Skip to main content

Europe, look what will happen to you!

by system failure

The announcement of the Hellenic Public Broadcaster (ERT) shutdown came completely unexpectedly by the Greek governmental representative Simos Kedikoglou. With an incredibly arrogant style which refers directly to a representative of a fascist regime, mister "Goebbels" of the domestic governmental troika (now transformed in two-party coalition after withdrawal of Dimokratiki Aristera), announced the extermination - in just one day - of ERT, and get rid of its 2656 employees, in order to satisfy the outside troika lenders - who demand more and more blood – and the domestic big media owners directly connected for years with the two-party establishment PASOK and Nea Dimokratia who brought country in this mess, in order to serve exclusively their own interests.

As government failed to sell the Public Natural Gas Company to Russians, Samaras and his advisors tried to find a way to hide their failures, and show determination to "clean" public sector in Greece in order to satisfy the neoliberal Taliban of the troika lenders who demand more “blood” through massive discharges in public sector, and the domestic big media establishment owners which participated in the construction of the Memorandum terms according to their interests. Through a simple and fast process, resembling a junta regime, the representative of bankers and big private media owners, Antonis Samaras, gave the command.

In a recent speech, Samaras tried to target ERT, speaking about "sacred cows" that no one dares to touch. The truth is that the only "sacred cow" remaining today, is the fast-track privatizations and private investments, in such an extent that, anyone who dares to speak about development through public investments, is treated like a fool, or even worse, like a dangerous mind. War against similar ideas, is so fierce that, it would be no surprise if, in the close or distant future, those who will dare to support them, will somehow punished by the neoliberal junta.

New precedents in the Greek experiment

Despite the decision from the Council of State in Greece, the government insist on keeping the Hellenic public broadcaster closed until now, and the whole story, brought some new precedents concerning the Greek experiment:

1st: One basic argument from the Greek government, during the process until the final decision from the Council of State, was that the Greek state is not obliged to retain public broadcaster! While this argument expose the real intension of the Greek government, which is to close the public broadcaster definitively, is setting also a precedent, as disputes openly the obligation of state to retain public organizations.

2nd: The Council of State decision, opens directly the field of massive discharges at will, in public sector, from the secretary of finance Yannis Stournaras. The decision exposes musicians of the ERT Symphonic Orchestra and the ERT ensembles, as well as people who work in the ERT magazine "Radiotileorasi", putting them at the top of the discharge list.

As a result, the new arising perception is that, the culture which such music ensembles serve, is a luxury that the state cannot support and therefore must repeal. The basic argument to justify such a perception is that the state cannot support the rising numbers of unemployed. An argument which is spread by the parrots of the neoliberal dictatorship, but appears to be so obviously absurd, since the catastrophic austerity policies are responsible for the unemployment record numbers, and under the pretext of the economy recovery, more people are loosing their jobs through the discharges in public sector!

3rd: Despite the Council of State decision, another serious precedent arise. The black screen in the ERT TV and silence in its radio frequencies, as well as the picture of police special forces cutting down the transmitters, opens the road - in Greece and Europe - for even cruel authoritarian policies through which public beneficial organizations will be shutdown with fast and simple processes.

We must not forget that, another concerted attack from the neoliberal dictatorship against public beneficial institutions, took place in Greece about a year ago, when the deposits of public universities and hospitals left unprotected by the government, allowing their massive conversion in Greek bonds by the Bank of Greece, just before the new bond haircut PSI program, bringing a huge loss in their stocks.

Why they chose ERT

This time, in the case of ERT, the experiment tested peoples' reaction against a more direct and violent act, and this was probably the reason that woke up people to protest in the central building of ERT in Athens and other cities.

The truth is that, the neoliberal Thatcherian type agenda in its most cruel form, must prevail at all costs, and that's why the public broadcaster should be targeted, one of the last symbols of cultural resistance against the transformation of everything in cost and profit, a kind of economic totalitarianism. People abroad understood that and reacted directly.

The dictatorial behavior of the Greek government spread terror in Europe and European public broadcasters, as they saw that someday may have the same ending. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) reacted directly, and hustled to support ERT, one of its founding members, by providing technical support, in order to make sure that ERT will continue broadcasting, while the president of EBU spoke about the worse type of censorship we ever saw, and asked Samaras, through a letter, to recall the decision immediately. The black background in the front pages of French newspapers "Liberation" and "Humanite" is also characteristic.

