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Jean-Luc Mélenchon from the Left Front in France calls for demonstrations in solidarity with Greece

Here is what the leader of the Left Front in France, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, says about the decision of the European Central Bank to ‘restrict [Greek government] access to its direct liquidity lines, citing concerns about the country’s commitment to existing bailout pledges.’

‘La décision de la BCE (Banque centrale européenne) à l’encontre de la Grèce entraine l’Europe dans une direction autoritaire inouïe et l’Euro vers une crise majeure. Couper les liquidités d’un pays a déjà été fait contre Chypre, mise à genoux par la violence du procédé. Le procédé avait été assimilé à un acte de guerre.

‘Face à la Grèce, c’est une illustration sinistre de la formule de Junker selon laquelle « Il n’y a pas de décision démocratique possible contre les traités européens ». Ce jour est donc un jour sombre dans l’histoire de l’Union européenne ! Notre solidarité avec le nouveau gouvernement grec qui veut respecter son mandat doit être très active. Mais il est évident que dorénavant, nous devons regarder le système européen et l’influence qu’y joue le gouvernement allemand d’un autre œil, avec d’autres évaluations et d’autres formes d’opposition. J’ai proposé à la rencontre du Front de gauche avec EELV qu’une initiative de mobilisation dans la rue soit prise. Je crois qu’il ne faut pas tarder à proposer au peuple français d’exprimer sa solidarité avec les Grecs et de défendre sa propre indépendance avant qu’elle soit à son tour mise en cause frontalement comme l’est celle de la Grèce. JLM’

Mélenchon calls, together with the French Greens (Europe Écologie – Les Verts or EELV) for a mobilisation in the streets of France in support of Greece.  He says that there is no time to waste to offer the French people a way to express solidarity with the Greek people and to defend their own independence before France too is challenged [by the troika] just like the Greeks.

In light of the European Central Bank attack, and following the lead of the Left Front in France, maybe the Left should organise demonstrations across the globe where feasible in support of the Greek people and Government?

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Comment from Kay
Time February 7, 2015 at 6:07 am

Given that French taxpayers have helped foot the bill to support Greece in the past, I doubt they will favour Greece now reneging on its debts.

Greece has brought on its own financial problems over many long years because of systemic corruption, widespread tax avoidance, gross inefficiencies, and extremely generous government pensions (after 35 years service, if they have reached 58, most employees could retire on around 80% of their final basic salary). Greek social spending was skewed towards pensions, essentially for vote-winning purposes. Eventually such unaffordable largesse has consequences.

Comment from Ross
Time February 7, 2015 at 6:19 pm

Kay ,you still don’t get it. All new money is created by the private banking system as debt. That new money represents growth due to your toil and creativity + inflation, which is the depreciation of your savings and spending power.

So when private banks create inflation as debt, they are stealing your savings and spending power. They are also asking you to repay the principal on what was yours + interest.

Do you now understand Kay why the world is consumed by so much debt while our elites at the top of the food chain own just about everything ?

In other words Kay the banking system owns us and our Govts because they create from nothing,the money for all economic activity.

When the private ECB ( European Central Bank) created these loans to Greece from nothing, they were stealing from all Europeans via inflation. If we do this ,it is called counterfeiting.

Surely you and others cannot be that naïve and still be able to write a sentence ?

Comment from John
Time February 7, 2015 at 8:42 pm

I suggest you read Marx on money and Fred Moseley’s stuff Ross instead of the usual banks rule the world stuff you sprout.

Comment from John
Time February 7, 2015 at 8:44 pm

Kay, the risk is to French taxpayers if they bail out the banksters who have supported their mates in Greece. The reality is that the French working class and Greek working class have a common enemy, the ruling class of their own countries and the European ruling class.

Comment from Kay
Time February 8, 2015 at 7:32 am

John

No argument that the financial crises in the world have primarily been caused by the greed of the super rich ‘banksters’, who play irresponsible games with high finance, then expect governments to bail them out when they lose the game (‘too big to fail’ syndrome). In a true capitalist system, if you fail, you fail. In a true capitalist system, companies like Lehman Brothers would have been allowed to collapse. But that may have created a second ‘Great Depression’, something no one in the world relished, including the US government!

I’m just saying that, mainly due to Germany’s insistence, Greece was loaned money which, to a large extent, came from ordinary European taxpayers. Mind you, France’s finances are getting very shaky at the moment too. So maybe ordinary French citizens (as opposed to socialist French citizens) will be sympathetic to ordinary Greek citizens. Who knows. But because of their knowledge of how the Greeks got to the mess they were in, they may be a bit resentful. After all, ordinary Greek citizens have long benefited from far more generous conditions than those available to ordinary French citizens.

Personally, I think the whole concept of the European Union was a flawed one, mainly pushed by Germany and France wanting to improve their own prospects. Many countries, Greece included, probably should not have been allowed in. In fact, now Greece is being accused of lying about its finances before they were accepted into the European Union. Perhaps Greece should have withdrawn from the EU as soon as the problems started to get really bad? Gone back to the drachma? Short term pain for long term gain? All these issues are quite complex with potential positive and negative outcomes for the Greeks and other members of the EU.

And no argument that ordinary Greek – and Spanish – citizens are now doing it very hard!

Comment from Ross
Time February 8, 2015 at 8:19 am

Here are some of Marxist objectives John and they won’t work. You cannot centralise any power in Govts or the banking system and expect good outcomes. In a communist system people have little incentive to achieve and thus shortages and dysfunction becomes the norm.

“These measures will, of course, be different in different countries.

Nevertheless, in most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable.

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
8. Equal liability of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, &c, &c. ”

We do not have free markets at the moment since the bankers are using money printing to prop up their scams in the derivative and share markets. This is the result of centralised power by a few in our banking system.

They are not only attacking the working class, the middle class is rapidly vanishing and they want to own everything.Why else did they bring in “Bail In” at the last G20 in Brisbane. “Bail In” is the conversion of our deposits to their shares. Derivatives get paid out first and depositors are classified as unsecured lenders to the banks.

The Central Banks at the top of the pyramid scams who invented these complex derivative scams are the ones who will benefit if China and Russia via the BRICS alliance don’t give the world an alternative.

This is why our Bankers consider WW3 as the solution to the power of the BRICS if their scams do not work.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time February 9, 2015 at 11:30 am

As far as I can remember, Wayne Swan gave $9 billion to Greece as a “loan” at the behest of the IMF. Before he had even shelled out, the UN were asking for more billions, but did not announce on TV where it was going. I saw these items on ABC24, which I think is the main reason the government wants to make the ABC redundant.

I think a lot of Ross’s ideas seem accurate. A Corporate Neo-Communist Regime is developing, which may not be too different from other forms of socialism, except that it will be global.

John’s ideas on the ruling classes of individual European countries and the EU in general have merit, but they are part of a global ruling class which wants to take all nations down to the lowest common denominator, using the development of EUs worldwide.

Superannuation schemes are a major feeder of global control. According to Wayne Swan, the collective superannuation of Australians is now worth more than our entire economy.

I would like to know how John and others think this will affect our national sovereignty and what could be done about it. I believe a lot of the funds are held by global enterprises. The next thing that comes to mind is the push for Asset Sales and the privatisation of Health, Education and various other government services.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time February 9, 2015 at 11:32 am

I still think workers need to form new unions that aren’t affiliated with the ACTU and global unions, and also push hard for the minimisation of employment of visa holders.