Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Lapavitsas "To beat austerity, Greece must break free from the euro"



Lapavitsas is quite frank. In an article in the Guardian, he claims that

"For Syriza to avoid collapse or total surrender, we must be truly radical. Our strength lies exclusively in the tremendous popular support we still enjoy. The government should rapidly implement measures relieving working people from the tremendous pressures of the last few years: forbid house foreclosures, write off domestic debt, reconnect families to the electricity network, raise the minimum wage, stop privatisations. This is the programme we were elected on. Fiscal targets and monitoring by the “institutions” should take a back seat in our calculations, if we are to maintain our popular support.
At the same time, our government must approach the looming June negotiations with a very different frame of mind from February. The eurozone cannot be reformed and it will not become a “friendly” monetary union that supports working people. Greece must bring a full array of options to the table, and it must be prepared for extraordinary liquidity measures in the knowledge that all eventualities could be managed, if its people were ready. After all, the EU has already wrought disaster on the country.
Syriza could gain succour from the European left, but only if the left shakes off its own illusions and begins to propose sensible policies that might at last rid Europe of the absurdity that the common currency has become. There might then be a chance of properly lifting austerity across the continent. Time is indeed very short for all of us. "

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However, there are some huge gaps in Syriza' programme and its forward strategy.

1. Education needs complete reform...By whom? By a 1943 born Minister of Education?
2. Agricultural production needs complete reform...By whom? By a in-his-sixties-"traditionally-thinking"-politician who believes in mushrooms and goji berries?
3. How are they going to create jobs? By studies from Levy Institute? It's a Joke!

I would expect Syriza's top ecomonic personnel (i.e. Varoufakis, Lapavitsas, Dragasakis and Stathakis) to stop writting articles, giving interviews etc, i.e to "shut up" towards the media and work together...With their stance up to today, they all show that in Syriza they speak a lot of different languages and at the end of the day they all betray their principles, their beliefs and most of all they betray the People who voted for them...

Yannis Zabetakis

3 comments:

Yannis Zabetakis said...

Prof Lapavitsas emailed me the following:

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Dear Prof. Zabetakis,

Thank you for your message and interest in my article. Your brief comments on the Syriza programme are quite penetrating but I'm afraid that you are not well informed about how the economic committees etc function.You need to find out. As for me, the last thing that anyone needs to tell me is that I must work harder. Believe me.

If I may, and bearing in mind the tenor of your piece, it would be more helpful to public debate if people of your skills and standing contributed through comment on the essence of policy rather than by repeating the commonsense view that Syriza must stick together and work as a team.

Best wishes

Costas Lapavitsas

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and my reply to Prof. Lapavitsas:

Αγαπητέ Συνάδελφε,

σε ευχαριστώ για την άμεση απόκριση,

ως απλός ψηφοφόρος - Πολίτης στην Ελλάδα, why do "I need to find out" ? Αυτό είναι δικό ΣΑΣ θέμα να επικοινωνήσετε καλύτερα τις θέσεις σας ως κόμμα...

επί της ταμπακέρας τώρα...

έχετε πλάνο ΔΗΜΙΟΥΡΓΙΑΣ νέων θέσεων εργασίας ή απλά θα πάρετε μια μελέτη (του κ..., off the record) από το Levy Inst. ???

Φιλικά,


Γιάννης Ζαμπετάκης
http://scholar.uoa.gr/izabet/home



Y.Γ. αρθρογραφώ σε ΤΑ ΝΕΑ, ΤΟ ΒΗΜΑ, Εφ. Συν και τώρα πια the press project εδώ και 8 χρόνια...

δες κι αυτά

http://www.thepressproject.gr/article/72293/H-Agrotia-i-Paideia-kai-oi-Agores-tou-Kosmou

http://www.thepressproject.gr/list.php?author=%CE%93%CE%B9%CE%AC%CE%BD%CE%BD%CE%B7%CF%82%20%CE%96%CE%B1%CE%BC%CF%80%CE%B5%CF%84%CE%AC%CE%BA%CE%B7%CF%82

Yannis Zabetakis said...

έλαβα και 2η απάντηση

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Αγαπητέ συνάδελφε,

Ακριβως ως ψηφοφόρος και μάλιστα καθηγητής που καταθέτεις δημόσια απόψεις τόσο επιθετικές όσο η παρακάτω, οφείλεις να γνωρίζεις.

I would expect Syriza's top ecomonic personnel (i.e. Varoufakis, Lapavitsas, Dragasakis and Stathakis) to stop writting articles, giving interviews etc, i.e to "shut up" towards the media and work together...With their stance up to today, they all show that in Syriza they speak a lot of different languages and at the end of the day they all betray their principles, their beliefs and most of all they betray the People who voted for them...

Χωρίς βαθύτερη γνώση, όπως καταλαβαίνεις, η τελευταία φράση (betray!) είναι παντελώς άνευ αξίας, για να μη μιλήσω χειρότερα.

Τώρα, το αν η μελέτη του Levy είναι του κ... σηκώνει πολλή συζήτηση. Κυρίως να μας υποδειχθούν οι καλύτερες.

Επαναλαμβάνω όμως, άνθρωποι όπως εσύ θα περίμενα να έχετε θετικότερη συμβολή στη δημόσια συζήτηση τη στιγνή αυτή. Τα συγχαρητήρια μου για την αρθρογραφία σου γενικότερα.

Χαιρετισμούς

Κώστας Λαπαβίτσας

Yannis Zabetakis said...

Αγαπητέ Κώστα,

σόρι που είμαι επιθετικός, φαίνεται τα άστρα (Σκορπιός και Ταύρος) ήταν θυμωμένα όταν γεννήθηκα...

Στο προκείμενο,

φυσικά και έχω μερικές ιδέες (πλάνο αν θες) για τυποποίηση τροφίμων, καλλιέργεια τροφίμων με εξαγωγικό δυναμικό κλπ

Αλλά όταν ο Σύριζα επιλέγει Μαντά για Υπ. Παιδείας και Αποστόλου για Υπ. Αγρ. Ανάπτυξης...τότε ΔΕΝ ΥΠΑΡΧΕΙ ΕΛΠΙΔΑ για κάτι καινούργιο!

Μετά χαράς όποτε θες να σου πω τα πλάνα/ιδέες που έχουμε.

ΓΖ