All the news seems to be about how Greece owes pots of money and has none to pay it back. Where are they expected to get it from?
Why, from their own people, of course. In the form of lower wages, higher taxes and a shitty life for everyone except the ones who caused the mess. As is usual in these sorts of cases.
The money in question is the Euro. Greece doesn’t have very many Euros but other countries have loads of them. They’ll lend some to Greece if the Greek government smacks the Greek people about a bit and, basically, concedes to doing exactly what it is told by foreign powers.
Rather like being invaded and subdued, with money instead of bullets. People will die of starvation and penury rather than being shot or bombed but they end up just as dead either way.
For money. For little bits of paper. Not even that, since most modern money doesn’t have any existence at all in reality. It’s just numbers on a screen.
They’re willing to torment and kill entire nations for the sake of those numbers. And I thought I was the one writing horror stories.
Greece is resisting, Germany is pressing for them to behave as directed. As our correspondent ih high places put it –
Why not just let them go? Let them go back to the Drachma and inflate their way out of debt? Sure that would be painful but there is an end in sight if they take that route. Staying in the Euro will just mean bailout after bailout forever and no way to pay any of it back. It will destroy the Euro and every country currently using it.
Even Germany will eventually run out of money. You can’t run an export-based economy when nobody has the money to buy from you.
It’s all to preserve the vanity project that is the Euro. The common currency that could never, and will never work. Unless… Europe becomes all one country.
Which is, of course, the ultimate aim of the whole damnable project. One country, one government, one population of well-controlled people. Then, amalgamation with other superstates until someone runs the entire planet.
Why? Who in their right mind would want to run the whole planet? It would be a futile exercise because no matter how big a government gets, no matter how controlling any organisation becomes, there will always be those of us who will not do as they say. Those of us who simply don’t see money as being anything more than a convenient means of transaction. Those of us who refuse to worship those imaginary numbers. Those of us who just don’t care about it.
In one of the Batman films, Michael Caine delivers the line ‘Some men don’t care about money. Some men just want to watch the world burn’. The inference is that those who don’t care about money are destructive and inherently evil.
I disagree. I think the ones burning the world are those who care about money to the exclusion of everything else.
I really hope Greece stands its ground and continues to tell the EU to stick the Euro where the sun don’t shine but in reality I suspect they will eventually cave in. They need that bailout and they can’t run their own finances unless they have their own currency back. It’s a staring match and it all comes down to who blinks first.
Either way though, William Hague is right. The Euro project is doomed now. I suspect it was always intended to fail, to be replaced with something else. Something cashless so you can’t hoard any kind of reserve. So you can be wiped out at the push of a button if you step out of line.
Maybe I should hold back some of these tobacco leaves. We might be using them for trade sometime soon.