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"Ignore all proffered rules and create your own, suitable for what you want to say"
(Michael Moorcock)
"Look for your own. Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else. And, out of yourself create, impatiently or patiently, the most irreplaceable of beings."
(Andre Gide)
"I want my place, my own place, my true place in the world, my proper sphere, my thing which Nature intended me to perform when she fashioned me thus awry, and which I have vainly sought all my life-time."
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“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”
(Franz Kafka)
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(John Donne)
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(Robert J. Hanlon)
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

EU Leaders Have No Answers

EXTRACT: Obviously, Papandreou’s high -risk move was a desperate attempt to pre-empt mass resistance to yet more vicious attacks on the living standards of the working class by providing a fig-leaf of legitimacy to the troika-imposed austerity regime. Margaret Thatcher, quite correctly as far as communists are concerned, memorably described referendums/plebiscites as a “device of demagogues and dictators” - or, in this case, a beleaguered bourgeois politician seeing his options rapidly run out. Inevitably, and rather ironically, Tory Eurosceptics and others immediately hailed the ‘socialist’ Papandreou as a noble democrat standing up to bullying Brussels bureaucrats: setting an example for the UK to follow. In reality, of course, Papandreou is a member of the state-bureaucratic elite and has no more interest in real democracy than those of his former colleagues - both internally and externally - now railing against him.
Having said that, the response to Papandreou’s referendum gamble just as equally exposes the gaping democratic deficit that lies at the heart of the euro zone - an elite project from above that aims to advance the privileged interests of bourgeois/establishment politicians, Eurocrats, bankers, investors and the minority capitalist class as a whole. Feeling betrayed, angry euro zone leaders - especially the French and German governments - relentlessly piled on the pressure to get Papandreou to abandon his plans. Indeed, acting like control-freaks, Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel resorted to essentially blackmail tactics against Papandreou - bluntly declaring that any such referendum would also be a vote on Greece’s continued membership of the EU. Therefore, there would be no further bailout money for Greece - inviting almost immediate bankruptcy for the country - until the referendum had been held and the masses had voted ‘correctly’ (ie, ‘yes’). Ditto for any fresh elections that might be held as a result of the current instability gripping Greece. Until the political configuration and programme of the new government was known, and the bailout package formally ratified by parliament, there would be no cash.
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