One of the craziest punk shows I ever went to was in this bar in Berlin, I was hanging out at this kinda grimy place up in Mitte. I had to go to the bathroom which was downstairs in the basement, and I like, smelled cigarettes and sweat coming wafting up from this hallway and went to check it out. After walking down a long sloping hallway I emerged into a cramped, steamy punk show that I didn’t even know was down there. Some eastern European band was playing, and their massively pregnant lead singer was screaming into the mic and jumping around the stage. I got pulled into the mosh pit and was enjoying it in a “I am forming memories” kinda way when she came crashing down onto my head, she was actually crowdsurfing. And it was really hot down there and I started feeling pretty ill so I went back to the bathroom and puked and I’m not sure what I did after that.
This image has been floating around the internet for a few days, and while it expresses one problem with the coverage of the Greek issues, it’s missing an even more absurd distortion.
Living in Germany has afforded me an interesting perspective on the Greek problem. As chief financiers of the bailouts, such as they were, the Germans feel taken advantage of. And based on media coverage of the process here in Germany, it’s a pretty reasonable conclusion. But it’s still incorrect.
Germans have been told that the Greek situation is analogous to the Irish one, in which they received a bailout and made austerity cuts without rioting. But, leaving aside the very real and significant differences in GDP per capita between Ireland and Greece and the relative depth of sacrifices made, the presentation of austerity cuts as the only solution to a debt crisis is incredibly misleading, and in fact an example of Morton’s Fork (Interestingly, and perhaps tellingly, a concept most commonly referenced when discussing taxation).
First the German government bails Greece out a couple times without asking their own population, allowing the media to push the narrative that Germans are paying for Greek laziness. And of course that makes Germans angry. Now Germany is telling the Greeks to pay up or get out, which is obviously incredibly popular here because of Merkel’s earlier decisions. It’s a pretty good game they’re running.
Meanwhile Greece languishes under an unelected triumvirate of European officials, who enact crushing austerity measures. 30% reduction of minimum wage. Schools running out of books. 20% of public sector workers being fired. Public health budget being reduced by more than 40%. There’s no vision of what Greece might look like after 5 or 10 years of this, but I have an idea.
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