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Εγχειρίδιο χειρισμού κρίσεων λόγω πολιτικών ΔΝΤ από τη CIA! / Already confirmed: Civil liberties under attack! / Greece's creditors gone completely insane! / How the global financial mafia sucked Greece's blood / ECB's economic hitmen / Η Μέρκελ επιβεβαιώνει τα σχέδια των γραφειοφασιστών! /Greece: the low-noise collapse of an entire country/ How the neoliberal establishment tricked the masses again, this time in France / Ενώ η Γερμανία προετοιμάζεται για τα χειρότερα, η Ελλάδα επιμένει στο ευρώ! / Ένας παγκόσμιος "proxy" πόλεμος κατά της ελευθερίας έχει ξεκινήσει! / McCarthyism 2.0 against the independent information / Ο επικεφαλής του "σκιώδους συμβουλίου" της ΕΚΤ επιβεβαιώνει ότι η ευρωζώνη είναι μια χρηματοπιστωτική δικτατορία! / It has started: A global proxy war against freedom! / Βαρουφάκης: Το ΤΧΣ δεν ελέγχεται από το δημόσιο! / Δημοψήφισμα για Grexit: η τελευταία ευκαιρία να σωθεί η Ελλάδα και η τιμή της Αριστεράς / Europe crushed by the fascists, islamofascists, bureaufascists and their masters / Δεν γίνεται έτσι "σύντροφοι" ... / Panama Papers: When mainstream information wears the anti-establishment mask / The Secret Bank Bailout / The head of the ECB “shadow council” confirms that eurozone is a financial dictatorship! / A documentary by Paul Mason about the financial coup in Greece / The ruthless neo-colonialists of 21st century / First cracks to the establishment by the American people / Clinton emails - The race of the Western neo-colonialist vultures over the Libyan corpse / Επιχείρηση Panama Papers: Το κατεστημένο θέλει το μονοπώλιο και στις διαρροές; / Operation "looting of Greece" reaches final stage / Varoufakis describes how Merkel sacrificed Greece to save the Franco-German banks / France officialy enters the neo-Feudal era! / The US establishment just gave its greatest performance so far ... / A significant revelation by WikiLeaks that the media almost ignored / It's official: the US is funding Middle-East jihadists! / Οι αδίστακτοι νεο-αποικιοκράτες του 21ου αιώνα / How to handle political unrest caused by IMF policies! / Πώς το νεοφιλελεύθερο κατεστημένο ξεγέλασε τις μάζες, αυτή τη φορά στη Γαλλία / The establishment attacks Jeremy Corbyn in full force - imagine what would happen if he was truly radical

30 November, 2014

Ο σαδισμός της ΕΝΟΑ

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Την ώρα που η ευρωζώνη πασχίζει να σταθεί στα πόδια της μετά την τελευταία παγκόσμια οικονομική κρίση, η Ευρωπαϊκή Νεοφιλελεύθερη Οικονομική Αυτοκρατορία (ΕΝΟΑ) επιμένει στην δημοσιονομική πειθαρχία! Τελευταίοι "στόχοι", η Γαλλία, η Ιταλία και το Βέλγιο:

Διορία ως το Μάρτιο του 2015 έδωσε η Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή στη Γαλλία, την Ιταλία και το Βέλγιο προκειμένου να μειώσουν τα δημοσιονομικά τους ελλείμματα και να επιταχύνουν την εφαρμογή διαρθρωτικών μεταρρυθμίσεων. [...] 'Η Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή δεν θα διστάσει να αναλάβει τις ευθύνες της' στις αρχές Μαρτίου και να επιβάλλει κυρώσεις στις χώρες αυτές, στο πλαίσιο της διαδικασίας περί υπερβολικού ελλείμματος, δήλωσε ο Επίτροπος Οικονομίας Πιερ Μοσκοβισί, σημειώνοντας πάντως ότι η Επιτροπή επέλεξε να δώσει χρόνο στις τρεις χώρες και να μην επιλέξει την επιβολή κυρώσεων αμέσως.” (http://news.in.gr/economy/article/?aid=1231367151)

Είναι εκπληκτικό το γεγονός ότι η ΕΝΟΑ απειλεί να επιβάλει κυρώσεις όχι μόνο κατά της Ρωσίας, αλλά επίσης κατά των ίδιων των "επαρχιών" της! Καμία συζήτηση, φυσικά, για μέτρα ανακούφισης των εθνικών οικονομιών και των λαών. Οι σαδιστές της ΕΝΟΑ απαιτούν πιο πολύ αίμα ακόμα και από τα μέλη που αιμορραγούν περισσότερο (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/11/blog-post_28.html), αφού ο απώτερος στόχος είναι η εξασφάλιση της κυριαρχίας της πλουτοκρατίας απέναντι στην πλειοψηφία.

Το τελευταίο δεν θα πρέπει να μας εκπλήσσει, αφού ένας από τους πιο θερμούς υποστηρικτές των σαδιστικών πολιτικών κατά των λαών, είναι και ο ίδιος ο Αντώνης Σαμαράς και η κυβέρνησή του, η οποία αποτελείται από μερικούς από τους πιο φανατικά ταγμένους στο νεοφιλελεύθερο δόγμα πολιτικούς. Μετά από όλη την καταστροφή που επέφεραν τα μέτρα που επέβαλε η Τρόικα, ο Σαμαράς επιμένει στους δημοσιονομικούς στόχους. Σε μια πρόσφατη συνέντευξη δήλωσε ότι το δίλημμα είναι αν "θα μείνει η Ελλάδα στον δρόμο της εξυγίανσης, τηρώντας τους δημοσιονομικούς της στόχους και συνεχίζοντας τις μεταρρυθμίσεις, ή θα επιστρέψει στην εποχή των ελλειμμάτων και στην ανατροπή των μεταρρυθμίσεων". (http://www.athina984.gr/node/315901) Οι δημοσιονομικοί στόχοι είναι πάνω από τους ανθρώπους.

Ο αυτοκρατορικός μετασχηματισμός της ΕΕ φαίνεται καθαρά και στον τρόπο με τον οποίο μιλούν τα υψηλόβαθμα στελέχη της που βρίσκονται κοντά στον "αυτοκράτορα": "Όπως δήλωσε ο πρόεδρος της Επιτροπής, Ζαν-Κλοντ Γιούνκερ, σε συνέντευξη που παραχώρησε σε τρεις ευρωπαϊκές εφημερίδες: 'Επέλεξα να μην επιβάλω κυρώσεις. Θα ήταν εύκολο να τιμωρήσουμε τις χώρες που δεν σέβονται τους κανόνες του Συμφώνου, όμως προτίμησα να τις αφήσω να μιλήσουν και να τις ακούσω'." (http://news.in.gr/economy/article/?aid=1231367151) Ο "αριστοκράτης άρχοντας" πρέπει να δείχνει που και που κατανόηση απέναντι στους "υπηκόους" του!

Είναι ο ίδιος άνθρωπος στον οποίο δόθηκε "άφεση αμαρτιών" για το μέγα σκάνδαλο "Luxleaks" (http://www.koutipandoras.gr/article/127899/katapsifistike-i-protasi-momfis-kata-gioynker-gia-luxleaks), από την πλειοψηφία του Ευρωπαϊκού κοινοβουλίου που αποτελείται από μια πολιτική ελίτ άρρηκτα συνδεδεμένη και εξαρτημένη από τα λόμπι και τα συμφέροντα που αντιπροσωπεύουν. Είναι ο ίδιος άνθρωπος που δήλωσε ανοιχτά ότι οι ομάδες συμφερόντων στην ΕΕ είναι κάτι το αναπόφευκτο! (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/05/blog-post_21.html)

Εντωμεταξύ, τα προβλήματα χρέους, φτώχειας, ανεργίας και ανισότητας συνεχίζουν να συσσωρεύονται στην Ευρωπαϊκή περιφέρεια και αρχίζουν να απειλούν σοβαρά και τις χώρες του πυρήνα της ευρωζώνης. Χιλιάδες απελπισμένοι πρόσφυγες παγιδεύονται στην χρεοκοπημένη Ελλάδα, με την "Αυτοκρατορία" να κλείνει τα μάτια και τα αυτιά της, σαν να μην υπάρχουν.

