There’s a piece here by the inexplicably valued international economist Anatole Kaletsky, entitled ‘Why Syriza Will Blink’.
I must fess up here at the outset and admit I can’t abide Kaletsky. He is Big State Bully personified; and this is reflected in the fact that his sole concern in the piece linked above is to advise the Capone Mob on how to rub out Eliot Ness. It confirms the feeling I’ve always had about the bloke, which is that he has a bit missing. Funnily enough, the missing bit is ‘feeling’.
His new ‘Capitalism 4.0’ thesis was memorably described by the Guardian’s Peter Preston in 2010 as ‘easy to read but hard to follow’. In the thesis, Kaltesky argued for a “pragmatic” approach with minimal use of ideology in developing the future of capitalism….up to but not including an alternative to bourse capitalism. So he is, if you like, a kind of flexibly inflexible easygoing didactic think outside the box while remaining inside the think tank economist. Capitalism 4.0 is about as useful as Window 8.1.
Anatole Kaletsky’s ‘solution’ to the Greek debt issue is to crush Greece, but in an eclectically open-minded and fundamentally Stalinist rescue from deviation manner. Sort of ‘tanks in 1956 Hungary with a human face’.
He gets The Big Things wrong in this piece as he always does, because – like all tedious idealogues orienteering via use of the rear mirror – he and anthropology are strangers. Kaletsky simply doesn’t ‘get’ people.
He postulates (quite wrongly in my view) that the Greeks and the Troika have three options. In reality:
1. There are not three options, there is only one. It is one Draghi fears – Athens resistance within the euro – and AK’s twisted enthusiasm for it is based on the erroneous belief that the Greeks would simple sit there and cave….and Syriza has no currency Plan B. On both bases, I very much doubt that analysis.
2. Draghi’s much bigger fear, shared by the Bundesbank’s Jens Weidmann – that forgiveness of one leads to forgiveness of all – is an alternative that doesn’t even occur to him as an infinitely better, cheaper solution. Equally important, survival of one leads to encouragement of fellow-sufferers…and that’s not just the end of the euro, it’s the end of Brussels.
And so Anna for whom the Bell Tolls proffers the 1941 Panzer solution. What a profoundly chilling man he is.
I am more than ever convinced that we are heading for an age in which the opposing ideologues slug each other to a standstill, because they’d rather have a war than a good idea. It’d be nice to think that they’d wipe each other out, and leave the rest of us to get on with our lives; but we’re all too long in the tooth to believe that. And anyway, I’m a pacifist. No – really – straight up – I am.
The likes of Anatole Kaletsky simply cannot get beyond a vision of the future in which there are no concentric circles. He doesn’t have community mutualism on his two-millimetre wide radar screen, because that involves putting civic humanity before malign, wishful economic theory thinking. He suggests an open mind for others, but from the comfort of his own closed shop. And his shop is closed because all the stock is way, way beyond its sellby date.
I’m sorry to end on this note again, but the controlling fascism of the EU remains utterly ignored by the liberal British Europhiles. If they don’t want to be tarred with the same brush as Big Brother, then this is an idée fixe they need to unscrew. They are siding with a wannabe socially democratic Union that has been hijacked by banker-driven neoliberalism.