Repost: Oh yes, let’s please treat Greece the same way Germany was treated

This blog entry was first published about a year ago on Medium, and I’ve wanted to revisit it as we are around of the anniversary of the spike of Greek debt crisis.

Noteworthy introduction: where is Greece, and all of us, today, a year after this blog post was initially published?

In short – fucked up beyond all recognition. Greek populist ruling party which won the elections at the height of debt crisis promising to Greek people debt will be forgiven by creditors and all will be fine, Syriza, played all of their cards in order to “allow public” to change their mind – in months after this blog post was initially published on Medium, there was a referendum where Greek voters had a chance to vote for making a deal with creditors instead of trying to bail on their debt and there were even consequential elections where Syriza won the elections again despite the obvious – that they have screwed up their voters, while promising they will save their voters from the nearly impossible debt while screwing up the creditors.

The deal probably ended up to be better than defaulting on the debt, but not by much. Greek economy burdened by the debt but also incompetent government is struggling probably more than ever. Whole Syriza’s performance actually made deal with the creditors even worse than what was offered to Greece in the months ahead of the whole show, hence people of Greece are living harder than they would if Syriza did their job or has never came to power.

On the other hand, despite being a good player (and payer of the debt) according to the terms of the deal, creditors still refuse to ease the conditions of the deal for Greece. And I estimate they will continue to refuse until less populist political option is elected in some future elections in Greece, options which would actually be able to negotiate with the creditors instead of antagonizing them and antagonizing the public against the creditors.

But, in the end, Greece (luckily for it) wasn’t treated same as Germany after World War II. And despite what pundits would like you to believe, it’s actually a good thing. Why? The original post explaining that follows below, or after the click:

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There are sincere revolutions

This revolution is an US, EU, communist, capitalist, etc… propaganda

The position of the cynic is that he alone holds some piece of terrible, unvarnished wisdom. The paradigmatic cynic tells you privately, in a confidential low-key voice: “But don’t you get it that it is all really about (money/power/sex), that all high principles and values are just empty phrases which count for nothing?” What the cynics don’t see is their own naivety, the naivety of their cynical wisdom that ignores the power of illusions.
~ Slavoj Žižek, “Why cynics are wrong?”

The popular stand “self-aware” and “truth loving” inhabitants of our little planet tend to take towards smaller and bigger revolutions these days seems to be utterly cynical view how no act will change a thing. Continue reading “There are sincere revolutions”

Few thoughts on Syria, US interventionism and all that stuff

This basically started as a comment to a Facebook status of one friend who lives in US. I felt a need to make it a blog post, despite my wish to keep politics out of this blog.

Kelly asked a really good question, concerning US intervention in Syria but also a generally very good question about our democratic systems of rule:

[…] I have some questions for all of you to consider and would love to know your thoughts…

In reality, Congress is in the crosshairs on this, not the president (see above). If the polls are to be believed, roughly 80% of Americans are against military action in Syria, for a host of reasons. This week, John McCain, and many others in both houses, faced town halls filled with angry constituents, including their supporters, wanting to know why he wasn’t listening to them when they told him to vote no.

This is an extremely important question in any democracy.

If elected representatives vote against the wishes of their constituents – particularly when it appears to be a majority of those constituents who have very vocally made their wishes known – do we still have a democracy?

(I’ve edited the question, discarded 2 additional questions which have no connection to this blog post).

My comment to that post turned into 3 separate comments ranging from direct answer to Kelly’s question and all the way to why I consider intervention (or lack of it) in Syria crucial for the future of Arab world. Continue reading “Few thoughts on Syria, US interventionism and all that stuff”

2011 Census results in Croatia, and historical retrospective

During the 2011, Croatian government organized regular census of population which is made once every 10 years. And this last census brought some interesting and some even amusing figures:

  • Disturbing fact is that this census evidenced the decrease of population in Croatia during last 10 years by approximately 152.000 (152 thousand!) people (reference). For some of the big nations this wouldn’t be a big matter. But that number is close to 3% of the previous census (2001.) population. There are multiple reasons for that, but having in mind we had kind of financially prospoerous years between 2001. and 2008., main reason for this decrease is more likely everlasting low natality issue and not emigration. Although, since 2011. and in the following years, emigration is also to become major reason for national depopulation. But that’s the subject for some other blog post.
  • There are actually 6 Jews in Croatia which have declared themselves also Serbian minority (reference). I would like to meet them and buy them beer, since I’m quite convinced they have basically trolled the census workers. ;) Continue reading “2011 Census results in Croatia, and historical retrospective”