Οι αξιωματούχοι της "Αυτοκρατορίας" επιμένουν στην πιο συντηρητική και άκαμπτη στάση απέναντι στο "τσουνάμι" των προβλημάτων. Αλλά τελικά η στάση αυτή, θα συμβάλει ενδεχομένως καθοριστικά στην κατάρρευση της ίδιας της "Αυτοκρατορίας". Μια μεγάλη μάχη πρόκειται να αρχίσει ...

The ENEE sadism

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At the same time where eurozone is struggling to get back on its feet due to accumulated problems since the latest global financial crisis, the European Neoliberal Economic Empire (ENEE) insists on fiscal discipline! France, Italy and Belgium have been targeted this time:

The European Union has threatened to impose sanctions on France, Italy, and Belgium should they fail to bring their bloated budgets under the ceiling allowed by the EU. On Friday, the bloc gave the three an extra three months until March to fix their budgets. [...] Authorities in France, Italy and Belgium have promised to implement economic overhauls to shore up their public finances. So far, no country in the eurozone, which groups 18 countries, has come under sanction for failing to respect the EU's deficit target.”


It is amazing that the ENEE is threatening to impose sanctions not only against Russia, but also against its own “provinces”! No question of taking relief measures for the national economies and the people of course. The ENEE sadists request more blood even from the most bleeding members (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/11/demanding-more-blood-from-devastated.html) because the ultimate goal is to secure the total dominance of plutocracy over the majority.

And this is something that should not surprise us because one of the most dedicated supporter of the sadistic policies against people, is the Greek PM and his government, consisting of some of the most fanatically attached to the neoliberal doctrine politicians. After all the disaster of the Troika imposed measures, the Greek PM, Antonis Samaras insists on the fiscal targets. In a recent interview he stated that the dilemma is "whether Greece will stay on the path of sanitation by maintaining its fiscal targets and reforms, or will return to the age of deficits and subversion of the reforms." (http://www.athina984.gr/node/315901) People are of no importance against fiscal targets.

The imperial transformation of the EU can be clearly seen also in the words of the high ranking officials close to the "emperor" : “'I made a choice not to sanction because that would have been easy,' EC President Jean-Claude Juncker told journalists from a group of European newspapers.” (http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/11/28/387901/eu-threatens-3-countries-with-sanctions/) The "aristocrat" should show compassion once in a while to his "nationals"!

He is the same man who recently survived a no-confidence vote after the "Luxleaks" big scandal because a big part of the EU parliament political elite devotedly connected to the lobbyists and their interests. He is the same man who openly admitted that groups of interests in the EU are unavoidable! (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/05/juncker-verhofstadt-lobbies-and-groups.html)

Meanwhile, the problems of debt, poverty, unemployment and inequality continue to grow in the European periphery and started to threaten the most developed countries of the eurozone core. Thousands of desperate refugees are trapped in the bankrupted Greece with the "Empire" closing its eyes and ears as if they don't exist.

The officials of the "Empire" insist on the most conservative and inflexible stance against the "tsunami" of problems. Yet, this could also become the main cause for its final collapse soon. The battle is about to begin ...

Germany’s foreign intelligence accused of spying on own citizens abroad

BND, Germany’s foreign intelligence service, used a loophole in the law to snoop on the country’s citizens living abroad from 2000 to 2005, the former agency’s lawyer told German MPs.”

Usually, there is law 'G10' which specifies high legal hurdles to cover before spying on German citizens, including when they live abroad. If these requirements aren’t met, then the data on them should be filtered from foreign communications received by BND. However, Dr. Stefan Burbaum told parliament about a loophole: a person was named 'office holder' if targeted.”

BND also breached 'G10' legislation regarding telecom traffic, retaining some content the service hadn’t been authorized to check. So the law was turned into a 'foot in the door' for some data they wouldn’t have been able to get otherwise, Burbaum said.”

The revelation comes shortly after the German government signed a 'no-spying contract' with Canadian smartphone company Blackberry. Under the agreement, German authorities are to audit Blackberry software. The company also has to reveal if they provide users’ information to foreign intelligence.”

More:

29 November, 2014

291114 PUDI report

Regular reports on the growing Poverty, Unemployment, Debt and Inequality of the neo-capitalist world

Italy:

Bad news from Italy... the country’s jobless rate has jumped to a new record high.”

The Italian jobless rate jumped to 13.2% last month, as its recession continues to wreck havoc in its economy. This is the first time it’s been over 13% since records began in 1977.

Statistics body Istat reports that the number of people in employment fell by 0.2% in October, to 22.374m. The unemployment total surged by 2.7%, to 3.410.”

And young people remained in the firing line -- the youth unemployment rate rose to 43.3%, from 42.5% last month.”


28 November, 2014

Απαιτώντας περισσότερο αίμα από μια κατεστραμμένη χώρα

Γιατί επιμένουν και γιατί τώρα

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Οι τελευταίες διαπραγματεύσεις μεταξύ των αξιωματούχων της Ελληνικής κυβέρνησης και της τρόικας στο Παρίσι κατέληξαν, εν μέρει, σε αδιέξοδο, ή αυτή ήταν τουλάχιστον η εικόνα που ήθελαν να περάσουν τα συστημικά μίντια στην Ελλάδα.

Η σκληρή στάση της τρόικας απέναντι στην Ελλάδα, με το ΔΝΤ να παίζει πάλι το ρόλο του πιο σκληρού, έχει δύο βασικούς στόχους. Ο πρώτος στόχος είναι να βοηθήσει την κυβέρνηση να βγάλει την εικόνα προς τους ψηφοφόρους ότι δήθεν διαπραγματεύεται και ότι αντιστέκεται σε ορισμένες απαιτήσεις των δανειστών.

Άλλωστε, δεν είναι η πρώτη φορά που διεξάγονται παρόμοιες "επιχειρήσεις αποπροσανατολισμού": “Σκηνοθετημένες διαφωνίες μεταξύ κυβερνητικών αξιωματούχων και τροϊκανών. Χρησιμεύουν στο να πείσουν τους πολίτες ότι η κυβέρνηση αντιστέκεται και δεν λέει 'ναι σε όλα' απέναντι στην τρόϊκα. Καθώς τα μέτρα που θέλουν οι δανειστές έχουν ήδη αποφασιστεί και συμφωνηθεί, προβλέπεται ότι οι τροϊκανοί θα υποχωρήσουν τελικά σε ορισμένα τουλάχιστον από αυτά τα επιπλέον μέτρα που απαιτούν, ώστε να φανεί ότι η Ελληνική κυβέρνηση διαπραγματεύτηκε και προέβαλε αντίσταση. Ότι παραπάνω κερδίσουν, τόσο το καλύτερο για την συνέχιση της διεξαγωγής του πειράματος.” (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2012/10/blog-post_5.html)

Ο δεύτερος στόχος των δανειστών είναι να στείλουν ένα ακόμη σήμα προς τον ΣΥΡΙΖΑ που φαίνεται να σταθεροποιείται στην πρώτη θέση, με βάση όλες τις δημοσκοπήσεις, αλλά επίσης και προς τις άλλες Αριστερές δυνάμεις στην Ευρώπη που βρίσκονται σε σημαντική άνοδο (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/11/blog-post_39.html), ότι δεν πρόκειται να ανεχθούν μια διαφορετική προσέγγιση, διαφορετικές πολιτικές από αυτές που οι ίδιοι επιβάλουν, έτσι ώστε να ολοκληρωθεί "επιτυχώς" το πείραμα στην Ελλάδα έως το τέλος του 2016, σύμφωνα με το χρονοδιάγραμμα που έχουν θέσει.

