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  •  Excellent diary, Georgia (3+ / 0-)

    Alexis Tsipras seems to be promising Greeks so much, however, after reading his long list, so little of it seems possible to me.

    And if  the Greek government will not have funds for salaries and pensions come July......

    Daniel Ellsberg, “It was always a bad year to get out of Vietnam.”

    by allenjo on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 05:56:21 PM PDT

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    •  Tsipras is a fascinating case study (9+ / 0-)

      He literally went from nobody to international figure in the matter of about 8 weeks.

      He talks an extraordinarily good game. He comes across very populist and talks very reasonably about increasing taxes on the rich, closing loopholes, increasing efficiency, etc.

      But at the same time, the core of his governing philosophy isn't really a policy as much as a roll of the dice.

      This is a great interview in English with him:

      •  he has been criticised for ...... (2+ / 0-)
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        he has been criticised for scoring easy points as a demagogue and a populist.

        In recent weeks he has spoken of the need to nationalise banks, expand the public sector and stop all forms of privatisation, including the handover of public beaches to private firms. His economic policy would extend unemployment benefits, raise the minimum wage and cut taxes in what would amount to a complete reversal of the policies Greece has been forced to adopt in exchange for financial assistance.
        Tellingly, Pasok trade unionist leaders have turned their backs on the party – which sees the loan agreement as the only way out of the crisis – to support Syriza. The switch of allegiance has raised howls of protest that the leftist group has become the receptacle for Greek civil servants who want to hold on to past privileges and benefits.

        Daniel Ellsberg, “It was always a bad year to get out of Vietnam.”

        by allenjo on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 06:35:14 PM PDT

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        •  Pasok is a party of the banks (12+ / 0-)

          Much like the Democrats in the US.

          Every time some helpless individual complains about how many things are done to keep banks doing well, the status quo chorus complains "demagogue, demagogue".

          Let them complain. Countries do not need privately owned banks, though they need banks. Mutual banks, cooperative banks, government banks can do the same job. Many reforms need to be made in Greece, but paying off foreign banks comes in well below giving Greece a working economy.

          The GOP is the party of mammon. They mock what Jesus taught.

          by freelunch on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 08:01:49 PM PDT

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