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network 19/02/2015 - 10:00AM

Greece’s New Leadership: A Virus or Good Medicine?

No one likes a nasty virus, yet sometimes we can’t tell the difference between a virus and good medicine. 

Such is the case with Greece. EU leaders are accusing Greek leaders of spreading a virus across Europe, while Greece is trying to heal their economy in the aftermath of a real austerity-spreading virus. 

For many Greeks, the recently elected leftist party Syriza could turn a page in Greek history and leave behind years of humiliation, widespread poverty, inequity and fear. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hopes to make history by leading the first Eurozone government to openly oppose bailout conditions imposed by the EU and the IMF. 

Tsipras’ agenda seems to be a hopeful restorative medicine deployed against a virus that has swept across the EU and which is the subject of two Cinema Politica (CP) films.  

CATASTROIKA shows how neoliberal policies have attacked countries with destructive market forces that continue to eviscerate public resources while consolidating wealth into fewer and fewer hands. In the past, efforts to massively privatize public resources have led to unemployment, social impoverishment, declining life expectancy, and socioeconomic inequality. This was the case for both Russia and Germany. And this same neoliberal virus has spread to Greece.

Another CP film that reveals the devastating impact of this contagion is CAPITALISM IS THE CRISIS, a documentary that shows how the 2008 financial crisis was a systematic fraud, and how Greece and other countries around the world have been paying for the crimes of wealthy finance capitalists through punitive austerity programs.

Both of these documentaries compel us to organize and resist this continuing devastating virus – so see if a CP local near you is screening CATASTROIKA and CAPITALISM IS THE CRISIS. It’s high time for some good medicine.