Καθώς θα πλησιάζουμε προς τις εκλογές για Πρόεδρο της Δημοκρατίας, η παρούσα κυβέρνηση θα προσπαθήσει με κάθε τρόπο να αποφύγει ένα "ατύχημα" εθνικών εκλογών. Η υπόθεση "Ξουλίδου", άσχετα αν αποδειχθεί ή όχι, αποτελεί μια ένδειξη κινητοποίησης του συστημικού κατεστημένου προς αυτή την κατεύθυνση. (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/10/blog-post_13.html)

Τα μηνύματα των εκπροσώπων της Ευρωπαϊκής νεοφιλελεύθερης οικονομικής αυτοκρατορίας (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/10/blog-post_16.html), αναμένεται επίσης να πυκνώσουν όσο πλησιάζουμε προς αυτές τις εκλογές. Η "αγωνία" τους να καταστήσουν σαφές, με κάθε τρόπο και προς πάσα κατεύθυνση ότι δεν θα ανεχθούν άλλες πολιτικές από αυτές της νεοφιλελεύθερης καταστροφής, θα μπορούσαν να εξηγηθούν από το γεγονός ότι ο ΣΥΡΙΖΑ δεν είναι πλέον απομονωμένος στην Ευρώπη και η γενική άνοδος της Ευρωπαϊκής Αριστεράς, προς το παρόν τουλάχιστον, είναι μάλλον "μη-διαχειρίσιμη". Αυτό σημαίνει ότι θα μπορούσε να θέσει σε κίνδυνο ολόκληρο το σχέδιο, που είναι η επέκταση του Ελληνικού πειράματος σε όλη την Ευρώπη.

Πρόκειται να διεξαχθεί μια μεγάλη μάχη σύντομα και κανείς δεν γνωρίζει την έκβασή της. Το σίγουρο είναι ότι τον πιο καθοριστικό ρόλο στην έκβαση αυτή θα τον παίξουν οι ίδιοι οι λαοί της Ευρώπης.

Demanding more blood from a devastated country

Why they persist and why now

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Latest negotiations between Greek officials and Troika lenders in Paris ended without final agreement for the moment, or at least this is the picture that the mainstream media wanted to pass.

The hard stance of Troika against Greece, with the IMF playing again the role of the toughest of all, has two main goals. The first goal is to allow the government officials to give the impression that they negotiate and resist against Troika's demands. Some statements are characteristic:

Greece’s international lenders have put the country under pressure to impose new austerity measures in a bid to resolve an ongoing budget disagreement, a Greek official says. Negotiator Christos Protopapas, a former union leader and Socialist labor minister, made the remarks on Thursday after attending two-day talks in the French capital, Paris, this week with representatives from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The negotiations, however, did not succeed in resolving the standoff. He added that the creditors are still in conflict with the government in Athens over deficit projections in the 2015 budget. 'What they're saying is that they don't believe the budget will work and that we should follow the well-trodden road of cutting pensions and higher taxes,' he told private Skai television, adding, 'Our response is that we won't take new measures that will further burden the average citizen.'”


It is not the first time that such a "disorientation operation" is conducted: “Contrived disagreements between government officials and representatives of the troika. Are used to persuade the public that the government resists against some of the troika demands without saying 'yes to all'”. (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2012/10/some-methods-of-disorientation-in-greek.html)

The second goal of the Troika lenders is to send one more signal to the Leftist party SYRIZA in Greece, which seems that is taking a steady first place in all polls, as well as, to other Leftist powers in Europe which are on rise (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/11/european-leftist-domino-already-started.html), that they will not tolerate a different approach or policies other than those imposed by them for the "successful" completion of the Greek experiment by the end of 2016, according to the timeline they have set.

The time of these messages is not accidental. As we approach closer to the elections for the President of the Republic in Greece, the current government will struggle to avoid national elections in case it will fail to gather the necessary number of 180 MPs required to elect a new President of the Republic. There are signs that the systemic establishment will do everything to avoid such a situation: http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/11/breaking-opposition-party-in-greece.html

The messages to all directions by the European neoliberal economic empire officials (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/11/angelas-double-message.html) are expected to be increased as we approach these crucial presidential elections in Greece. Their anxiety to make clear that they will not tolerate different policies other than those of neoliberal catastrophe, could be explained by the fact that SYRIZA is not isolated in Europe and this general rise of the European Left is probably not "manageable", therefore, it could set in danger the whole plan, which is the expansion of the Greek experiment throughout Europe. There is a huge battle coming up and no one knows its ending, but those who will play the most significant role are the European people themselves.

The oil-war on Russia

Russia’s national currency, the ruble, has hit a historic low following a decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to maintain its current oil output level of 30 million barrels per day.”

OPEC 'decided to maintain the production level of 30 million barrels per day,' which it has kept for three years, during its latest meeting, the oil exporter group said in a communiqué after the 166th ministerial meeting of the 12-nation organization. The announcement sent global oil prices dropping to fresh four-year lows. Crude prices have fallen by 35 percent since June.

OPEC was under pressure from some of its members, notably Venezuela and Ecuador, to cut output to reduce supplies and push prices back up. However, the call was rejected by some Persian Gulf members.


After the official visit of the US President Barack Obama to Riyadh, there were rumors that the two countries were planning to 'drown' global market in oil, in order to reduce prices up to 12 dollars per barrel and hit Russia economically. The plan was mentioned even by George Soros, during a speech in Berlin, while Philip Verleger, former consultant under Ford and Carter administrations, estimated that in case that the United States alone would add in the market 500,000 barrels from their strategic deposits, the economic cost for Moscow would reach 40 billion dollars, or, 2% of the Russian economy. The economy of Iran would had receive a proportional hit. The target of such an operation, at least according to the related scenario, would be to strike the two key pylons supporting the Syrian regime, that is Moscow and Tehran, and open the road for Assad's overthrow. Despite the fact that Iran, under the leadership of Rouhani who is friendly to the West, didn't support Syria as someone should expect, and Russia didn't rise tension for the same matter, the two countries remained the basic barriers for Saudi Arabia.

27 November, 2014

Further evidence of mistrust between "traditional allies"

Complex malware known as Regin is the suspected technology behind sophisticated cyberattacks conducted by U.S. and British intelligence agencies on the European Union and a Belgian telecommunications company, according to security industry sources and technical analysis conducted by The Intercept.”

Regin was found on infected internal computer systems and email servers at Belgacom, a partly state-owned Belgian phone and internet provider, following reports last year that the company was targeted in a top-secret surveillance operation carried out by British spy agency Government Communications Headquarters, industry sources told The Intercept.”

The malware, which steals data from infected systems and disguises itself as legitimate Microsoft software, has also been identified on the same European Union computer systems that were targeted for surveillance by the National Security Agency.

The hacking operations against Belgacom and the European Union were first revealed last year through documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The specific malware used in the attacks has never been disclosed, however.”

Ronald Prins, a security expert whose company Fox IT was hired to remove the malware from Belgacom’s networks, told The Intercept that it was 'the most sophisticated malware' he had ever studied.

In a hacking mission codenamed Operation Socialist, GCHQ gained access to Belgacom’s internal systems in 2010 by targeting engineers at the company. The agency secretly installed so-called malware 'implants' on the employees’ computers by sending their internet connection to a fake LinkedIn page. The malicious LinkedIn page launched a malware attack, infecting the employees’ computers and giving the spies total control of their systems, allowing GCHQ to get deep inside Belgacom’s networks to steal data.

