FacebookTwitterRedditEmail

Victory for Democracy in Greece!

The title of this piece should have been the title of the news stories today about the surprise announcement by the Greek Prime Minister that, instead of forcing but another round of draconian austerity measures upon the Greek people, the Greek government will instead be holding a referendum on this subject.

Almost invariably, news outlets greeted such great news with somber headlines such as the one from The New York Times, reading, “Markets Tumble as Greece Plans Referendum.”    Thus, while democracy is breaking out in Greece – oh yes, I forgot, in the country where democracy was invented – due to massive street protests organized by labor and left-wing groups such as the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), the ruling class and its media mouthpieces focus only on what this is going to do the stock market.   And apparently, the rise of democracy, despite the claimed link between it and capitalism, does not translate into a rise in the Dow Jones.

In all fairness to the capitalists, this is very bad news for them, for the belt-tightening by workers that they are calling for around the world is in great jeopardy if it is subject to a popular vote.   And so, in the U.S., such measures are not even being considered by the full Congress, much less by popular referendum, but instead are being debated by a dozen hand-picked members of the Congressional Debt sub-committee.

In short, the game has been rigged so that the popular will cannot have any role in the upcoming decision to slash social benefits.   And so, as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka informed union members by video yesterday, the Democrats on this sub-committee, ridiculously dubbed the “Super Committee,” have proposed huge cuts to sacred social benefits such as social security and Medicare, while the Republicans have seen them and raised them even greater cuts.

In short, while polls show massive opposition to such cuts, both parties are hell-bent on making them anyway.   So much for democratic values.

It stands to reason, then, that the ruling class is panicked about what is happening in Greece, lest it happen in other countries, such as the U.S. where the Occupy Movement has begun to raise questions about who is really in charge of this country and who should be.  However, why is their panic the main story of the day?  Why isn’t the people’s victory in Greece the real story?

Well, the answer is obvious, though many are loath to believe it – the news media does not work for us, the people, but instead works for the very rich.   While we have been told this many times by such intellectuals as Noam Chomsky and Michael Parenti, and by many others here on CounterPunch, this conclusion is inescapable in light of the current news headlines on Greece.

This is why we must always read between the lines of the main stream press and be skeptical of it, and that is why we need news sources like CounterPunch now more than ever.

Daniel Kovalik is Senior Associate General Counsel of the USW

 

More articles by:

Daniel Kovalik teaches International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

bernie-the-sandernistas-cover-344x550
Weekend Edition
July 19, 2019
Friday - Sunday
Rob Urie
The Blob Fought the Squad, and the Squad Won
Miguel A. Cruz-Díaz
It Was Never Just About the Chat: Ruminations on a Puerto Rican Revolution.
Anthony DiMaggio
System Capture 2020: The Role of the Upper-Class in Shaping Democratic Primary Politics
Andrew Levine
South Carolina Speaks for Whom?
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: Big Man, Pig Man
Bruce E. Levine
The Groundbreaking Public Health Study That Should Change U.S. Society—But Won’t
Evaggelos Vallianatos
How the Trump Administration is Eviscerating the Federal Government
Pete Dolack
All Seemed Possible When the Sandinistas Took Power 40 years Ago
Ramzy Baroud
Who Killed Oscar and Valeria: The Inconvenient History of the Refugee Crisis
Ron Jacobs
Dancing with Dr. Benway
Joseph Natoli
Gaming the Climate
Marshall Auerback
The Numbers are In, and Trump’s Tax Cuts are a Bust
Louisa Willcox
Wild Thoughts About the Wild Gallatin
Kenn Orphan
Stranger Things, Stranger Times
Mike Garrity
Environmentalists and Wilderness are Not the Timber Industry’s Big Problem
Helen Yaffe
Cuban Workers Celebrate Salary Rise From New Economic Measures
Brian Cloughley
What You Don’t Want to be in Trump’s America
David Underhill
The Inequality of Equal Pay
David Macaray
Adventures in Script-Writing
David Rosen
Say Goodbye to MAD, But Remember the Fight for Free Expression
Nick Pemberton
This Is Heaven!: A Journey to the Pearly Gates with Chuck Mertz
Dan Bacher
Chevron’s Oil Spill Endangers Kern County
J.P. Linstroth
A Racist President and Racial Trauma
Binoy Kampmark
Spying on Julian Assange
Rose Ramirez – Dedrick Asante-Mohammad
A Trump Plan to Throw 50,000 Kids Out of Their Schools
David Bravo
Precinct or Neighborhood? How Barcelona Keeps Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Global Capital
Ralph Nader
Will Any Disgusted Republicans Challenge Trump in the Primaries?
Dave Lindorff
The BS about Medicare-for-All Has to Stop!
Arnold August
Why the Canadian Government is Bullying Venezuela
Tom Clifford
China and the Swine Flu Outbreak
Missy Comley Beattie
Highest Anxiety
Jill Richardson
Weapons of the Weak
Peter Certo
Washington vs. The Squad
Peter Bolton
Trump’s Own Background Reveals the True Motivation Behind Racist Tweets: Pure White Supremacy
Colin Todhunter
From Mad Cow Disease to Agrochemicals: Time to Put Public Need Ahead of Private Greed
Nozomi Hayase
In Crisis of Democracy, We All Must Become Julian Assange
Wim Laven
The Immoral Silence to the Destructive Xenophobia of “Just Leave”
Cecily Myart-Cruz
McDonald’s: Stop Exploiting Our Schools
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume
Our Veggie Gardens Won’t Feed us in a Real Crisis
CounterPunch News Service
A Homeless Rebellion – Mission Statement/Press Release
Louis Proyect
Parallel Lives: Cheney and Ailes
David Yearsley
Big in the Bungalow of Believers
Ellen Taylor
The Northern Spotted Owls’ Tree-Sit
July 18, 2019
Timothy M. Gill
Bernie Sanders, Anti-Imperialism and Venezuela
W. T. Whitney
Cuba and a New Generation of Leaders Respond to U.S. Anti-People War
FacebookTwitterRedditEmail