Greece’s electoral shift to the far-left has sent a political shockwave across Europe. Rather than thank their lucky stars that the far-right never stole the show, the leaders of the European Union are reeling from the victory of a political party that will put the needs of the Greek people and a debt re-negotiation before the demands of the bankers. All of this may seem to be in the land of far far away, but in reality Ireland, along with Portugal, Italy and Spain, is part of this fragile European periphery where Greece has decided to make a stand against the empire. What is happening in Athens has everything to do what has and has not been happening here in Dublin – the difference is that Ireland remains one of those states on the brittle edge pretending that it alone is in the crisis zone. Our response is to behave ourselves and pay our bills in the hope that we will be granted a reprieve. The problem is that there are many states on the ledge pretending to be alone, and playing the game of sole victim. In the current setup there can be no reprieve for a prison full of model prisoners (à la Yanis Varoufakis).


Within the present set of economic parameters it is not possible for Greece to grow economically. It has been faced with the choice of either playing the game or walking from the field. Syriza had made it clear that it would run on an anti-austerity ticket, and the election (no matter who won) was a resounding victory for democracy. The people of Greece made a clear democratic decision and yet the very freedom of this decision has created the need for greater security. Freedom and democracy (real and authentic freedom in the face of necessity) poses a great threat to the prevailing mercantile order, and David Cameron has all but spelled this unspoken truth out when he juxtaposed the Greek result with the security of England. This was a bad result for the EU, but not necessarily for the people of Greece who may well be the flagship in the fight against the bankers’ control of Europe.

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