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Πάντα Δύσμοιρος αυτός ο Ελληνικός Λαός! Το μεγαλύτερο του πρόβλημα δεν ήταν ούτε οι Τούρκοι ούτε οι Γερμανοί.. Μεταξύ τους τρωγοντουσαν.. Ποτέ δεν ήθελαν όλοι το ίδιο! Πάντα μετα απο κάθε επανάσταση υπήρχε εμφύλιος και ποτέ κανένας ηγέτης δεν ήταν κοινής αποδοχής. Αυτό ειναι το πρόβλημα αυτής της χώρας. Στα δύσκολα δεν ενώνεται. Στα δύσκολα κατασπαράζει ο ένας τον άλλον. Στα δύσκολα δεν υπάρχουν Έλληνες, ποτέ δεν υπήρχαν. Στα δύσκολα υπήρχαν δεξιοί, αριστεροί, κομμουνιστές, φασιστες, χουντικοί, βασιλικοί και πάει λέγοντας…

People complain about debt slavery and “the system” regularly on tumblr.  I do the same thing quite often but I realize that what I’m criticizing and what the majority perceive they’re criticizing are completely different constructs.

Often these people confuse “the system” with capitalism through little fault of their own, they’ve been conditioned to.

Occasionally a post about the utopian socialist nations of Scandinavia will cross my dash loaded with commentary preaching the lessons that the U.S. needs to learn from these righteous bastions of equality.

These critics refuse to examine the nature of the Scandinavian countries; what constitutes the population, the role of culture or the fact that each is struggling with reforms to their respective social welfare systems to one degree or another.

They also refuse to acknowledge Greece, Italy, Spain, Ireland and other socialist states that are either on the cusp of insolvency or are in extreme crisis.  

State spending and social welfare policy has allowed various European populations to live for several generations beyond their means with the illusion of stability in perpetuity.    

Fabian socialists are global socialists who coined their approach to the socialist authoritarian state the “third way”.  The Third Way sought to harness the economic efficiency displayed by Hitler’s “National Socialism” and blend it with the goals of the global socialists/Marxists.  Fabians are the mainline socialists throughout Europe.  The Labour Party in the UK was founded by the Fabian Society.

The Eurozone/EU is a fabian socialist construct.

Fabians do not believe in an open or free society.  They seek manipulation, control and implementation of their policies through stealth.  Rather than through violent revolution they seek to destroy and replace through economic action, cultural subversion and long term government policy.  

It is a system of social control through the authoritarian state and a heavily regulated corporatist economy.  As previously mentioned it is an economic system that closely resembles the fascist economies of 1930s Italy and Germany.  

What we’re seeing is that populations who have become accustomed to the all encompassing welfare state do not seem to comprehend that public debt is also their debt.  

It is a distant and abstract concept that you elected a promising cult of personality to deal with and now that the payments are dwindling what recourse do you have?  The government that once was your benevolent partner is now your adversary?  How can you continue to live beyond your means? What if the reality is that you cannot.  What if an entity from beyond your borders tells you that it doesn’t have to hurt so much if you accept terms offered to you?

All Greeks are now debt slaves regardless of how they chose to live their lives.  

They will pay higher taxes, they will face external regulation and imposed terms of austerity.  Their election of the socialist saviors was meaningless.  It is a great fabian bait and switch.  The mouse got the cheese and the trap got the mouse.

The eurozone is discovering that their nations collectively gave up their sovereignty to Brussels when they signed on the dotted line.  They are learning, perhaps too late, that their leadership are no more than representatives before a Pan-European socialist bureaucracy.  

Foreign citizens living in the EU Member States

Foreign citizens accounted for fewer than 7% of persons living in the EU Member States in 2014, Over 40% of them were citizens of another EU Member State.

On 1st of January 2014, the Member States of the European Union (EU) had 506.8 million residents, of which 472.8 million were nationals (citizens of the reporting country) and 34.1 million foreign citizens, this latter group consisting of 14.3 million citizens of another Member State and 19.8 million non-EU citizens. It should be noted that persons who acquire citizenship in a Member State are no longer counted as foreign citizens in that country.

On the occasion of today’s International Migrants’ Day, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, publishes a small selection of data on foreign citizens living in the EU Member States. A larger range of data broken down by country of citizenship as well as by country of birth is also available in the Eurostat database.

Read the full press release on the Eurostat website
Greek activists target sales of homes seized over bad debts
By Helena Smith

The cavernous halls of Athens’ central civil court are usually silent and sombre. But every Wednesday, between 4pm and 5pm, they are anything but. For it is then that activists converge on the building, bent on stopping the auctions of properties seized by banks to settle bad debts.

They do this with rowdy conviction, chanting “not a single home in the hands of a banker,” unfurling banners deploring “vulture crows”, and often physically preventing notaries and other court officials from sitting at the judge’s presiding bench.

“Poor people can’t afford lawyers, rich people can,” says Ilias Papadopoulos, a 33-year-old tax accountant who feels so strongly that he has been turning up at the court to orchestrate the protests with his eye surgeon brother, Leonidas, for the past three years.

“We are here to protect the little man who has been hit by unemployment, hit by poverty and cannot keep up with mortgage payments. Banks have already been recapitalised. Now they want to suck the blood of the people.”


New vlogbrothers video! I discuss the history of Greece’s deficit and debt problems, the challenges of adopting the Euro and living with the Eurozone’s monetary policy, and the possibility of the so-called Grexit–a Greek exit from the Euro.