, please share!

Still a coup, though. And a takeover. :O)


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The author has a clear understanding what the true left represents and an even better understanding of the nature of capitalism.

Here In Canada we also have a crisis of leadership as Ms Buffy Ste Marie and this writer points out in that all of the major political parties, including the one that has its roots in true left, the NDP party of Canada, have been co-opted by the Capitalists. Only the voice of money is being heard.

An excellent article.


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Susan writes:

"And thank you for not using the WE frame..."

But Loreto writes:

"And, while Canada and the U.S. don't share a currency, our currencies are inextricably linked, forcing Canadian politicians to make decisions based on the strength or weakness of the Canadian dollar, regardless of what's best for the people. 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."

Is Susan unable to read and comprehend? Or is she selective about application of her "we radar" accusation?


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