Our common dream is the only antidote to the common nightmare already in the works. But to become an effective antidote we need to join forces. We need to overcome the usual tendency of progressives to fall prey to the sirens of discord.
The former finance minister is attempting a second act.
His plan involved hacking into government software.
For the past two weeks Greece has entered the climax of the Comedy of Errors - that is its six-year-old economic crisis. Banks have closed, referendums called, rallies and counter-rallies have been held, society divided and tales of conspiracies and Armageddon have become commonplace.
In the image and reality of democracy some recourse to the people is essential. It must involve rich and directly effective activity by citizens and transparent inspiration by leaders.
Thousands of twitters described the German action as a coup. The European Union was founded in order to put an end to the
What most people refer to as "negotiation" between the European political elite and the Greek government is actually a form
What do they really want? That's the question everyone is asking about both the Germans and the Greeks. Aspirations explicit and veiled circulate. But recent events -- negotiations, stalemate, trash talk, referendum, shutdowns -- have moved many options off the table. A thunderous "no" vote in Greece drowned out the more pointed "no" from Germany. Both these negatives were expressions not of will but of weakness. Yes, that's correct, German weakness, too. Is this something Alexis Tsipras can exploit? On such a field of increasing obstacle and impediment is where the next battle will play out. Politics is like this.
His sacrifice suggested Tsipras is determined to try to reach a last-ditch compromise with European leaders. Greece's immediate
Greece should refuse a false choice by turning in a blank ballot. Refuse in this way the elite-mongering decisionism from which this scandalous insult to voting arises. Let it all go down. Around that the leaders and negotiators will have to adjust. Maybe then some small and sober and unexpected light will appear.