The implants allowed GCHQ to conduct surveillance of internal Belgacom company communications and gave British spies the ability to gather data from the company’s network and customers, which include the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the European Council.

Based on an analysis of the malware samples, Regin appears to have been developed over the course of more than a decade; The Intercept has identified traces of its components dating back as far as 2003. Regin was mentioned at a recent Hack.lu conference in Luxembourg, and Symantec’s report on Sunday said the firm had identified Regin on infected systems operated by private companies, government entities, and research institutes in countries such as Russia, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Ireland, Belgium, and Iran.

Der Spiegel reported that, according to Snowden documents, the computer networks of the European Union were infiltrated by the NSA in the months before the first discovery of Regin.

Further info and detailed analysis of the malware:


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A second consequence for the US deep state would be the loss of Europe in the new Cold War. Except from Britons, who have traditional deep ties and common interests with the US, the rest of Europe could slip to the Sino-Russian bloc which grows rapidly in the military and economic field and increasingly gaining independence from the Western economic system, attracting other countries too.

Σοβαρές απειλές κατά Βαξεβάνη-Νοδάρου σε ηχητικά από επίσημες υποκλοπές

Ευθείες απειλές κατά της ζωής των δημοσιογράφων Κώστα Βαξεβάνη και Μάκη Νοδάρου εκτοξεύουν με μίσος μέσα από την φυλακή σε συνομιλίες με συνεργάτες τους τα μέλη της εγκληματικής οργάνωσης της Ηλείας που εξαρθρώθηκε μετά από την πολύμηνη έρευνα και τα ρεπορτάζ του περιοδικού HOT DOC.”

Μέσα από το ογκώδες υλικό της ανάλυσης ψηφιακών δεδομένων του συστήματος νόμιμων επισυνδέσεων της Διεύθυνσης Αντιμετώπισης Ειδικών Εγκλημάτων Βίας, αλλά και την ανάλυση στοιχείων από τον ηλεκτρονικό υπολογιστή του προφυλακισμένου εργολάβου, προκύπτουν σοβαρότατα στοιχεία που στοιχειοθετούν άμεση απειλή κατά της ζωής των δύο δημοσιογράφων. Το εντυπωσιακό είναι πως, παρότι οι δύο δημοσιογράφοι έχουν δεχθεί ήδη επιθέσεις, η ΕΛ.ΑΣ. δεν θεώρησε αναγκαίο να τους ενημερώσει για το περιεχόμενο των υποκλοπών και τις νέες απειλές. Ακόμη και την απειλή κατά της ζωής τους την έμαθαν κατά τη διάρκεια ρεπορτάζ, διαβάζοντας μια δικογραφία. Σοβαρές είναι οι ευθύνες των αστυνομικών αρχών, οι οποίες φρουρούν εκατοντάδες δημοσιογράφους, ακόμη και σκανδαλοθηρικών εντύπων, αλλά δεν θεώρησαν αναγκαίο ούτε να προστατεύσουν ούτε καν να ενημερώσουν τους δημοσιογράφους.”

Από την ανάλυση των ανωτέρω στοιχείων προκύπτει επίσης η στοχοποίηση των δημοσιογράφων του ραδιοφωνικού σταθμού Ionion fm Γιώτας Αργυροπούλου και Δημήτρη Κολόκα που συνέδραμαν με τα ρεπορτάζ στην έρευνα για την εξάρθρωση του κυκλώματος.”

Στο ίδιο υλικό τα μέλη της εγκληματικής οργάνωσης φέρονται να στοχοποιούν και εκφράζονται απαξιωτικά, υβριστικά και εχθρικά για τον εισαγγελέα του Πύργου και την βουλευτή του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ στην Ηλεία Εφη Σαλτάρη. Εντύπωση προκαλεί το υλικό των φωτογραφιών που είχαν 'τραβήξει' τα μέλη της εγκληματικής οργάνωσης από σελίδα κοινωνικής δικτύωσης, σε κάποιες από τις οποίες απεικονίζεται ο δημοσιογράφος Μάκης Νοδάρος συγγενικό του πρόσωπο, και οι δημοσιογράφοι Γιώτα Αργυροπούλου από το Ionion fm, Γιώργος Μαρινόπουλος της ΕΡΤ, Γιάννης Σπηρούνης διαχειριστής της ενημερωτικής ιστοσελίδας Ilialive και δημοσιογράφος της εφημερίδας 'Πρωϊνή', οι οποίοι είχαν αναδείξει με ρεπορτάζ την παραβατική συμπεριφορά του εργολάβου στην Ηλεία.”

Τα μέλη της εγκληματικής οργάνωσης, με βάση τα στοιχεία που προέκυψαν από την νόμιμη παρακολούθηση των τηλεφώνων τους, με πρωτοφανές μίσος κάνουν λόγο για 'ανθρώπους της νύχτας', για 'κόψιμο λαιμών' και για 'μοντάρισμα' των ενοχλητικών δημοσιογράφων.”

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Neoliberal Violence in the Age of Orwellian Nightmares

The Struggle Against Dystopia

by Henry A. Giroux

(Part IΙI)

Democracy is not compatible with capitalism but is congruent with a version of democratic socialism in which the wealth, resources, and benefits of a social order are shared in an equitable and just manner. Democracy as a promise means that society can never be just enough and that the self-reflection and struggles that enable all members of the community to participate in the decisions and institutions that shape their lives must be continually debated, safeguarded, and preserved at all costs. The rebuilding of a radical democracy must be accompanied with placing a high priority on renewing the social contract, embracing the demands of the commons, encouraging social investments, and the regeneration of the social contract. These are only a few of the issues that should be a central goal for the development of a broad-based radical social movement. I want to emphasize that I am not suggesting that developing a new understanding of politics as a call to reclaim a radical democracy be understood as simply a pragmatic adjustment of the institutions of liberal democracy or a return to the social democracy of the New Deal and Great Society.

On the contrary, any rethinking of the political can only be comprehended as part of a radical break from liberalism and formalistic politics if there is to be any move towards a genuine democracy in which matters of equality, power, and justice are central to what can be called a radical democratic politics. Such a task necessitates a politics and pedagogy that not only expands critical awareness and promotes critical modes of inquiry but also sustains public spheres, builds new modes of solidarity and connections and promotes strategies and organizations that create not simply ruptures such as massive demonstrations but real changes that are systemic and long standing. If such a politics is to make any difference, it must be worldly; that is, it must incorporate a critical public pedagogy and an understanding of cultural politics that not only contemplates social problems but also addresses the conditions for new forms of democratic political exchange and enables new forms of agency, power, and collective struggle. The collapse of the United States into neoliberal authoritarianism signals not simply a crisis of politics and democracy, but a crisis of ideas, values, and agency itself. Hence, calling for a revival of the educative nature of politics and the radical imagination is more than a simply call to find ways to change consciousness; it is first and foremost an attempt to understand that education is at the center of a struggle over what kinds of agency will be created in the interest of legitimating the present and producing a particular kind of future. This is an imminently educative, moral, and political task and it is only through such recognition that initial steps can be taken to challenge the powerful ideological and affective spaces through which neoliberalism produces the desires, identities, and values that bind people to its forms of predatory governance.

The moral, political, and economic violence of neoliberalism must be made visible, its institutional structures dismantled, and the elite interests it serves exposed. The fog of historical, social and political amnesia must be eliminated through the development of educational programs, pedagogical practices, ideological interventions, and public narratives that provide the critical and analytical tools to enable the public to analyze both underlying ideologies and institutions of neoliberal capitalism as well as the intellectual and economic resources needed to provide meaningful alternatives to the corporate authoritarianism that passes itself off as an updated mode of democracy. What is important here is that the struggle against neoliberalism focus on those forms of domination that pose a threat to those public spheres essential to developing the critical formative cultures that nourish modes of thinking, analysis, and social formations necessary for a radical democracy.

