Greece is the Word


Dominic Nanni is a socialist grad student at Wayne State University in Detroit who conservatives like to slap around on Twitter because of his lame advocacy for classroom leftist ideology.

This is his latest:


The Washington Post is reporting this morning that the Coalition of the Radical Left, also known as Syriza, has moved quickly to form a new government. Syriza won a decisive victory with 36 percent of the vote, over the rivaling and center-right New Democracy Party, which won 28 percent of the vote. Syriza’s victory was just short of the percentage needed for a total majority in parliament. This forced them to cut a deal with a small right-wing party known as the Independent Greeks. Together, they will form a coalition being led by Greece’s youngest Prime Minister in 150 years, Alexis Tsipras.


There is no way to underscore the sheer magnitude of Syriza’s victory. For eight years the European continent has been ravaged by an uncompromising and unyielding austerity. Germany, the sole power broker in European economics, has been the loudspeaker of austerity. Angela Merkel and David Cameron, and the former Prime Minister of Greece, Antonis Samaras, together formed an unholy trinity that articulated austerity as the only solution to the economic crisis crippling Europe (and the world). That orthodoxy has been challenged by Syriza and Greece’s unabashedly proud radical left. This victory is one for both Greece and the world — especially the global “left.”

All that said, the far-left in America really has no right to celebrate Syriza’s victory. While I am sympathetic to their cause, it is hard to find America’s far-left doing anything but bashing President Obama as a sellout leftist and standing on street corners passing out flyers that call for the destruction of the current system. This kind of activism is certainly a catalyst for their base, but it is not productive, and it certainly isn’t practical. What is more unproductive is the denunciation of electoral politics as seemingly “below” the smug condescension and moral self-righteousness of those in charge of groups like the International Socialist Organization and the Socialist Equality Party.

To be brief, Syriza won because they chose to play electoral politics. They recognized that the only way to change the system is by becoming part of it. They engaged the system and made it work for them — and now they are in a position to change that system. History tells us time and time again that this is the only way to force change in an unfair and rigged system.

There is more, but you’ll have to go over there to read it. I come here to mock him, not to steal his work.

I’m not vouching for the accuracy of his factual presentation of the recent events in Greece, but all the stories I’ve read seem to agree that a fairly radical leftist group won big in this weekend’s elections. I will say that I agree with him about the need to participate in electoral politics if you want to change the system. The only other alternative is violent revolution, and to do that you still have to convince a lot of people to follow you.

The problem for revolutionaries and democratic underdogs is that winning is only part the battle, and it’s usually the easy part. Like a dog who chases cars, they have no idea what to do with it when they catch one.

The problem in Greece started a few years ago when the country found itself in deep financial doo-doo. In exchange for a bail-out by the rest of Europe (mainly Germany) Greece agreed to “austerity”, also known as “living on a tight budget.” The voters in Greece have decided they don’t like the taste of the medicine.

Tsipras, 40, who could become Greece’s next prime minister, also vowed to end austerity measures.

“Greece leaves behind the austerity that ruined it, leaves behind the fear, leaves behind five years of humiliation, and Greece moves forward with optimism and hope and dignity,” he told the crowd.

Syriza’s pledges to try to get some of Greece’s colossal debt written off and roll back unpopular austerity measures appealed to exasperated members of the electorate — even if they potentially jeopardize Greece’s place in the eurozone. The election could lead to a dramatic showdown with the debt-laden nation’s lenders.

“That is a gamble that people in Greece seem to be prepared to take at this point, simply because the terms of its bailout have been so severe,” Greek journalist Elinda Labropoulou told CNN on Sunday.

I’m not gonna claim to have the expertise to predict the outcome of all this, but is sounds to me like they’re voting for bread and circuses.

Why does this matter to the rest of us?

Because our current national debt exceeds 18 TRILLION DOLLARS. If we are ever gonna get a handle on our debt and deficit situation we’re gonna have to accept some austerity of our own. The problem is neither of our two parties wants to make us take our medicine, and even if one does the other will not go along.

Imagine President Walker pushing thru some real austerity measures in 2017. Now imagine him losing Congress in 2018 and losing reelection in 2020 to anti-austerity Democrats.

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63 Responses to Greece is the Word

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    Paul Krugman is happy:

    Ending Greece’s Nightmare:

    Alexis Tsipras, leader of the left-wing Syriza coalition, is about to become prime minister of Greece. He will be the first European leader elected on an explicit promise to challenge the austerity policies that have prevailed since 2010. And there will, of course, be many people warning him to abandon that promise, to behave “responsibly.”

    So how has that responsibility thing worked out so far?

    To understand the political earthquake in Greece, it helps to look at Greece’s May 2010 “standby arrangement” with the International Monetary Fund, under which the so-called troika — the I.M.F., the European Central Bank and the European Commission — extended loans to the country in return for a combination of austerity and reform. It’s a remarkable document, in the worst way. The troika, while pretending to be hardheaded and realistic, was peddling an economic fantasy. And the Greek people have been paying the price for those elite delusions.