Neoliberal dictatorship will try to erase the independent voice of public broadcasters in Europe - through the Greek experiment - and dictate a Too Big to Fail model for the largest private media, following the same pattern applied on the banking sector, in order to erase the independent information in maximum degree. The next big step will be to find a way to control the independent Internet information, in order to complete its domination.

An anti-experiment

Despite all the bad signs, there is another fact which gives hope to a new form of resistance against politics of destruction. It is the fact that, workers in ERT, through their anti-experiment, managed to prove that the self-management of a public organization, without governmental managers, golden boys - advisors and governmental interventions, is absolutely possible, since despite the various obstacles, public broadcaster in Greece continued to broadcast until now.

But the anti-experiment could not have been successful without direct mobilization of people and other democratic forces of resistance in European level too, like EBU, and this is a good example that, only the European massive movement of people and democratic institutions can prevent domination of the neoliberal dictatorship and reverse the catastrophic course of Europe, which is moving towards a deep cultural degradation and a new dark age.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

US-backed counter-revolution coup against Cuba blatantly fails

globinfo freexchange   Since at least early 2018, the US imperialists were setting the stage for another coup against Cuba in the form of a "color revolution".  As reported back then:   The US State Department announced a new program called 'The Cuba Internet Task Force'. The Task Force will consist of the US government and non-governmental representatives to "promote the free and unregulated flow of information in Cuba". It is part of the National Security Presidential Memorandum of "strengthening the policy of the United States toward Cuba", that was issued by President Trump in June 2017.   This policy seeks "advancing Cuban human rights; encouraging the growth of a Cuban private sector independent of government control; enforcing final orders of removal against Cuban nationals in the United States". The US has sought to overthrow the Cuban government ever since the 1959 revolution. This is not the first time the US has attempted to

Chris Hedges on Assange, Donziger, & the US prison state

Redacted Tonight   Chris Hedges joins Lee Camp for a conversation around his latest book about teaching in American prisons. They also discuss corruption in the media and the U.S. System of Justice. The persecution of Julian Assange and Steven Donziger have garnered attention over the last few weeks for their egregious displays of judicial corruption in service of the world’s most powerful people. Hedges provides context for your outrage in their cases. He then reveals his experiences teaching prisoners in maximum security facilities and expresses support for incarcerated people who have chosen to protest their living conditions.

Alert: US imperialists prepare counter-revolution coup on November 15th to take over Cuba!

globinfo freexchange   On November 1st, Lee Camp appeared astonished by the fact that the State Department essentially announced a US-backed coup against Cuba in advance!  And not only that. The US imperialists revealed the specific method and the exact date of the counter-revolution coup! The method is the typical one that we've seen in various cases the last decade or so, which involves a type of "color revolution". The date: November 15th. On November 2nd, cadenagramonte.cu website gave the details and the key players of the operation.   On November 3rd, TeleSUR reported that:                                A Cuban government representative said that Cuba has probably been facing up the largest and most complex cultural warfare operation orchestrated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), promoting a new type of counterrevolution. On Twitter, Cuba's Deputy Foreign Minister Anayansi Rodríguez posted a U.S. plan to bring Cuba's political system down, whic

Οι ολιγάρχες ετοιμάζουν το Plan B που είχαν στο συρτάρι: Συγκυβέρνηση ΝΔ-ΚΙΝΑΛ και επιστροφή της γαλαζοπράσινης λαίλαπας

globinfo freexchange   Το άκρως φιλοκυβερνητικό Βήμα , κομμάτι της συστημικής προπαγάνδας της εγχώριας ολιγαρχίας, έδωσε χθες το σύνθημα για το Plan B των ολιγαρχών που είχαν στο συρτάρι ως εναλλακτική, καθώς δεν χρειάστηκε να το θέσουν σε εφαρμογή, λόγω της αυτοδυναμίας που πέτυχε η Μητσοτακική δεξιά στις εκλογές του Ιουλίου του 2019.    Πρόκειται το σενάριο συγκυβέρνησης ΝΔ-ΚΙΝΑΛ.  Όπως είχαμε γράψει τον Ιούνιο του 19, η ΝΔ (με ή χωρίς δεκανίκια), έχει ως μοναδική αποστολή να συνεχίσει το "λαμπρό" της έργο από εκεί που το άφησε. Βέβαια, η "Αριστερή παρένθεση", που η Τρόικα εσωτερικού και εξωτερικού φρόντισε έτσι και αλλιώς να κουρελιάσει, κράτησε λίγο παραπάνω απ'ότι υπολόγισαν τα "μεγάλα αφεντικά". Τώρα, ήρθε η ώρα να ξεκουμπιστεί, διότι υπάρχει κίνδυνος να θυμηθεί τις Αριστερές της καταβολές και να καταστρέψει το "θεάρεστο" σχέδιο του νεοφιλελεύθερου ιερατείου. Απ'ότι φαίνεται, υπάρχουν πρόθυμα δεκανίκια, για παν ενδεχόμενο. Από τότ

