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Will Podemos Rescue Spain's Unemployed Youths?


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Will Podemos Rescue Spain's Unemployed Youths?

Mark Weisbrot

Earlier this year, the electoral victory of Syriza in Greece marked the first government elected within the troubled eurozone to finally say no to European officials who for years have been pressing for less government spending and for sweeping economic reforms to remake Europe. While many thought it was impossible for a small country that made up just 2% of the 19-nation eurozone’s economy to meaningfully change Europe’s economic trajectory, it is already happening.


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"The kind of ‘reforms’ that they were referring to were those that the current Spanish government has already implemented or tried to implement: cutting pensions, weakening labor’s collective bargaining rights, cutting public services. This has been the agenda of the troika —the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the IMF — for the past five years in the Eurozone."

It's known as "The Shock Doctrine," and the current Congress is about to "stick it to" the American people.


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Podemos are ideologues rooted in Marxism. They can have no answer to Spanish economic or political problems because they will lead spain the venezuela, argentina or greece way.

The only solution for spain is to copy all ideas they can from northern europe. spain's problem is a set of values and ideas shared by the spanish left, right and center whose outcome will always be political, social, economic, institutional and business performances well below northern europe.

Pablo Iglesias is clueless as is Rajoy because both are product of the Spanish educational system, a broken system since Spain lost the Empire. Unfortunately.

The only force that can rescue Spain is the EU if the northern europeans are able to force-teach us proper education and management.

Podemos has not the slightest idea of how to build a modern democracy. I mean, it is lunacy to believe that people who advise Venezuela or Peru can offer anything of value to bring Spain up to northern european standards. Even in corruption Podemos already has problems.

Podemos represents angry people for whom things can not get worse plus the usual bunch of intellectual messiahs, anti system types, day dreamers and so on with their feet firmly planted on Mars.


#4

The money-power can glom any representative.


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Uncommonintuition sure has right wing views and a strong prejudice against the people of southern Europe. Wonder what he thinks about the Irish? Those are lilly white northern Europeans and they are as broke and jobless as the people of Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece. (the PIGS) The wealth of the 'PIGS' is being sucked up by the wealthy investors and the banksters. The problem all over the world is that the greedy psychopaths are in charge. These greedy people can only say one word, "MORE!" That is the problem, the top 1%. The same problem we have in the United States. The working people must stand in rebellion all over the world. Unrestricted capitalism is the problem we need to fix.


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Language matters.
First paragraph:
Earlier this year, the electoral victory of Syriza in Greece marked the first government elected within the troubled eurozone to finally say no to European officials who for years have been pressing for less government spending and for sweeping economic reforms to remake Europe.
Last paragraph:
A 2009 consultation between the IMF and the Spanish government stated that, “empirical evidence also suggests that recoveries from economic crises often serve as an opportunity for reform.” The kind of ‘reforms’ that they were referring to were those that the current Spanish government has already implemented or tried to implement: cutting pensions, weakening labor’s collective bargaining rights, cutting public services.
I can't help but think it might be helpful for those of us who oppose these kinds of "reforms" stop using the language favored by those who support them. The reason they use "reform" is because it's an easier pill for the public to swallow than "syphoning of resources away from those in need to those who already have a surfeit of power and money." Let's stop doing their work for them.