The radical party that won the recent elections on January 25 2015 and shamed the forces that governed Greece for the past 4 decades, has managed to align a significant portion of the electorate and took off on an impressive, decisive journey towards the same agenda it had adopted at the pre-election period.
Consistency, transparency and determination, are values never before upheld by any Greek government. Plus a very well done homework and an equally confident plan in immediate motion.
Thrust in the international political scene is equally impressive: Obama’s forthright support, French Fin Min and J.C Junker’s statements, solidarity–work in progress– with the European periphery that suffers from the consequences of the same cruel, irrational model of punitive austerity. A hypocritical and ironic amalgam of values embedded in Enlightenment and ironclad remainders of the Inquisition and the Dark Ages. It is not a matter of economics or financial viability, it has nothing from the positive outlook of repairing damages, healing wounds, righting wrongs or restoring balances. It is purely a cultural war of hatred and revenge as if World War II in Europe never ended, 75 years later.
The value of Syriza’s rise and impressive appeal on a national and international scale lies elsewhere. Within 7 days they have managed to show the world that there are other ways to rebuild devastated economies, that the alternative vision is entirely existing and cautiously attainable. In fact it has showcased that non- violent ways are the only ways out of a crisis. As an inspired friend put it, “you don’t austeritize yourself out of a crisis, you grow yourself out of it.” And this is not just one option. It is the only realistic option with win-win consequences for all actors involved.
Secondly, they have managed to turn the sign of the conversation from negative to positive. An economy in deep recession and depression was in desperate need of climate change. And by extension, other economies and societies suffocating under irrational fiscal restructuring simply because some brains behind thick walls decided that Milton Friedman’s model of shock therapy would be implemented on a global scale. Just because markets rejoice and some billions end up in a handful of private accounts as bonuses. People’s rights, international treaties and democratic principles are simply annoying roadblocks. The “invisible hand” sadly belongs to very real persons who couldn’t care less about balance or justice while they dance their way to banks.
Finally, the way Greece is viewed by its creditors after Syriza’s victory has been exposed as outright unfair, very much revealing of their inadequacy and blunt betrayal of the values, principles and grand vision conceived by the founders of the EEC in the 1950s. Never has the concept “Union” been violated so blatantly than now that it has forced an entire nation into a vicious circle of recession from restructuring measures based on very wrong assumptions. Critics of neoliberal principles can no longer be silenced because econometric empiricism no longer stands on their side.
© Maria Jay Em