Tagged: Greece

Pas attendre

The bailout of Greece is a done deal. Tsipras and Varoufakis were walkovers for Ms Merkel. Game theory, set, match.

Wafels & Dinges is the best food cart in NYC.

Heathers was the best American movie of the 1980s.

Pink Floyd were done after Syd left.

Reverend Huckabee is headed to the Middle East to be on hand for The Rapture.

Clock strikes ten

The shift from humourless intersectionality to ironic, lifestyle feminism is welcome. Thank you, Ms Dunham.

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In the wake of the Greece debacle (for Mr Tsipras and the demagogue Varoufakis), talk of the final days of capitalism is sure to ensue. It’s worth remembering that the end of capitalism was just around the corner. In 1848. The final crisis of capitalism never quite happened. Hence, in its place there arose the “crisis of crisis theory” (Claus Offe). Anyone recall the “falling rate of profit”?

Capitalism is always innovativing, which Marx recognised. Methods of procuring profit are revolutionised constantly; whatever does not work, is abandoned. What Marx failed to recognise was the role that the state would play in extending the shelf life of capitalism well beyond his worst fears. The state is not merely the “executive committee” of the bourgeoisie in its struggle against the working class; it is also an engine of capitalist expansion. Most importantly, the state makes the ethereal, invisible hand quite visible to investors.

The term “postcapitalism” is a fudge on the fact that it’s still capitalism (or “late capitalism” as per Adorno). Mr Graeber is, at best, a theorist of the “last crisis,” not the “next crisis” and certainly not the “final crisis,” which never arrives anyway. My advice: don’t waste time enrolling in Potlatch Economics 101.

Play the game

The Republicans have fielded the worst set of candidates in US history.

Ms Clinton is the Ronda Rousey of this election. All opponents who come before her will be submitted.

Shouldn’t Spider-Man be an American?

So long Mr Tsipras. Promised too much, negotiated in bad faith. Alienated everyone.

There’s no Plato or Socrates in Greece today.

Become what you are

I had been under the impression that the leather kilt was made famous by Kimye. However, a google search reveals Axl Rose wearing the leather. Yet another strike against Kimye!

Egyptian street posh (i.e., neo-dandyism) is a vital weapon against the medieval monotheism.

From Emailgate in America (Hillary Clinton) to Kitchengate in England (Ed Miliband). Can contemporary journalism sink any lower than this?

Re alleged misandry: Men hate other men, and often kill each other wantonly. Why then should men care whether women hate them.

Making little headway and facing the wrath of the Greek electorate, the new government has reached the point of desperation (see Nikos Paraskevopoulos’s reference to German “war reparations”). Greece is looking for any excuse to default.

From afar (NYC), Mr Farage sounds like an extremist. He appears to stand in a long line of politicians who willingly demonise a minority of the population in order to gain political power. In other words, he seeks British unity through the promotion of division. Quite the paradox. On this side of the pond, he would be indistinguishable from the Palins, Bachmanns, Huckabees, etc.

The Napster generation (e.g., Kim Dotcom, Pharrell etc.) thinks piracy is OK. Arr!

Corner of Bleecker and nowhere

Journalists can’t demand transparency from everyone but themselves without falling into self-serving hypocrisy.

Wikileaks advocates transparency but seeks privacy when it’s convenient, a performative contradiction.

Syriza are the hoplites of prosperity.

Pundits say Syriza’s victory is a defeat for Germany. However, one should never underestimate Ms Merkel. She’ll pull her euros out of the fire yet.

The Church of England finally has a female bishop. 481 years in the making.