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Marxist Clown Follies
Varoufakis: Traitor?
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  • ljgude

    I agree that Varoufakis is a Marxist who denies economic reality like they do in Venezuela, but perhaps not Zimbabwe class like Mugabe and his worthless Hundred Trillion Dollar note. But that there was a contingency plan to restart the Drachma and the treasurer was organizing it? That doesn’t seem criminal, only prudent. Still they were going to seize the mint and and other shenanigans right out of B grade 30s movie. I also think you get it right that the bitterness of this conflict goes right back to the Truman administration when American advisors helped stop the Communists in the first proxy war of the Cold War. I know the scars are still there given the bitterness toward the US still felt by Greeks I have met. It really was a civil war and Greece has not recovered entirely from it – something recent events in the US over the Confederate flag should remind us make national unity hard to achieve.

  • TheCynical1

    Yeah, right, let them indict Nigel Farage too.

  • Andrew Allison

    I don’t see any evidence that the present situation is a result of, or will result in, the stirring up of old hatreds. A majority of the left and right fractions in Greece voted to accept the terms of the bailout, extremists on the left are opposed. As ljgude notes, preparations to reintroduce the Drachma were only prudent when it appeared that Greece might have to abandon the euro. The issue is whether the plans, not the planning, were lawful.

  • Fat_Man

    In the US, Treason is defined in Article 3, Section of the Constitution: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”

    By US standards, there could be no allegation of treason as there was no war and no enemy.

    Furthermore, Galbraith is not a Greek Citizen and could not be charged with treason under US standards, as he owed Greece no duty of loyalty.

    Further, the US Congress can investigate officers of the Government for impeachment. But, that is not a criminal proceeding. Art I, Sec 3: “Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.”

    All of this is based on US law, which does not apply.

    • dawnsblood

      The Greeks may not care about US law but he had advisers that were foreign nationals. If any of those folks were American, I do hope the US would look at something like that if handed an extradition request. . .

  • Anthony

    “…Varoufakis felt empowered by the scale of Syriza’s electoral win and compelled by economic logic to press three issues that many economist believe must be addressed if sustained growth is to be restored: less and more intelligent austerity; structural reforms that better meet social objectives; and debt reduction.” http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/varoufakis-agenda-defended-by-mohamed-a-el-erian-2015-07

  • f1b0nacc1

    Come now, we all know what is going on here. Our friend Varoufakis is being thrown under the bus….

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