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Greece: Vote #OXI — Alexis Tsipras’ speech at the final rally before ‘Greferendum’


Athens — Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addressed tens of thousands of people late on July 3, 2015, in the final rally to call for a #OXI (No) vote in the July 5 referendum against the European Union’s blackmail and austerity.

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  1. avatar
    Antonio Carty July 4, 2015 11:17 pm 

    OXI !!

    I think Austerity is a good thing for the rich profits of corporations to pay because they have it. Even back to modest real taxes on corporations like the 1970’s again would bring in far more money to increase not cut the health & education housing & welfare provision of society. We need to reverse this upside down austerity. At the moment corporations & private debt is a priority & can not fail but ordinary citizens are expendable to support the safety of corporations & debt of devaluation in stock market fantasies. Were as the right way up would be a corporations profit is conditional on its first providing a proper cut of tax to provide for society s living people who are the priority & can not fail. If history & Finance is as Napoleon said “a game decided by the victors” then let it be decided by Democracy the Victors not private wealth & influence.
    
People before Profit. Democracy overrules Debtocracy!
    I hope Ireland can muster a strong effective Left Peoples government as good as Syriza to win Irelands next election. 


    Here is a a short Anti Austerity poetic comic odyssey I created about myself & my country Ireland in 2012 but I dedicate it here in solidarity with the People & their government in Greece, who tomorrow once more take a stand like ancient Thermopylae a stand for the priority & value of a people’s Democracy.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/antoniocarty/sets/72157632910347272

    I hope you might enjoy it.

  2. insurgent demos July 4, 2015 8:49 pm 

    Updated version with active links:

    Greece’s 4th July 2015, Declaration of Independence from TROIKA Control

    As my graduate philosophy professor once said, “No one promised that enlightenment about the REAL WORLD would make one happy, but it will surely make one more of what one already is. The question remains, what is one to do with such enlightenment?”

    Enlightenment comes from not only seeing beauty in the world but also having the courage to stand up to its ugliness as expressed through seeing and living with the mass misery the powerful 1% leverage over the 99%.
    So, I write this on America’s “Independence Day” as a Greek-American political science professor who has seen so much beauty and so much misery. I wish to share with you some of my research in comparing these to tragedies, one in Greece, the other in America: both casualties of the Great Recession as a consequence of the great crisis of global capitalism which we’re all suffering under except, of course, for the 1%. It’s time for a real declaration of independence globally from this crazy neoliberal system.

    In politics, revolutions and rebellions happen when people get fed up: The American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution and Developing World’s struggles against northern colonialism and imperialism. In each case, Democracy’s struggle to be realized through dissenting voices calling for self-determination has set the context, the goal throughout history.
    For me, Jefferson’s call for Revolution has echoed throughout history from Ho Chi Minh’s fight for Vietnamese national independence from French colonial rule when he actually sent a letter in the spirit of the Declaration, the Atlantic and San Francisco Charters [U.N. predecessor] to President Truman, which Truman kept secret from the American people to Che Guevara’s fight for Latin American independence from colonial domination—the cry for independence still rings true in Syntagma where young Greeks raise Che’s banner in the spirit of Jefferson’s plee and shout “NO!”
    http://www.cvce.eu/en/obj/letter_from_ho_chi_minh_to_harry_s_truman_28_february_1946-en-63812c0e-9a33-400c-b53a-272fc7669d96.html
    http://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/todays-doc/?dod-date=228
    In the Greek case, the use of the debt weapon as economic weapon to control Greece’s economy shows the rising of Greece’s democracy-in-action as one answer for a declaration of independence.

    So, please dear reader, read this passage as a reminder, read it very, very closely:

    The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

    http://www.law.indiana.edu/uslawdocs/declaration.html

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orAtopuW4Rc

    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

    –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

    But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

    —Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain [George III] is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. ….

    Let’s compare the tragedies in a global context:
    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/jun/05/imf-admit-mistakes-greek-crisis-austerity

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/nils-pratley-on-finance/2015/jul/02/imfs-late-confession-is-a-double-edged-blessing-for-alexis-tsipras

    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/7/1/greek-bailout-money-went-to-banks-not-greece.html

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/29/where-did-the-greek-bailout-money-go

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/04/greeces-mass-psychology-of-revolt-will-survive-the-financial-carpet-bombing
    Finally, to give you a global picture of the Greek tragedy, it’s not just impacting Greece, the neoliberal policies are also hitting American workers hard, too. It’s a global phenomenon and American politicians like their Euro-TROIKA counterparts are of the same class and ideology. That’s why I’ve also included overtime the current dismal situation of middle class Americans. America is NOT a democracy in its truest sense if we compare that to Greece but American’s share the same dismal existence in many ways:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/untouchables/

    http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/site/#/crimeandpunishment

