Because Austerity Always Works!

Let the beatings continue until morale improves:

Greece is broke and close to being broken. It is a country where children are fainting in school because they are hungry, where 20,000 Athenians are scavenging through waste tips for food, and where the lifeblood of a modern economy – credit – is fast drying up.

It is a country where the fascists and the anarchists battle for control of the streets, where immigrants fear to go out at night and where a woman whispers “it’s like the Weimar republic” as a motorcycle cavalcade from the Golden Dawn party, devotees of Adolf Hitler, cruises past the parliament building. Graffiti says: “Foreigners get out of Greece. Greece is for the Greeks. I will vote for Golden Dawn to remove the filth from the country.”

The people Atrios refers to as our Galtian Overlords are truly horrible. This is what happens when people have no jobs and no money.

Troubled Greece: Fears of ‘First Domino’ to Fall as Austerity is Counted a Failure [HuffPo]

10 comments:

12:32 pm • Friday • June 1, 2012

This reads like dystopian science fiction.

1:02 pm • Friday • June 1, 2012

I can hear Paul Krugman’s head exploding. He tried to warn us, but nooooo.

1:41 pm • Friday • June 1, 2012

@Mistress Cynica: Why do I imagine DeForest Kelley’s voice when I envision the Krug talking?

2:25 pm • Friday • June 1, 2012

You can watch Krugman disassemble two austerity-loving Tories here.

2:39 pm • Friday • June 1, 2012

Why are Nazis so creepy? YOU ARE ALREADY FUCKING EVIL, NAZIS! NO NEED TO MAKE UP BOO SCARY NAMES.

Golden Dawn indeed. Sounds like a drag name at a fetish ball.

2:54 pm • Friday • June 1, 2012

@rptrcub:
“Damnit Jim, I’m an economist not a…”

2:54 pm • Friday • June 1, 2012
3:54 pm • Friday • June 1, 2012

This is why I was advised not to go to Athens (in the words of a friend: A shithole) and why they OWE ME MONEY!!!

μαλάκες.

4:41 pm • Friday • June 1, 2012

This was pretty much predictable – fascists love people who’ve got nothing to lose.

The real question is: was this intentional? Personally, I can’t imagine that NOBODY in Europe remembered what happened the last time, so it seems awfully likely that the Very Serious Persons have decided (individually, perhaps) that democracy is really cramping their ability to extract the last 10% of national wealth…

8:50 pm • Friday • June 1, 2012

@al2o3cr: Germany is the driving force behind the austerity measures. If anyone should know what it could lead to, they should.

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