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Ghosts of World War II and the Greek Economic Crisis

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COMMENT: In FTR #746 [8] and FTR  #788 [9], we ana­lyzed the Greek eco­nom­ic cri­sis, the EMU and “Clause­witz­ian Eco­nom­ics.” In addi­tion to analy­sis of the EMU as the ful­fill­ment of a long-stand­ing plan for Ger­man Euro­pean and world-wide dom­i­na­tion for­mu­lat­ed by Friedrich List in the 19th cen­tu­ry and ful­filled in the twen­ti­eth and twen­ty-first cen­turies, we high­light­ed the delib­er­ate beg­gar­ing of Greece through “Clause­witz­ian Economics”–the con­tin­u­a­tion of war by oth­er means.

As Greece and Ger­many [10] square off fol­low­ing the elec­tion of a left-wing coali­tion gov­ern­ment in the for­mer, the ghosts of World War II are mate­ri­al­iz­ing in fright­en­ing and dra­mat­ic fash­ion.

The new Greek finance min­is­ter has not­ed the rise of Nazism in Greece as a result of the eco­nom­ic and social depri­va­tion stem­ming from the aus­ter­i­ty doc­trine.

There also remains the pos­si­bil­i­ty of rais­ing the specter of Ger­many’s unpaid World War II debt to Greece, there­by cit­ing the eco­nom­ic and polit­i­cal dynam­ics inher­ent in the Bor­mann cap­i­tal net­work [11], about which we speak so often.

Stay tuned.

“A Game of Chick­en” by Paul Krug­man; The New York Times; 2/6/2015. [12]

. . . . Beyond that, chaos in Greece could fuel the sin­is­ter polit­i­cal forces that have been gain­ing influ­ence as Europe’s Sec­ond Great Depres­sion goes on and on. After a tense meet­ing with his Ger­man coun­ter­part, the new Greek finance min­is­ter didn’t hes­i­tate to play the 1930s card. “Nazism,” he declared, [13] “is rais­ing its ugly head in Greece” — a ref­er­ence to Gold­en Dawn, the not-so-neo-Nazi par­ty that is now the third largest in the Greek leg­is­la­ture. . . .

“Greece’s New Gov­ern­ment Braces for Col­li­sion with Ger­many” by Ste­fan Wagstyl; Finan­cial Times; 2/4/2015. [14]

. . . . But the hard­line approach has raised doubts in the for­eign min­istry, where some offi­cials wor­ry that forc­ing Athens into a cor­ner might back­fire.

The Greek gov­ern­ment has threat­ened to seek huge repa­ra­tions for the sec­ond world war Nazi occu­pa­tion. In one of his first acts as prime min­is­ter, Mr Tsipras vis­it­ed a memo­r­i­al to 200 Greek activists exe­cut­ed in 1944.

Berlin con­sid­ers the repa­ra­tions ques­tion legal­ly set­tled. Still, there are wor­ries that Ger­many would be thrust into an awk­ward posi­tion if Greece were to launch some form of cam­paign.