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/secret-and-lies-of-the-bailout-20130104

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/we-bailed-you-out-and-now-you-want-what/2015/06/05/95ba1be0-0a27-11e5-95fd-d580f1c5d44e_story.html

    http://www.povertyusa.org/

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2012/jul/21/offshore-wealth-global-economy-tax-havens/print

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/06/american-austerity-europeans-concerns-safety-net

    http://america.aljazeera.com/topics/topic/issue/homelessness.html

    http://www.studentsagainsthunger.org/page/hhp/overview-homelessness-america

    http://endhomelessness.org/library/entry/the-state-of-homelessness-in-america-2015

    http://www.epi.org/publication/ceo-pay-has-grown-90-times-faster-than-typical-worker-pay-since-1978/

    http://www.cheatsheet.com/politics/this-is-what-poverty-in-america-looks-like.html/?a=viewall

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/americas-incredible-shrinking-middle-class/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEj-SJEhMRk

    https://youtu.be/zMZbNIAkc5A
    http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/10/high-unemploymentlowwagegrowthworldeconomystagnation.html

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jan/20/oxfam-85-richest-people-half-of-the-world

    http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/04/14/us-oligarchy-not-democracy-says-scientific-study

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSoglDcRbAg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wlHB6jSe7s

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6HMQM7Lo58

    http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/5179

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/04/10/trickle-down-democracy/print

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y-u0UnKZ_U

    Another American leader, like Jefferson, had a radical solution: An Economic Bill of Rights for All Americans, but his bill was quickly and quietly shelved after he died: Here it is, like the Declaration, read it very, very closely, then ask yourself about “Democracy in America”?

    FDR’s “The Economic Bill of Rights”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Bill_of_Rights

    On January 11, 1944, in the midst of World War II, President Roosevelt spoke forcefully and eloquently about the greater meaning and higher purpose of American security in a post-war America. The principles and ideas conveyed by FDR’s words matter as much now as they did over sixty years ago, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center is proud to reprint a selection of FDR’s vision for the security and economic liberty of the American people in war and peace.

    “The Economic Bill of Rights”

    Excerpt from President Roosevelt’s January 11, 1944 message to the Congress of the United States on the State of the Union

    It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

    This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.

    As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.

    We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

    In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

    Among these are:

    1. The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

    2. The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

    3. The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

    4. The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

    5. The right of every family to a decent home;

    6. The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

    7. The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

    The right to a good education.

    All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.

    America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens. —–

    Now watch and listen to both of the leaders together:

    Tsipra’s speech to the Citizens of Athens and FDR’s speech to the Citizens of America:

    http://webtv.ert.gr/katigories/enimerosi/03jul2015-greek-prime-minister-mr-alexis-tsipras-address-to-the-people-at-the-no-vote-rally/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EZ5bx9AyI4&feature=youtu.be

    Greece’s Tsipas is pleading for nothing less for his people, too.

    History does indeed come back to bite us all in the ass!!!! Q.E.D.

  3. insurgent demos July 4, 2015 8:41 pm 

    “OXI!” and Enlightened Dissent: Greece’s 4th July 2015, Declaration of Independence from TROIKA Control

    As my graduate philosophy professor once said, “No one promised that enlightenment about the REAL WORLD would make one happy, but it will surely make one more of what one already is. The question remains, what is one to do with such enlightenment?”

    Enlightenment comes from not only seeing beauty in the world but also having the courage to stand up to its ugliness as expressed through seeing and living with the mass misery the powerful 1% leverage over the 99%.

    So, I write this on America’s “Independence Day” as a Greek-American political science professor who has seen so much beauty and so much misery. I wish to add my voice with you and I beg your indulgence and wish to share with you some of my research in comparing these to tragedies, one in Greece, the other in America, both counties I love and both casualties of the Great Recession as a consequence of the catastrophic failure of global capitalism which we’re all suffering under except, of course, for the 1%. It’s time for a real declaration of independence globally from this crazy neoliberal system.

    In politics, revolutions and rebellions happen when people get fed up. The historical record is clear on this: The American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution and Developing World’s struggles against northern colonialism and imperialism. In each case, Democracy’s struggle to be realized through dissenting voices calling for self-determination has set the context, the goal throughout history. So, I share this declaration with you all as a reminder. Please read it very, very closely:

    The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

    http://www.law.indiana.edu/usl

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?…

    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. [Sunday’s referendum to remain in a democratic Europe or leave it and go it alone.]

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, [Tsipras takes the issue to the Greeks to decide their fate]

    –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. [SYRIZA’s January mandate to end austerity]

    But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. [SYRIZA’s dissent with the TROIKA governing powers]

    —Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain [George III] is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. [Eurzone “Debt colonies” of Greece, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, and other working class Europeans as debt slaves]

    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public

    good. …[TROIKA elites have refused to assent to laws and principles of democracy and enforced their financial powers in order to overthrow the Greek government that challenges the TROIKA’s authority.]

