Thursday, November 10, 2011


It's late and I don't have time to comment much.  The two articles below from From the Greek Streets tell the tale of the coup that landed a big time Eurobanker as the top dog in Greece.  Sometimes you have to see these things to believe them.  Not only does the emperor have no clothes, neither does the Empire.  Me thinks, this may not sit so well some of the people of Greece who have this way of expressing their anger.

Junta for ever!

They’ve been paving the way for quite some time now. The Nation is in danger; an array of incomprehensible fictitious capital and speculative economics posses a very tangible threat to the livelihoods of the people. A pressing need for people to cease resisting the onslaught of capital and to line up behind whatever national saviour comes their way. A pressing need for a return so some sort of normality, anything resembling social peace, a pressing need to return to order.
In the words of a poet, “order smells of human flesh” — and, according to the anarchist slogan that tweaked those words years later, national unity has that distinctive smell, too. A serious-looking banker asks for consent and for people to bear whatever sacrifices come their way. Whoever said bankers lack a sense of humour? Even at the time of his demotion from vice-president of the European Central Bank to prime-minister of the Greek section, this humanoid finds the strength to joke about. And this, in face of one of the deepest crises capital has faced on this continent’s soil for so many years: at this exact time, sovereignty has swiftly and unhesitatingly lifted the veil of representational democracy, the veil of any democratic procedure whatsoever. What’s to surprise us?“Sovereign is he who decides on the state of exception.”
And so, they’ve decided. They’ve taken something enough of us were burbling for years and thrown it out into the open. If this isn’t fear, what is? If this isn’t our  best opportunity in a lifetime to expose the democratic regime for the shambles that it is, when would it possibly be?

Upper caption: "single-party government of national salvation". Lower caption: "multiple-party government of national salvation." From the blog Antistachef,

Lucas Papademos, of the European Central Bank, is the new prime minister in Greece: the bank d’etat is now complete

Lucas Papademos, the former vice president of the European Central Bank (only until last year) has been demoted to the position of the Greek Prime Minister. The democratic regime is finally fully revealing itself for what it is – a regime does not bother with the sham of elections when things get too tight. How desperate an attempt to maintain any resemblance of order, how doomed the ruling class seems, united in its dismay.
Lukas Papdimos is presented as a new face in poltics by corporate media, well not so new, here pictured 10 years ago when he was director of the Bank of Greece,  smiling and clapping the day Greece entered Euro-zone,  together with the then PM Costas Simitis. Papadimos became vice-president of the European Central Bank when it was funded , he was director of the Bank of Greece and senior economist in the USA  Federal Reserve,  in 2010 he was appointed unpaid consultant to to the then Prime Minister G. Papandreou, it is well known that bankers offer their help for free.

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