This article is adapted from one of the same name that originally appeared on the website of Soldiers For Peace International on June 8, when the newly elected Spanish government was arguing for favorable loan terms from EU bankers. Given the recent massive protests against austerity measures imposed anyway, it seems even more appropriate now.
Spanish leaders initially attempted to resist the imposition of the same austerity measures that have sent shock waves throughout the European Union. The lesson from the voters in recent elections to governments that accepted austerity as the price to pay for subservience to European banksters was not lost on government leaders in Madrid. In Italy, Greece and other nations where leaders submitted to Merkel's IMF-inspired austerity measures , those politicians and there parties lost power when the people resisted. Unfortunately, in Greece the anti-austerity measures failed in the face of threats by creditor banks.
Spain was in a unique position to resist attempts by European titans of banking to impose the Shock Doctrine throughout the EU. In the case of Europe, the idea is to extort taxpayer money by lending it the funds to pay back debts resulting from the fallout from the derivatives scam from which these bankers profited handsomely. The quid pro quo is the adoption of economic "reforms" that benefit international investors at the expense of the citizens of those nations who are then made to pay tribute to them in perpetuity. These payments constitute an ever-growing proportion of the GDPs of these nations because the austerity measures cripple the economies of debtor countries.
Spain's initial rejection of the "generous" offer of the Central Bank of Germany and other lenders to provide loans at low interest in exchange for crippling austerity measures could have been a milestone in the fight against austerity and the war against the workers of the world. It fell short of the daring open revolt against austerity in Iceland but could have been the first step toward renouncing debt there and in other European nations.
With the fourth largest economy in the European Union, Spain could have put real pressure on European banksters to lend money without austerity conditions that have proven a disaster in Greece, Ireland and elsewhere. It is a simple maxim of economics that the only sane response to economic contraction in the private sector is expansion of the government's role in providing jobs. That is a notion that seems difficult for banksters and other international corporate terrorists to understand. To them, life is a game of Monopoly and helping others achieve and maintain a decent lifestyle at the expense of their bottom lines is cheating.
The Greek economy continues to collapse and with it Greek society is falling apart. With soaring unemployment and a shredded social safety net, the suicide rate is dramatically increasing. Those who can afford it are hoarding money in anticipation of default and a return to a drachma drastically reduced in value by the debts a profligate government has accumulated. It is ironic that in the birthplace of democracy the People's voice has been drowned out by the cries of foul of the banksters in other EU nations. The same is true in the US, the birthplace of the experiment in modern democracy that appears to be failing since corporations were handed the reins of government there.
It can truly be said that we are all Greeks now , at risk of having the wealth produced by the worker stolen by the parasite class who control government in nations around the world. Those who profit from the sweat of others do so by bribing politicians to put the interests of multinational corporations over those of their own citizens. In the US and some other nations, this has been accomplished by financing the campaigns of those willing to be their Puppets in return for wealth and power. That is why the people of the United States must come together to Take Back America for the People, if not for the sake of the Peoples of the world then in their own self-interest, which are in the end are one and the same.
It will require constitutional change to ban all expenditures by special interest groups in American elections. That is why we are all Egyptians now as well. Egypt's bid for democracy has been stymied by their military rulers' defiance of calls for fundamental constitutional change that would allow for democratic elections and lead to a government of, by and or the People of Egypt. Having become dependent on US taxpayer money used to bribe them to guard Israel's southern border, the leaders of the Egyptian military are understandably reluctant to allow real democracy to undermine their privileged positions.
The only way that the Peoples of Earth will ever gain sovereignty in their own nations is for them to come together to build a united international front against fascism and war. Having suffered decades of fascist rule, Spaniards have a special responsibility. Descendents of the victims of the massacres in the Spanish Civil War have a moral responsibility to lead the effort to create a democratic New World Order. Together we can end the dreams of the international corporate terrorists who seek to establish a permanent fascist New World Order in which we are all economic slaves of a small cabal of elites.
There is hope that we will be aided by the blindness of those who would become Masters of the Universe. It is clear that they cannot foresee the imminent demise of their plans for conquest in the global game of Risk as the long game of Monopoly winds down to its predictable end. The leaders of the war against the workers of the world do not seem to understand a fundamental principle of warfare: The aggressor has no real allies, only other nations that will play along when it suits the purposes of their leaders. As the global economy collapses, expect to see these self-appointed Masters of the Universe turn on one another in a feeding frenzy . As in any game of Monopoly, there is after all only one winner. If we refuse to play by their rules, it is we who will come out winners.
It may be a good time to invest in popcorn. It should be quite a show.