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Did you ever want to see a society remade into the corporatist mode?  Greece is going down that path right now.  The IMF is gleefully setting out conditions and ‘austerity measures’ necessary for Greece to qualify for the bailout package.  How much would you wager that the Public Sector is going to take a beating?  Today’s news is part of a cycle of the forced privatization of the Greek economy.

“Hundreds of youths rioted in Athens on Saturday, throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at police who responded with tear gas at a large May Day rally against austerity measures needed to secure loans for near-bankrupt Greece.”

The youthful vanguard responds, but until the middle class in Greece responds their efforts will be in vain.

“Greece’s additional austerity measures are likely to include raising consumer taxes while docking pensions and public service pay. Unions are furious.

“These measures are death,” said Nikos Diamantopoulos, participating in a rally organized by unions. “How people are going to live tomorrow, how they’re going to survive, I do not understand.”

The people will live for tomorrow but will they accept the dismantling of the state in order to ‘save’ their country?  Some resist:

The Greek people do not owe anything to anybody,” Left coalition leader Alexis Tsipras told reporters at one of the Athens rallies, assailing “those who have brazenly robbed public money and pension funds.”

Virginia Kalapotharakou, an accountant who joined striking seamen and dockworkers rallying in the port of Piraeus, called the potential measures “very reactionary.”

“They’re trying to do away with all the rights we gained through struggles in previous years,” she said.

Because breaking unions and cutting the public sector is obviously the first choice in fixing a country.  How about raising corporate taxes and income taxes for the rich?  Austerity plans seldom mention these strategies.

Stay tuned, hopefully the workers in Greece can resists the undoing of their country.

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