In addition, the left has to do more than chart out the mechanisms through which neoliberal authoritarianism sustains itself. And for too many on the left this means simply understanding the economic forces that drive neoliberal global capitalism. While this structural logic is important, it does not go far enough. As Stuart Hall has insisted “There’s no politics without identification. People have to invest something of themselves, something that they recognize is meaningful to them, or speaks to their condition and without that moment of recognition” any effort to change the way people inhabit social relations of domination will fail. Pierre Bourdieu takes this logic further in arguing that left has often failed to recognize “that the most important forms of domination are not only economic but also intellectual and pedagogical, and lie on the side of belief and persuasion.” He insists, rightly, that it is crucial for the left and other progressives to recognize that intellectuals bear an enormous responsibility for challenging this form of domination by developing tactics “that lie on the side of the symbolic and pedagogical dimensions of struggle.”

If neoliberal authoritarianism is to be challenged and overcome, it is crucial that intellectuals, unions, workers, young people, and various social movements unite to reclaim democracy as a central element in fashioning a radical imagination that foregrounds the necessity for drastically altering the material and symbolic forces that hide behind a counterfeit claim to participatory democracy. This means imagining a radical democracy that can provide a living wage, decent health care, public works, and massive investments in education, child care, housing for the poor, along with a range of other crucial social provisions that can make a difference between living and dying for those who have been cast into the ranks of the disposable.

There are new signs indicating that the search for a new understanding of politics and the refashioning of a radical imagination are emerging, especially in Greece, Germany, Spain, and Denmark, where expressions of new political formations can be found in political groups such as Podemos, Die Linke, Syriza, and the Red-Green Alliance. While these political formations have differences, what they share is a rejection of stale reformism that has marked liberal politics for the last 40 years. These new political formations are offering alternatives to a new kind of social order in which capitalism does not equal democracy. But more importantly, they are not tied merely to unions and older political factions and are uniting with social movements under a broad and comprehensive vision of politics and change that goes beyond identity politics and organizes for the long haul. Moreover, as Juan Pablo Ferrero points out, these parties not only take seriously the need for economic change but also the need for new cultural formations and modes of change. The struggle against neoliberal common sense is as important as the struggle against those institutions and material modes of capital that are the foundation of traditional politics of resistance. Language, communication, and pedagogy are crucial to these movements as part of their attempt to construct a new kind of informed and critical political agent, one freed from the orbits of neoliberal privatization and the all-embracing reach of a commodified and militarized society.

What Podemos, Syriza, and other new political movements on the left make clear is that the fight against neoliberalism and the related anti-democratic tendencies that inform it must not settle for simply reforming the existing parameters of the social order. Neoliberalism has created an economic, cultural, and social system and social order that is not only as broken as it is dangerous, but also pathological in the violence and misery it produces. Any viable struggle must acknowledge that if the current modes of domination are to change, a newly developed emphasis must be placed on creating the formative culture that inspires and energizes young people, educators, artists, and others to organize and struggle for the promise of a substantive democracy.

At the same time, particular injustices must be understood through the specificity of the conditions in which they develop and take hold and also in relation to the whole of the social order. This means developing modes of analyses capable of connecting isolated and individualized issues to more generalized notions of freedom, and developing theoretical frameworks in which it becomes possible to translate private troubles into broader more systemic conditions. At the very least, a new political imaginary suggests developing modes of analyses that connects the dots. This is a particularly important goal given that the fragmentation of the left has been partly responsible for its inability to develop a wide political and ideological umbrella to address a range of problems extending from extreme poverty, the assault on the environment, the emergence of the permanent warfare state, the abolition of voting rights, the assault on public servants, women’s rights, and social provisions, and a range of other issues that erode the possibilities for a radical democracy. Neoliberalism stands for the death of democracy and the commodification and repression of any movement that is going to successfully challenge it.

One of the most serious challenges facing progressives is the task of developing a discourse of both critique and possibility. This means insisting that democracy begins to fail and political life becomes impoverished in the absence of those vital public spheres such as higher education in which civic values, public scholarship, and social engagement allow for a more imaginative grasp of a future that takes seriously the demands of justice, equity, and civic courage. Such a challenge demands not only confronting symptoms as a way of decreasing the misery and human suffering that people experience on a daily basis, but most importantly addressing the root causes that produce the despotism and culture of cruelty that marks the current period. The time has come to develop a political language in which civic values, social responsibility, and the institutions that support them become central to invigorating and fortifying a new era of civic imagination, and a renewed sense of social agency. A revitalized politics for imagining a radical democracy must promote an impassioned international social movement with a vision, organization, and set of strategies to challenge the neoliberal nightmare engulfing the planet. The dystopian worlds of Orwell and Huxley are sutured in fear, atomization, and a paralyzing anxiety. Unfortunately, these dystopian visions are no longer works of fiction. The task ahead is to relegate them to the realm of dystopian fiction so they can remind us that a radical democracy is not simply a political project, but a way of life that has to be struggled over endlessly.


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The Left, was not able to find the suitable material inside the ongoing apolitical generations. A material, with which could rebuild and create a totally autonomous political language. A language, totally independent from capitalistic terms.

Empower Women to End World Hunger

A new report from the Bread for the World Institute entitled 'When Women Flourish…We Can End Hunger,' states that women and girls are disproportionately affected by hunger and poverty because of discrimination practices against them.”

There are several ways in which discrimination against women is carried out. Discrimination is behind women farmers working with fewer productive resources than their male counterparts. It also explains why women in all sectors of the economy earn less than men, and why girls are taken out of school to work or to marry.”

Discrimination against women is a major cause of persistent hunger. In developing countries, most women work in subsistence farming; in spite of that, however, women farmers work with much fewer resources than men. According to World Bank statistics, if female farmers had the same access to productive resources as male farmers, agricultural output could increase by 2.5 to 4 percent.”

Policies and programs that empower women increase not only their earning potential; they also directly contribute to ending hunger. Providing women more resources could bring the number of hungry people in the world down by 100-150 million people, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO.)”

Although most national constitutions prohibit discrimination against women, there is still a wide gap between what governments say they do to eliminate gender inequities, and what they actually do in practice.”

Children are also affected. In many developing countries tradition dictates that women eat last, after all the male members and the children in the family are fed. In spite of that, however, 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry, 23 among them in Africa alone. According to the Hunger Project, every 10 seconds a child dies from hunger-related diseases at world level, and a third of all childhood death in sub-Saharan Africa is caused by hunger.”


Full Report

26 November, 2014

Angela's double message

On the same side with the lobbyists and eurocrats, on the opposite side of the European people

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Message to European people:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday warned that Europe could slide back into recession, German newspaper Frankfurt Allgemeine reported. 'If we do not want to be left behind by the growth markets, then Europe has to hurry up,' Merkel told a conference of European family entrepreneurs here. [...] Given the increasing weight of Asia in the global economy, 'Europe is no longer the measure of all things,' said Merkel.”


Translation:

The Dutch finance minister and Eurogroup chairman, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, stated that Germany must do more to enhance its competitiveness, mentioned reforms implemented by Spain, Portugal and Ireland in recent years, adding that Berlin would be well-advised not to rest on its laurels. [...] Germany becomes now a key factor for the desirable federalization of the eurozone through an unprecedented 'haircut' of the social state, labor rights, pensions and salaries, in the name of the fiscal discipline and competitiveness.”


In overpopulated developing countries there are huge potential consumer tanks. Their consuming power will rise and the complete automatization of the production there will take decades. However, the suitable conditions should be created first, in the aged and saturated West, in order a limit in wages to be established and the expansion of the Western social state model to be prevented because all these things mean an additional cost for the global economic oligarchy:”


Message to the lobbyists:

She [Angela Merkel] called for an early conclusion of ongoing trade agreement negotiations with Canada and the United States. [...] She noted that opportunities may outweigh risks once the free-trade agreements with Canada and United States are put into place.”


