ΑΝΑΖΗΤΩΝΤΑΣ ΤΗΝ ΑΛΗΘΕΙΑ

Δεν υπάρχει πρόοδος χωρίς σύγκρουση. Συνειδητά ή ασυνείδητα, άτομα και έθνη εμπλέκονται στον αέναο πνευματικό αγώνα της Συμπαντικής Εξέλιξης, έναν αγώνα για την επικράτηση της Αλήθειας κατά του ψέματος, της Δικαιοσύνης κατά της αδικίας, της Αγάπης κατά του μίσους - αγώνα που αντανακλάται στο υλικό πεδίο προκαλώντας, δυστυχώς, πολύ ανθρώπινο πόνο… Θέτοντας κανείς τον εαυτό του στην υπηρεσία της Αλήθειας υπηρετεί το ύψιστο συλλογικό συμφέρον.

**Η Αλήθεια υπάρχει, το ψέμα πρέπει να εφευρεθεί.
**"Θα γνωρίσετε την Αλήθεια και η Αλήθεια θα σας ελευθερώσει" Βίβλος
**"Η μεγαλύτερη απώλεια στον κόσμο είναι η διαφορά μεταξύ αυτού που είμαστε κι αυτού που θα μπορούσαμε να γίνουμε."
**"Όταν οι φιλόσοφοι βασιλέψουν και οι βασιλιάδες φιλοσοφήσουν, μόνο τότε θα ευτυχήσουν οι λαοί." Πλάτων
**"Η αξία του ανθρώπου καθορίζεται από το σκαλοπάτι της κλίμακας της αγάπης πάνω στο οποίο στέκεται." Τορκόμ Σαραϊνταριάν

Παρασκευή, 2 Οκτωβρίου 2015

SOS από Joseph Stiglitz: Η οικονομική πολιτική της Τρόικα σκοτώνει την Ελλάδα

Με αφορμή το γεγονός ότι στην πρόσφατη εκδήλωση του Ιδρύματος Κλίντον για την κρίση στην Ελλάδα, εκτός από τον αμφιλεγόμενο Τζορτζ Σόρος και τον εφιάλτη ΓΑΠ, παρευρισκόταν στη συζήτηση και ο γνωστός για την αντίθεσή του στη λιτότητα νομπελίστας οικονομολόγος Τζόζεφ Στίγκλιτς, ανέτρεξα στα πρόσφατα άρθρα και δηλώσεις του μπας και βγάλω κανένα συμπέρασμα για τις επιδιώξεις της ετερόκλητης παρέας της Γιάννας Αγγελοπούλου.
Παραθέτω αποσπάσματα στα Αγγλικά. Η μετάφραση εδώ.


03/02/2015: A Greek Morality Tale
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Austerity had failed repeatedly, from its early use under US President Herbert Hoover, which turned the stock-market crash into the Great Depression, to the IMF “programs” imposed on East Asia and Latin America in recent decades. And yet when Greece got into trouble, it was tried again. 

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Given the amount of distress brought about by excessive debt, one might well ask why individuals and countries have repeatedly put themselves into this situation. After all, such debts are contracts – that is, voluntary agreements – so creditors are just as responsible for them as debtors. In fact, creditors arguably are more responsible: typically, they are sophisticated financial institutions, whereas borrowers frequently are far less attuned to market vicissitudes and the risks associated with different contractual arrangements. Indeed, we know that US banks actually preyed on their borrowers, taking advantage of their lack of financial sophistication. 
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If Europe has allowed these debts to move from the private sector to the public sector – a well-established pattern over the past half-century – it is Europe, not Greece, that should bear the consequences. Indeed, Greece’s current plight, including the massive run-up in the debt ratio, is largely the fault of the misguided troika programs foisted on it.

29/06/2015: Joseph Stiglitz, to Greece’s Creditors: Abandon Austerity Or Face Global Fallout
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The cost-cutting was an enormous mistake, Stiglitz says, and it’s time for the creditors to admit it. “They have criminal responsibility,” he says of the so-called troika of financial institutions that bailed out the Greek economy in 2010, namely the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank. “It’s a kind of criminal responsibility for causing a major recession,” Stiglitz tells TIME in a phone interview.

29/06/2015: I can think of no depression, ever, that has been so deliberate and had such catastrophic consequences. 
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It is startling that the troika has refused to accept responsibility for any of this or admit how bad its forecasts and models have been. But what is even more surprising is that Europe’s leaders have not even learned. 
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But, again, it’s not about the money. It’s about using “deadlines” to force Greece to knuckle under, and to accept the unacceptable – not only austerity measures, but other regressive and punitive policies.

07/07/2015: Will financial leaders find the courage to admit they were wrong? 
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And it wasn't because Greece didn't do what it was supposed to; it was because it did. 
On the all-important macroeconomic front, Greece had the biggest and fastest fiscal consolidation among the advanced European economies in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, ruthlessly cutting back expenditures and raising new revenues. 
The Greeks did not do all of the structural reforms that were asked of them. Some it should have done, such as doing a better job of collecting taxes from the rich. 

Others might make sense when the economy is on the road to recovery — but not now, in the middle of a great depression. If Greece had done all of them, the situation today would be little if any different in terms of GDP. In fact, more people would be unemployed, and there would have been far more suffering. It is not these "structural impediments" that are holding Greece back. After all, without any of these reforms, Greece grew at a faster rate than theEuropean Union beginning in the mid-1990s until the global crisis (4.0% vs. 2.6%).

25/07/2015: Greece, the Sacrificial Lamb 
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The battle, however, is not just about Greece. It’s not even just about the money, although special interests in the rest of Europe and some within Greece itself have taken advantage of the troika to push their own interests at the expense of ordinary Greek citizens and the country’s overall economy. 
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But these policy debates are really about ideology and power. We all know that. 
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I believe strongly that the policies being imposed will not work, that they will result in depression without end, unacceptable levels of unemployment and ever growing inequality. (...) Austerity is contractionary; inclusive capitalism — the antithesis of what the troika is creating — is the only way to create shared and sustainable prosperity."

19/08/2015: Joseph Stiglitz: “Deep-seatedly wrong” economic thinking is killing Greece
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In discussing Greece’s Third Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and its draconian terms, Stiglitz observes that the MoU is really a “surrender document” that eclipses the country’s economic sovereignty and ensures that Greece’s depression — already deeper than America’s Great Depression — will get worse. 
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Socially conservative Germans, Stiglitz warns, are doubling down on the discredited notion that austerity policies help economies recover in times of crisis. In reality, the insistence on: keeping wages down, stripping away bargaining power from workers, forcing small business owners to pay taxes a year in advance, and cutting pensions will only hamper demand and lead to a deepening spiral of debt. 
(Stiglitz emphasizes that hardly any of the money loaned to Greece has actually gone to help the Greeks themselves, but rather private-sector creditors – namely German and French banks).