Those in Europe Who Play the Game, and Those Who Refuse

First came Socialist Francois Hollande’s sell-out to the financial interests once elected President of France. Now German Social Democrats have joined a Grand Coalition government with Merkel’s green-austerity team, see below. Two elders of the Socialist Party in Portugal are getting nasty about those who play that game: former President and Prime Minister Mario Soares, an old fox of the Socialist International overall, and another former President, Manuel Alegre.

Alegre warned earlier this year that “Troika” financier policies are marching Europeans into the concentration camps. Now he’s published a biting article in Publico on Dec. 3, on the subject of “The Good and the Bad Socialist.”

Who is the “good socialist”? The one that wants negotiate “a consensus with the government on austerity measures.” The one that is “‘modern’ when it comes to the need to make cuts in health care, education and social security”; who collaborates on lowering wages in order to “increase competitiveness”; who accepts inequality as “the unavoidable consequence of globalization, and believes there is no alternative.”

They speak carefully, to “avoid inconvenient words. They don’t say theft, they say cuts; they don’t say unemployment, they say retraining; they don’t say impoverishment, they say adjustment.” They certainly don’t criticize the Troika, or the markets, or the European institutions, or Mrs. Merkel.

The good socialist considers Mario Soares the best Portuguese politician, but he really should not hold meetings to form an alternative to this government. Political stability must be defended, even if thereby all else is driven into crisis.

And the “bad socialists”? Those who defend the Constitution, and such archaic things as the National Health Service, public schooling, Social Security, labor rights, the right to culture and to equal opportunities. They believe that social rights are inseparable from political rights; that having the confidence of the voters is more important than having the confidence of the markets.

The bad socialist believes that to be European doesn’t mean dissolving the Fatherland. That Pope Francis is right when he denounces current economic power as becoming a new tyranny. And who is politically incorrect, and argues that there are always alternatives.

“I, a sinner, confess: I am a bad socialist,” Alegre concludes. He signs as a “Founder of the Socialist Party.”
Old Whine in Old Bottles, Grand Coalition in Germany

Grand Coalition in Germany: Bail-In, Bail-Out, Green Fascism

With nearly 80% of the seats in the newly-elected Bundestag, the new Grand Coalition government of Christian Democrats and Social Democrats has little opposition to fear, particularly as on issues of EU financial and ecological fascism, of bail-ins and bail-outs, it can also count on support from the opposition Greens. Mostly, the opposition will come from the Linke parliamentary group—which has no real economic and political alternative either and worships such nonsense as the claim that Dodd-Frank in the U.S.A. was a real blow against the banks.

With Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble staying in office, the new government is basically the same as the old one, it is even enhanced by a top monetarist on the post of assistant labor minister, namely Jörg Asmussen, who certainly has reasons to find this post more attractive than the one he has had at the European Central Bank. His job is probably to explain to Germans who lose their jobs because their employer’s bank account was seized in one of the planned bail-ins, why that was supposedly the only thing to do at these times of “bad weather” (as Asmussen likes to put it) on the financial markets.

With SPD head Sigmar Gabriel as new super-minister of economics and “energy” (i.e., renewables), a real green fascist demagogue takes office, and he is also vice-chancellor in the new government. He is expected to remove the widespread resistance against the construction of “smart grids” that are to transport the random surpluses of electricity from wind in the north of Germany to the south. The federal Grid Agency has recently revealed that of almost 1,300 kilometers of such “smart” grids that are considered a centerpiece of the entire renewables strategy, not a single kilometer has been built yet. Germany’s south, which used to depend mainly on nuclear power, will face heavy blackouts because after the shutdown of nuclear power plants, no electricity will be available. Gabriel’s SPD is also against fusion power research and would rather Germany pull out of the ITER fusion project right away, as well as of the national Wendelstein-7x project.

The main opposition and resistance to this new government will be outside of the Bundestag, for the time being: The ongoing campaign of the BüSo for Glass-Steagall and a productive credit system, as well as for an end to the green paradigm.

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2 Responses to Those in Europe Who Play the Game, and Those Who Refuse

  1. Interesting article, I always hated the New Soviet know as the EU.

    • It won’t be around much longer, not in this imperial form at least. Yes we;ll have cooperation amongst nations in Europe as elsewhere but we’re going back to the Westphalian system of national sovereignty as the proper moral foundation for such.

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