Canadian subsidiaries of US-headquartered multinationals will also be able to use CETA to sue European governments, even if the EU eventually excludes or limits investor-state dispute settlement within the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently under negotiation with the US. This is particularly worrying for Europeans as US corporations dominate the Canadian economy.”

Breaking: Opposition party in Greece claims MPs were offered bribes to vote for new president!

Panos Kammenos the leader of the right-wing Independent Greeks party (ANEL) claimed that governing New Democracy attempted to bribe an MP of his party in order to secure her vote for the election of a new President of the Hellenic Republic.”

In a television interview Kammenos said that three months ago a member of new Democracy approached the MP offering three million euros to secure their vote.”

The Greek Parliament is set to vote for a new President of the Republic in March and the governing coalition is struggling to amass at least 180 votes needed to elect a president and avoid snap elections.”

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The collapsing government in panic, tries to find ways to surpass the second biggest barrier in about four months for the election of the new President of Greece to replace Karolos Papoulias. Today, Samaras' coalition managed to collect marginally 155 votes, but according to the Greek constitution, at least 180 votes in the parliament required for the election of the President of Greece, otherwise the country should proceed in national elections. [...] Some independent MPs in the Greek parliament declared that the election of the President of Greece in February 2015 is a different case and left an open door to approach government until then, having in mind, of course, to request for some "rewards".

Official: Ultimate goal the "fascistization" of power!

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When you hear the following words by a University deputy rector, there is no doubt, anymore, about where things go:

We who have positions in power should be 'fascistized'. I don't see how the Greeks can change otherwise. When you overreact, you should get a slap on the face and calm down, as it happens in Germany, Canada, Australia and all the serious countries of the world. We can't vote for laws and not follow them." (http://www.thepressproject.gr/article/69574/Antiprutanis-APTh-Prepei-na-fasistopoiithoume-Na-tros-mia-sfaliara-gia-na-summazeuesai)

The symbolism is very powerful. The traditional factor of resistance against authoritarianism, which is the student community and youth must be dealt through "preventive suppression" prior to the new extreme measures against the majority, according to the timeline of the Greek experiment.

There is no time, or reason, for someone to hide behind moderate expressions. The message must be clear and direct. A member of the academic community speaks directly about the "fascistization" of power and "slap on the face" of a society, being systematically impoverished. Current conditions do not allow the "luxury" to an academic retain his language to a certain level, because the objective goal is finally the "slap", the punishment, the suppression.

The creation of a "serious" society through culture, education and way of behaving becomes unnecessary, and the picture of a man from the academic community who speaks through a fascist way, becomes something of little importance.

The statement belongs to professor Ioannis Tzifopoulos, was made in a local TV channel discussion and revealed by a group of philosophy students. After the revelation, Tzifopoulos resigned as deputy rector of Thessaloniki's Aristotle University.(http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_25/11/2014_544901)

Despite his resignation, also after the reaction of the Students' Association of Philology of Thessaloniki's Aristotle University, the specific statement is of particular "importance" for someone to understand the plans for our future by a system that is driven increasingly faster towards extreme authoritarianism.

Neoliberal Violence in the Age of Orwellian Nightmares

The Struggle Against Dystopia

by Henry A. Giroux

(Part IΙ)

Neoliberalism’s disimagination machines, extending from schools to print, audio, and screen cultures, are now used to serve the forces of ethical tranquilization as they produce and legitimate endless degrading and humiliating images of the poor, youthful protesters, and others considered disposable. The public pedagogy and market-driven values of neoliberalism constitute a war zone that suppresses any vestige of critical thought while creating the conditions and policies for expanding the boundaries of terminal exclusion. Viewed as unworthy of civic inclusion, immigrants, youth, protesters and others deemed alien or hostile to the mechanizations of privatization, consumption, and commodification are erased from any viable historical and political context. Such groups now fill the landscape of neoliberalism’s dream world. Vast numbers of the American public are now subject to repressive modes of power that criminalize their behavior and relegates them to those public spaces that accelerate their invisibility while exposing them to the harsh machinery of social death.

The neoliberal politics of disposability with its expanding machineries of civic and social death, terminal exclusion, and zones of abandonment constitute a new historical conjuncture and must be addressed within the emergence of a ruthless form of casino capitalism, which is constituted not only as an economic system but also a pedagogical force rewriting the meaning of common sense, agency, desire, and politics itself. The capitalist dream machine is back with huge profits for the ultra-rich, hedge fund managers, and major players in the financial service industries. In these new landscapes of wealth, exclusion, and fraud, the commanding institutions of a savage and fanatical capitalism promote a winner-take-all ethos and aggressively undermine the welfare state while waging a counter revolution against the principles of social citizenship and democracy.

Politics and power are now on the side of lawlessness as is evident in the state’s endless violations of civil liberties, freedom of speech, and the most constitutional rights, mostly done in the name of national security. Lawlessness wraps itself in repressive government policies such as the Patriot Act, the National Defense Authorization Act, Military Commissions, and a host of other legal illegalities. These would include the “right of the president “to order the assassination of any citizen whom he considers allied with terrorists,” use secret evidence to detain individuals indefinitely, develop a massive surveillance panoptican to monitor every communication used by citizens who have not committed a crime, employ state torture against those considered enemy combatants, and block the courts from prosecuting those officials who commit such heinous crimes. The ruling corporate elites have made terror rational and fear the modus operandi of politics.

Power in its most repressive forms is now deployed not only by the police and other forces of repression such as the 17 American intelligence agencies but also through a predatory and commodified culture that turns violence into entertainment, foreign aggression into a video game, and domestic violence into goose-stepping celebration of masculinity and the mad values of militarism. The mediaeval turn to embracing forms of punishment that inflict pain on the psyches and the bodies of young people, poor minorities, and immigrants, in particular, is part of a larger immersion of society in public spectacles of violence. Under the neo-Darwinian ethos of survival of the fittest, the ultimate form of entertainment becomes the pain and humiliation of others, especially those considered disposable and powerless, who are no longer an object of compassion, but of ridicule and amusement. Pleasure loses its emancipatory possibilities and degenerates into a pathology in which misery is celebrated as a source of fun. High octane violence and human suffering are now considered consumer entertainment products designed to raise the collective pleasure quotient. Brute force and savage killing replayed over and over in the culture now function as part of an anti-immune system that turns the economy of genuine pleasure into a mode of sadism that saps democracy of any political substance and moral vitality, even as the body politic appears engaged in a process of cannibalizing its own youth. It gets worse. The visibility of extreme violence in films such as John Wick (2014) and The Equalizer (2014) offer one of the few spaces amid the vacuity of a consumer culture where Americans can feel anything anymore.

Needless to say, extreme violence is more than a spectacle for upping the pleasure quotient of those disengaged from politics; it is also part of a punishing machine that spends more on putting poor minorities in jail than educating them. As American society becomes more militarized and “civil society organizes itself for the production of violence,” the capillaries of militarization feed on and shape social institutions extending from the schools to local police forces. The police, in particular, have been turned into soldiers who view the neighbourhoods in which they operate as war zones. Outfitted with full riot gear, submachine guns, armoured vehicles, and other lethal weapons imported from the battlefields of Iraq and Iran, their mission is to assume battle-ready behaviour. Is it any wonder that violence rather than painstaking neighbourhood police work and community outreach and engagement becomes the norm for dealing with alleged ‘criminals’, especially at a time when more and more behaviours are being criminalised? Is it any wonder that the impact of the rapid militarization of local police forces on poor black communities is nothing short of terrifying and symptomatic of the violence that takes place in advanced genocidal states? For instance, according to a recent report produced by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement entitled Operation Ghetto Storm, “police officers, security guards, or self-appointed vigilantes extra judicially killed at least 313 African-Americans in 2012…This means a black person was killed by a security officer every 28 hours.” The report suggests that ‘the real number could be much higher’. Michelle Alexander adds to the racist nature of the punishing state by pointing out that “There are more African American adults under correctional control today — in prison or jail, on probation or parole — than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.” Meanwhile the real violence used by the state against poor minorities of color, women, immigrants, and low income adults barely gets mentioned, except when it is so spectacularly visible and cruel that it cannot be ignored as in the case of Eric Garner who was choked him to death by a New York City policeman after he was confronted for illegally selling untaxed cigarettes.

