by Scott Creighton
What does it mean when a democracy needs to get rid of public servants who try to do what the vast majority of their constituents want them to do?
What does it mean when those public servants are described as “radical” “extremists” and “militant leftists” for simply acting in the interest of the people of a nation as opposed to that of the bankers and the elites?
This is what is happening in Greece right now.
Alexis Tsipras, the fake “radical left” party member (Syriza) is purging his government of anyone who stands opposed to the treasonous deal he struck with the Troika a week ago. While he does it, members of the media are using all sorts of hate-inspiring buzzwords to describe those he’s kicking out of government.
The Greek prime minister has sought to rid his government of hardline leftists who oppose further austerity, reshuffling his cabinet barely 48 hours after dissidents broke ranks over a draconian bailout deal for the debt-stricken country.
In a move aimed squarely at displaying his determination to forge ahead with spending cuts and reforms, Alexis Tsipras replaced leading government ministers. The shakeup marked a decisive split from militants in his radical left Syriza party who had voted against tough measures demanded in return for rescue funds from the EU and IMF.
“It marks the beginning of the end of his relationship with the extremist far-left faction,” said Aristides Hatzis, associate professor of law and economics at Athens University. “But it is also clear that this is a short-term government. Tsipras’s hands are tied because these people still have a strong presence in his parliamentary group.” The Guardian
If those who oppose the draconian austerity measures of the deal struck between Tsipras and the Troika are “extremists” and “radicals”, it’s fair too say based on the recent referendum held in Greece not that long ago, that the vast majority of the people of Greece are “extremists” and “radicals”
And if that’s the case, then I guess by definition, that position is neither extreme or radical. It’s pretty much the consensus. And that should be pretty obvious. But not to these guys because that’s not how the neoliberal mind works. To them, putting people first is an extremist, radical, militant act and those who do it need to be purged from any position of power they might hold.
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