For Greece, revolution is the right solution…..
Revolution, like striking, is not something that should be undertaken lightly. Somewhat contrary to romantic ideal propagated often by the left, a revolution is always brutal and always bloody (all that varies is the amount of blood actually shed) and this is why people tend not to want it and only take this path when they are left with no other choices. People will, perfectly understandably, always take the path of least resistance if they can and this simple fact of human nature does not permeate the collective hive mind of the far-left especially. However, Lenin understood it well enough – that’s why he called for a Russian defeat in the First World War – because, sensibly, he realised that people only make a revolution when they are in the depths of despair not when they are seized by quasi-religious egalitarian zeal.
As today has illustrated, Greece and the Greek people are at the point where revolution is the only viable, and indeed sensible course of action. George Papandreou, the PASOK Greek Prime Minister, has been forced into a u-turn on his proposal to hold a referendum on the latest austerity package and implicitly continued membership of the Euro. Papandreou was always going to offer a Hobson’s Choice but even that was too much for the markets and his own finance minister to bear. Now it looks like he will pay the ultimate price for his timid temerity and his government will fall. This should tell Greeks all they need to know about who runs their country – they don’t, the markets do and their Parliament represents not the Greek people but the money markets. Politicians fear the markets but not the people and it is about time that was changed – its high-time that the people gave politicians something to fear again.
This is one good reason why Greeks need to take the revolutionary road but it is not the only one. The other major one is that no political party is offering them the only solution to their current hardship which is to default on its debt and start trying to rebuild the Greek economy pretty much from scratch. You can’t do that, people will say, except of course you actually can and it doesn’t seem to have done Iceland much harm. Another plus is that it will push the demand for a complete personal and global credit reset up the agenda as well.
A major part of Greece’s problem has been endemic corruption in its political system which has bled money out of the Greek economy as much as the parasitic finance sector and the speculators. Representative democracy in Greece is fundamentally and terminally broken and has become a burden for the Greek people. So, the solution is not for another round of elections but the final dissolution of the Greek Parliament, the dismissal of the representatives of all parties and the convention of a pluralist Peoples Assembly which would start the work of building new, more direct democratic structures which can start to rebuild the shattered country. The bottom line is that the Greek Parliament does not, in no way, shape or form, represent the Greek people and their will – it should therefore simply be terminated.
Greece has a proud history in terms of being at the vanguard of developing democracy – the Greek people now have a chance to put it back in that place, lets hope they do because if they do it will change the course of history and force the radical changes needed upon an insipid political class which needs to learn to fear the people again.