The authoritarian state empties politics of all vestiges of democracy given that the decisions that shape all aspects of the commanding institutions of society are now made largely in private, behind closed doors by the anonymous financial elite, corporate CEOs, rich bankers, the unassailable leaders of the military-industrial complex, and other kingpins of the neoliberal state. At the same time, valuable resources and wealth are extracted from the commons in order to maximize the profits of the rich while the public is treated to a range of distractions and diversions that extend from “military shock and awe overseas” to the banalities of a commodified culture industry and celebrity obsessed culture that short-circuits thought and infantilizes everything it touches. In the end, as Chomsky points out this amounts to an attempt by a massive public relations industry and various mainstream cultural apparatuses “to undermine democracy by trying to get uninformed people to make irrational choices.”

Neoliberal authoritarianism has changed the language of politics and everyday life through a poisonous public pedagogy that turns reason on its head and normalizes a culture of fear, war, and exploitation. Even as markets unravel and neoliberalism causes increased misery, “the broader political and social consensus remains in place” suggesting that the economic crisis is not matched by a similar crisis in consciousness, ideas, language, and values. Underlying the rise of the authoritarian state and the forces that hide in the shadows is a hidden politics indebted to promoting crippling forms of historical and social amnesia. The new authoritarianism is strongly indebted to what Orwell once called a “protective stupidity” that corrupts political life and divest language of its critical content.

Yet, even as the claims and promises of a neoliberal utopia have been transformed into a Dickensian nightmare as the United States, and increasingly Canada, succumb to the pathologies of political corruption, the redistribution of wealth upward into the hands of the 1 percent, the rise of the surveillance state, and the use of the criminal justice system as a way of dealing with social problems, Orwell’s dark fantasy of a fascist future continues without massive opposition. Domestic terrorism now functions to punish young people whenever they exercise the right of dissent, protesting peacefully, or just being targeted because they are minorities of class and color and considered a threat and in some cases disposable, as was recently evident in the killing by a white policemen of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The emergence of the warrior cop and the surveillance state go hand in hand and are indicative not only of state-sanctioned racism but also of the rise of the authoritarian state and the dismantling of civil liberties. Brutality mixed with attacks on freedom of dissent and peaceful protest prompts memories of past savage regimes such as the dictatorships in Latin America in the 1970s and 1980s. The events in Ferguson speak to a history of violence in United States that Americans have chosen to forget at their own risk. Historical amnesia takes a toll. For instance, amid the growing intensity of state terrorism, violence becomes the DNA of a society that not only has a history of forgetting, but also refuses to deal with larger structural issues such as massive inequality in wealth and power, a government that now unapologetically serves the rich and powerful corporate interests, the growing militarization of everyday life, while elevating the power of money to an organising principle of governance. What all of this suggests is a dismantling of what Hannah Arendt called “the prime importance of the political.”

Underlying the carnage caused by neoliberal capitalism is a free market ideology in which individuals are cut off from the common good along with any sense of compassion for the other. Economic Darwinism individualizes the social by shredding social bonds that are not commodified and in doing so depoliticizes, atomizes, and infantilizes the broader public. All problems are now defined as a problem of faulty character and a lack of individual resilience and responsibility. At the same time, freedom is reduced to consumerism and a modern day version of narcissism becomes the only guiding principle for living one’s life. Only under such circumstances can a book titled Selfish written by the vacuous Kim Kardashian and filled with 2000 selfies be published and celebrated in the mainstream media, mirroring a deeply disturbing principle of the larger society. What is crucial to recognize is that the central issues of power and politics can lead to cynicism and despair if casino capitalism is not addressed as a system of social relations that diminishes—through its cultural politics, modes of commodification, and market pedagogies—the capacities and possibilities of individuals and groups to move beyond the vicissitudes of necessity and survival in order to fully participate in exercising some control over the myriad forces that shape their daily lives.

What exists in the United States today and increasingly in Canada is fundamentally a new mode of politics, one wedded to a notion of power removed from accountability of any kind, and this poses a dangerous and calamitous threat to democracy itself, because such power is difficult to understand, analyze, and counter. The collapse of the public into the private, the depoliticization of the citizenry in the face of an egregious celebrity culture, and the disabling of education as a critical public sphere makes it easier for neoliberal capital with its hatred of democracy and celebration of the market to render its ideologies, values, and practices as a matter of common sense, removed from critical inquiry and dissent.

With privatization comes a kind of collective amnesia about the potential democratic role of government, the importance of the social contract, and the importance of public values. For instance, war, intelligence operations, prisons, schools, transportation systems, and a range of other operations once considered public have been outsourced or simply handed over to private contractors who are removed from any sense of civic and political accountability. The social contract and the institutions that give it meaning have been transformed into entitlements administered and colonized by largely the corporate interests and the financial elite. Policy is no longer being written by politicians accountable to the American public. Instead, policies concerning the defense budget, deregulation, health care, public transportation, job training programs, and a host of other crucial areas are now largely written by lobbyists who represent mega corporations. How else to explain the weak deregulation policies following the economic crisis of 2007 or the lack of a public option in Obama’s health care policies? Or, for that matter, the more serious retreat from any viable notion of the political imagination that “requires long-term organizing—e.g., single-payer health care, universally free public higher education and public transportation, federal guarantees of housing and income security.” The liberal center has moved to the right on these issues while the left has become largely absent and ineffective. Yet the fight for developing a radical democracy must continue on a domestic and global scale.


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Well, this is a case in which reality exceed imagination. I bet that Rod Serling, the creator of the famous series “The Twilight Zone” couldn’t imagine such a scenario. And neither George Orwell could probably ever imagine, that one day, people would have the devices which describe in his famous book “1984” inside their houses, but they would press the button on their own will, due to their brain addiction, without actually anyone to enforce them to do it. That through the propaganda and the psychological terror, people would elect governments-servants of the systemic establishment through false democratic processes, leading themselves to deeper poverty and enslavement. That people would even reproduce the propaganda, although they would stop believe to the mouthpieces speaking through the devices.


Generations of pragmatists grow with cliches like "this is the best society we can have", or, "humans are what they are and will never change". Thus, ethic, in many cases, ends to be a kind of luxury and replaced by a crude economic pragmatism and an extreme cynicism. [...] The concept of Liberty itself tends to disappear permanently inside increasingly militarized societies of private armies.

Hunger Games: Από τα σταφύλια της οργής στο παιχνίδι της πείνας

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Φοιτητικά κινήματα από την Ταϊλάνδη μέχρι το Λονδίνο αντιγράφουν τους ήρωες ταινιών του Χόλιγουντ, όπως το Hunger Games και το V for Vendetta. Θα ξεκινήσει η επόμενη επανάσταση σε κάποιο στούντιο της αμερικανικής βιομηχανίας του θεάματος;

«Για να δω τώρα ποιος άλλος θα διαμαρτυρηθεί», έλεγε γελώντας ο δικτάτορας-πρωθυπουργός της Ταϊλάνδης Πραγιούθ Τσανότσα ύστερα από το πογκρόμ που πραγματοποίησαν την περασμένη εβδομάδα οι αρχές ασφαλείας εναντίον φοιτητών. Το μόνο αδίκημα που είχαν διαπράξει τα «θρασίμια» της ταϊλανδέζικης χούντας ήταν ότι ύψωναν τα τρία δάχτυλα του δεξιού χεριού αντιγράφοντας τους ήρωες της ταινίας The Hunger Games.