Visionary realism: A green future beyond capitalism - Yanis Varoufakis, Ann Pettifor & Noam Chomsky

DiEM25   "There is no alternative", "it's the end of history" in the shadow of the 2008 crash, the environmental crisis and ongoing COVID19 pandemic, never has the hubris of these words been more striking. Nevertheless if we are in fact at the end of an era, what comes next? Join us in uncovering the exciting possibilities that the future can hold with public intellectual Noam Chomsky and economists Ann Pettifor and Yanis Varoufakis. 

The most important battle for Press Freedom in our time

If he is extradited and found guilty of publishing classified material it will set a legal precedent that will effectively end national security reporting.   by Chris Hedges  Part 1 For the past two days, I have been watching the extradition hearing for Julian Assange via video link from London. The United States is appealing a lower court ruling that denied the US request to extradite Assange not, unfortunately, because in the eyes of the court he is innocent of a crime, but because, as Judge Vanessa Baraitser in January concluded, Assange’s precarious psychological state would deteriorate given the “ harsh conditions ” of the inhumane US prison system, “ causing him to commit suicide .” The United States has charged Assange with 17 counts under the Espionage Act and one count of trying to hack into a government computer, charges that could see him imprisoned for 175 years. Assange, with long white hair, appeared on screen the first day from the video conference room in HM Prison Belm

Top 1% of US earners now hold more wealth than all of the middle class

by Alexandre Tanzi and Mike Dorning  After years of declines, America’s middle class now holds a smaller share of U.S. wealth than the top 1%. The middle 60% of U.S. households by income -- a measure economists often use as a definition of the middle class -- saw their combined assets drop to 26.6% of national wealth as of June, the lowest in Federal Reserve data going back three decades. For the first time, the super rich had a bigger share, at 27%. The data offer a window into the slow-motion erosion in the financial security of mid-tier earners that has fueled voters’ discontent in recent years. That continued through the Covid-19 pandemic, despite trillions of dollars in government relief .   Rise of the Super Rich   Middle-class Americans now hold less wealth than the top 1% by income.   While “middle class” has different meanings to different people, many economists use income to define the group. The 77.5 million families in the middle 60% make about $27,000 to $141,000 annually

Top media company demands reporters write pro-US/EU/Israel propaganda

The Grayzone   The major media company Axel Springer SE, which owns Politico, Business Insider , and top German newspapers, was exposed for forcing its employees to write pro-US/EU/Israel propaganda. It has also been accused of being funded by the CIA. 

US govt-backed social media companies meddle in Nicaragua's elections

The Grayzone   Remember Russiagate claims of "Kremlin meddling"? Well, the US government is blatantly interfering in Nicaragua's elections. Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal discuss how, mere days before Nicaragua's November 7 elections, Meta/Facebook/Instagram, Twitter, and Google/YouTube purged thousands of pro-Sandinista journalists, activists, and media outlets. Meanwhile, the US Congress voted for more crushing sanctions.   They address the gaping holes in Facebook's bogus report falsely claiming the Sandinistas it purged were " government-run troll accounts, " which was written by former Pentagon-funded NATO press officer Ben Nimmo, a symbol of how social media corporations have effectively merged with the US government. 

Assange appeal day 2: Extradition decision update

acTVism Munich   A report on the second day of the appeal hearing in the extradition proceedings of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The defense rebutted claims by the US government arguing that the assurances provided can be revoked at any time and are thus unreliable. Additionally, the court heard evidence that US intelligence plotted to assassinate Assange. A decision on extradition will be delivered in the coming weeks.