    You see, the economic projections that accompanied the standby arrangement assumed that Greece could impose harsh austerity with little effect on growth and employment. Greece was already in recession when the deal was reached, but the projections assumed that this downturn would end soon — that there would be only a small contraction in 2011, and that by 2012 Greece would be recovering. Unemployment, the projections conceded, would rise substantially, from 9.4 percent in 2009 to almost 15 percent in 2012, but would then begin coming down fairly quickly.

    What actually transpired was an economic and human nightmare. Far from ending in 2011, the Greek recession gathered momentum. Greece didn’t hit the bottom until 2014, and by that point it had experienced a full-fledged depression, with overall unemployment rising to 28 percent and youth unemployment rising to almost 60 percent. And the recovery now underway, such as it is, is barely visible, offering no prospect of returning to precrisis living standards for the foreseeable future.

    A few years ago I would have assumed that PK was correct.

  2. Falstaff says:

    It’s a bit more complicated than you make it out. Tsipras formed a coalition with a rightist anti-Europe party. It isn’t just the left that hates the bailout measures — the nationalists tend to see them as giving up sovereignty. What’s got people so pissed off is that they’ve had five years of austerity and the situation hasn’t improved significantly. So, from their perspective, austerity is of no use and they might as well default.

    At the moment, it looks like we’re headed for a showdown between Greece and Germany, since the Germans are the ones who insist on the austerity measures being part of the bailout. At the moment, the German government seems to be trying to find some sort of compromise, but Tsipras and company have repeatedly promised that they will not be bound by the prior agreements, and it’s not clear that there’s anything that can satisfy German bankers and Greek politicians.

    If you read German, there’s a pretty good summary of the situation in the Süddeutsche Zeitung:

    The main takeaway is this:

    The complicated thing in this conflict is: both sides are correct. Berlin and Brussels must insist that agreements are to be honored and debtors cannot unilaterally change the conditions of their credit. If the Greeks are allowed to do that, the Italians or Spaniards will insist on the same treatment, and the fight to save the Euro would be quite lost. On the other hand, it’s also true that nobody can be required to do the impossible or unbearable. But the lives of millions of people in the Mediterranean crisis countries have become almost unbearably difficult, which is often overlooked from the German perspective.

  3. Myiq2xu says:


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  4. Somebody says:

    That picture at the end should come with an eye bleach warning. I’m pretty sure I saw her at Disney in black spandex pants and a crop top.

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    My oldest grandson:

    “I tried being a dog once. It was exhausting”.

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  12. DeniseVB says:

    Just a reminder for our TCHers in the winter storm path ….

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  15. mothy6767 says:

    Vox slate none of those trash speaks for me
    I an 48 gay and I resent a bunch of spoiled brats claiming they speak for me. Never ever

  16. mothy6767 says:

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  17. angienc says:

    First of all it’s SYRIZA — and acronym, not a word.
    Second of all, SYRIZA is pretty far left, especially but US standards as they are communists — but they aren’t the most FAR left party — KKE is the hard core, FAR left party in Greece.

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  19. You made me laugh with the title of this post and the first pic, Klown. Funny stuff.

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  23. John Denney says:

    “Greece leaves behind the austerity that ruined it, leaves behind the fear, leaves behind five years of humiliation, and Greece moves forward with optimism and hope and dignity,”

    Are we sure that wasn’t Obama talkin’? Sounds an awful lot like that “Hope and Change” stuff he was selling.

  24. John Denney says:

    An analysis by a Greek.

  25. mothy6767 says:

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    My Nanny’s lust was never talked about. One night with the guy who had a mansion. Never did we speak but my grandmother Fucked my best friends dad and never did she let me forget it. Two brothers ended their own lives and I confess I wanted to say you could hearted bitch you are responsible. I did not. Our families own a ton of what was woods for some reason we own it together. We kept horses on it 20 years ago and to my knowledge all it did was cover expenses. Only reason I can think that the corner of dirt has any value is that on three sides it is state owned pension the f fourth side it’s the Allegheney. I do not own anything against the river. I or rather my family owns a small hill. Really small hill but I guess it is sigbnificant because everyone wants to know me. I love good food and enjoy epicurean adventures but I do not give a Shit about forks. Call me trash not going to worry.I love spinach salad with a tiny fork and then I love fist mignon with the same fork

    I am trash and I like me I gave hi up my interest in the woods 40 years ago you harass on a cute level so why not.

  26. angienc says:

    Some scoop on Tsipras I don’t see the MSM reporting: he’s an atheist and his partner (mother of his children & they are together but not married) is KKE (the hard line communist party).

    So basically my mom & I think that Tsipras, even though he isn’t saying it, is going to trade Germany for Russia — instead of being Merkel’s bitch, Greece will be Putin’s.

    Not good for Greece. Not good for America either.

  27. mothy6767 says:

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  28. mothy6767 says:

    My mistakes are too many to apologize.
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  29. 49erDweet says:

    I’m in Klown Prison.

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