Καθώς το «κίνημα των τριών δαχτύλων» άρχισε να εξαπλώνεται σε όλη τη χώρα, το καθεστώς ακύρωσε την προβολή της ταινίας, ενώ οι αρχές οδηγούσαν αρκετούς φοιτητές σε κρατητήρια της ασφάλειας για να υπογράψουν δηλώσεις πολιτικών φρονημάτων.

Τα δυτικά μέσα ενημέρωσης αντιμετώπισαν την είδηση με ισχυρές δόσεις οριενταλισμού και πινελιές από τα εγχειρίδια προπαγάνδας του Ψυχρού Πολέμου. Η νεολαία, είπαν, επαναστατεί απέναντι σε ένα αυταρχικό καθεστώς της Ασίας, εμπνεόμενη από τις αρχές της φιλελεύθερης δημοκρατίας όπως εκφράζεται από το Χόλιγουντ. Τέλος της ανάλυσης, τέλος και της Ιστορίας, όπως θα έλεγε και ο Φουκουγιάμα.

Και ίσως τα πράγματα να ήταν έτσι εάν στις 5 Νοεμβρίου φοιτητές και νεολαίοι δεν είχαν διαδηλώσει στους δρόμους του Λονδίνου, με τις μάσκες τού Γκάι Φοκς από την ταινία V for Vendetta. Αν και ο Φοκς ήταν αληθινό πρόσωπο και ως γνωστόν επιχείρησε να ανατινάξει το βρετανικό Κοινοβούλιο το 1605, στις πρόσφατες κινητοποιήσεις κυριαρχούσαν οι συμβολισμοί της ταινίας και όχι τα ιστορικά γεγονότα.

Φτάσαμε, λοιπόν, σε μια εποχή που οι ταινίες του Χόλιγουντ εμπνέουν αληθινές εξεγέρσεις; Είναι γεγονός ότι οι δύο συγκεκριμένες παραγωγές ξάφνιασαν ευχάριστα ακόμη και τους σφοδρότερους επικριτές της αμερικανικής βιομηχανίας του θεάματος. Η επαναστατική βία νομιμοποιείται και το δικαίωμα στην ένοπλη ανατροπή καθεστώτων (ακόμη και με την προσφυγή σε τρομοκρατικές ενέργειες) προβάλλεται στη μεγάλη οθόνη με φόντο, όχι πλέον κάποια χώρα του πρώην ανατολικού μπλοκ, αλλά το Λονδίνο (V for Vendetta) και κάποια περιοχή της βόρειας Αμερικής (Hunger Games).

Και όλα αυτά συμβαίνουν ενώ οι δυτικές κυβερνήσεις διολισθαίνουν σε αυταρχικές μεθόδους καταστολής των λαϊκών κινητοποιήσεων, που φτάνουν έως και στην άτυπη επιβολή στρατιωτικού νόμου (όπως συνέβη πρόσφατα στη Βοστόνη και στο Φέργκιουσον των ΗΠΑ).

Μήπως λοιπόν το Χόλιγουντ, αφουγκραζόμενο την αγανάκτηση ευρύτατων τμημάτων της κοινωνίας, βρέθηκε εκτός της κυρίαρχης πολιτικής «γραμμής», είτε γιατί έτσι θα κόψει περισσότερα εισιτήρια, είτε για να καταφέρει να εκτονώσει τα δυνάμει επαναστατικά χαρακτηριστικά της εποχής μας; Ας μη βιαστούμε να φτάσουμε σε ένα τόσο απλουστευτικό συμπέρασμα.

Η συζήτηση για το πολιτικό περιεχόμενο ταινιών, όπως το Hunger Games και το V for Vendetta, καταλήγει πάντα σε ένα σαφές ερώτημα, το οποίο ελάχιστοι δηλώνουν ότι μπορούν να απαντήσουν με ασφάλεια: Τελικά οι συγκεκριμένες ταινίες στρέφονται εναντίον του κυρίαρχου οικονομικού συστήματος ή καταγγέλλουν απλώς κάθε απολυταρχικό καθεστώς, αδιαφορώντας για τις παραγωγικές διαδικασίες που το έφεραν στην εξουσία; Πιο απλά, πρόκειται για ένα συγκαλυμμένο αντικαπιταλιστικό μήνυμα που αφορά και τις ΗΠΑ ή για μια φιλελεύθερη κραυγή, όπως αυτές με τις οποίες μας συνήθιζε ο αμερικανικός κινηματογράφος στα χρόνια του Ψυχρού Πολέμου;

Το Hunger Games, περιγράφοντας μια δυστοπική κοινωνία με τεράστιες οικονομικές ανισότητες, φαίνεται εκ πρώτης όψεως να ανήκει στην πρώτη κατηγορία. Ποιος κινεί όμως τα νήματα του αυταρχικού μηχανισμού; «Στην ταινία βλέπουμε ανθρώπους να δουλεύουν σε ορυχεία, αλλά δεν μαθαίνουμε σε ποιον ανήκουν αυτά», σημείωναν πριν από ένα χρόνο οι αναλυτές Κριστίν Σχόφελτ και Ντέιβιντ Γουόλς, και συνέχιζαν: «Πού είναι οι τραπεζίτες και οι κάτοχοι των μέσων παραγωγής σε αυτή την ταινία;».

Για την ακρίβεια, ο τρόπος με τον οποίο αντιμετωπίζει η ταινία το κοινωνικό και οικονομικό υπόβαθρο, θυμίζει τον τρόπο με τον οποίο παρουσίασε το CNN τις αντικαθεστωτικές διαδηλώσεις στην Ταϊλάνδη: οι δημοσιογράφοι εκθείαζαν την ηρωική στάση των φοιτητών, αλλά παρέλειψαν να σημειώσουν ότι ο δικτάτορας Πραγιούθ Τσανότσα κυβερνά με την ανοχή των ΗΠΑ και τις ευλογίες ενός σημαντικού τμήματος της οικονομικής ελίτ της χώρας. Ο ίδιος, μάλιστα, εφαρμόζει πολιτικές λιτότητας και ιδιωτικοποιήσεων οι οποίες εκπονούνται από ένα «συμβούλιο σοφών», που αποτελείται από χρηματιστές και στελέχη μεγάλων επιχειρήσεων.

Από την άλλη, μήπως τελικά ζητάμε πολλά από χολιγουντιανές παραγωγές, που αν μη τι άλλο έχουν το θάρρος να προτάξουν την επανάσταση σαν το μοναδικό μέσο ανατροπής του status quo; Ισως ναι. Πιθανότατα όμως όχι. Τις δεκαετίες του 1940 και του 1960, το Χόλιγουντ είχε παρουσιάσει πολύ πιο ριζοσπαστικές ταινίες, όπως τα Σταφύλια της Οργής, του Τζον Φορντ, ή ακόμη και ο Σπάρτακος, του Στάνλεϊ Κιούμπρικ.

Και στο κάτω κάτω, το δικαίωμα των κυριαρχούμενων να ανατρέπουν με τη βία τους κυρίαρχους τεκμηριώθηκε το 1689 από τον Τζον Λοκ – αν όχι το 1215 με την κυκλοφορία της Magna Carta. Αν εμείς αναζητούμε ακόμη ψήγματα αυτού του δικαιώματος κρυμμένα σε ταινίες του Χόλιγουντ, μάλλον έχουμε χάσει τρεις αιώνες ιστορικής εξέλιξης.

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