    …………..

    For me, Jefferson’s call for Revolution has echoed throughout history from Ho Chi Minh’s fight for Vietnamese national independence from French colonial rule when he actually sent a letter in the spirit of the Declaration, the Atlantic and San Francisco Charters [U.N. predecessor] to President Truman, which Truman kept secret from the American people to Che Guevara’s fight for Latin American independence from
    colonial domination [including the later Latin American debt crises]—the cry for independence still rings true in Syntagma where young Greeks raise Che’s banner in the spirit of Jefferson’s plee and shout “NO!” = “OXI!”

    Their cry of dissent is part of the bedrock of democracy.

    http://www.cvce.eu/en/obj/lett

    http://www.archives.gov/histor

    Let’s compare the tragedies in a global context:

    In the Greek case, the use of the debt weapon as economic weapon to control Greece’s economy shows the rising of Greece’s democracy-in-action as one answer for another declaration of
    independence.

    http://www.theguardian.com/bus

    http://www.theguardian.com/bus

    http://america.aljazeera.com/a

    http://www.theguardian.com/wor

    http://www.theguardian.com/com

    Finally, my dear reader, to give you a global picture of the Greek tragedy, it’s not just impacting Greece, the
    neoliberal policies are also hitting American workers hard, too. It’s a global phenomenon and American politicians like their Euro-TROIKA counterparts are of the same class and ideology—bailing out the dollar or euro in order to protect bond investors and the 1% is universal. So, I’ve also included overtime the current dismal situation of middle class Americans. America is NOT a democracy in its truest sense if we compare that to Greece but American’s share the same dismal existence in many ways and seek the sense of democracy of “One for All, All for One” in a neoliberal system that only understands “Me, Me, Me!”:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/

    http://www.sonyclassics.com/in

    http://www.rollingstone.com/po

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/

    http://www.povertyusa.org/

    http://www.theguardian.com/bus

    http://www.theguardian.com/com

    http://america.aljazeera.com/t

    http://www.studentsagainsthung

    http://endhomelessness.org/lib

    http://www.epi.org/publication

    http://www.cheatsheet.com/poli

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?…

    https://youtu.be/zMZbNIAkc5A

    http://america.aljazeera.com/o

    http://www.theguardian.com/bus

    http://www.commondreams.org/vi

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?…

    http://www.truth-out.org/opini

    http://www.counterpunch.org/20

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?…

    Another American leader, like Jefferson, had a “radical” solution, too: An Economic Bill of Rights for All
    Americans, but his bill was quickly and quietly shelved after he died; it was deemed “too radical” by some.

    Here it is, like the Declaration, read it very, very closely, then ask yourself about “Democracy in America”?

    FDR’s “Economic Bill of Rights as a Second Bill of Rights”

    On January 11, 1944, in the midst of World War II, President Roosevelt spoke forcefully and eloquently about the greater meaning and higher purpose of American security in a post-war America. The principles and ideas conveyed by FDR’s words matter as much now as they did over sixty years ago, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center is proud to reprint a selection of FDR’s vision for the security and economic liberty of the American people in war and peace.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/

    “A Second Economic Bill of Rights”

    Excerpt from President Roosevelt’s January 11, 1944 message to the Congress of the United States on the State of the Union

    It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

    This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.

    As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.

    We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

    In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

    Among these are:

    1. The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or
    mines of the nation;

    2. The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

    3. The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will
    give him and his family a decent living;

    4. The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of
    freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

    5. The right of every family to a decent home;

    6. The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good
    health;

    7. The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

    8. The right to a good education.

    All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.

    America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens. —–

    Compare this the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights: http://www.un.org/en/documents

    Now finally, watch and listen to both of the leaders together:

    Tsipra’s speech to the Citizens of Athens and FDR’s speech to the Citizens of America:
    http://webtv.ert.gr/katigories

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?…

    All these declarations for democracy and independence share one thing in common, the universal aspiration of people to share in solidarity a better life on this planet as expressed through dissenting against social injustice. Greece’s aspirations, are no different. Greece’s Tsipas is pleading for nothing less for his people than Jefferson, FDR, Che, Ho Chi Minh and many others.

    History does indeed come back to bite us all.

    The question remains, how will we use enlighten dissent to achieve a better world for all? Watch the Greeks and just say “OXI!”

  4. Thom Burlington July 4, 2015 6:23 pm 

    No is the Powerful Word – when used correctly – to stop abuse; to stop destruction; to stop austerity and manipulation; to stop Lies ; and to promote democracy in action! Accolades to those Greek people who are courageous and leading us to a better future.

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