Article by George of Golden Dawn New York Division
As we get closer and closer to the end of the month, media outlets in the English language press report on the “struggle” between the SYRIZA coalition government and German officials. Many people from outside Greece watch this unfold and see news reports that the Greek finance minister Varoufakis is becoming more and more “willing to make a deal” as money begins to run out. In the Greek media however, things are not being displayed in exactly the same way. In fact, the Greek television stations are painting a very different picture, showing Varoufakis as a “hip” rebellious type fighting tooth and nail to stop the “mean old German man” Wolfgang Schäuble and the German dominated EU banks from their austerity measures.
Despite every indication that SYRIZA will go along with everything the Memorandum says, the Greek media is doing its best to buy time for the current government by using the “Varoufakis vs. Schäuble” narrative. This is a prime example of the media playing with the emotional psychology of the Greek people. The strategy that SYRIZA, Independent Greeks and the Greek media has is as follows:
- Change wording of things that provoked an angry response in Greeks. “Memorandum” becomes “Loan Agreement”, “Troika” becomes “Institutional Partners” etc.
- Change the look of the political figures, for example show them as “trendy”. “Oh look, Tsipras isn’t wearing a tie.” This creates the illusion of “new vs. old” as Greeks watch the footage of Varoufakis in relaxed attire speaking with the “old” “rigid” German with his tie on.
- Avoiding further visits from members of the “Institutional Partnership” (Troika) to Greece that would attract attention, and instead have Greek representatives go abroad to talk.
These three actions above may seem to many people reading this like they wouldn’t have much effect on the outrage of the Greek people, but they do have a temporary effect on the average masses. The main benefit of this is that it buys the Tsipras-Kammenos government time.
The wealthy elites of Greek society that make up the Greek media bosses, SYRIZA and all the other parties apart from Golden Dawn tend to share similar educational backgrounds different from the average Greek people. Most of these Anti-Greeks went to Ivy-League Universities in the United States or exclusive universities in places like London or Paris. The wealth that most of these politicians possess is not recent, it is “old money” and the families involved in this literally see themselves as something completely separate from Greek society, they like to see themselves as a kind of “European Aristocracy”. They see the average Greeks the same way a pig farmer would view the pigs on his land. In other words, not as something equal or even remotely related, but something to be fed, controlled and sold off for slaughter when the time is right in order to increase status.
As a result of this mentality, many of these politicians and media people took basic psychology courses abroad, and they are using what they have learned on the Greek people. The principal that they adhere to is known as “Classical Conditioning” in behavioral psychology.
This is based off an initial discovery by a Russian physiologist named Ivan Pavlov. Pavlov did an experiment on his dog, in which he discovered that his dog would react in a predictable way over time simply by ringing a bell. This type of experiment was later done on humans and it was proven that humans could be conditioned to respond in a certain way to a sight, sound or word the same way a dog can. The average Greek villager in Greece has never heard of this of course, but the politicians and media people in Greece who were educated in the US, London and Paris certainly have.
This has worked for them for decades when they had borrowed money to pay civil servants loyal to PASOK and New Democracy. What we are seeing now is yet another example of their method of dealing with the Greek people. They realize that words like “troika” and “memorandum” and such provoke a negative response and are associated with poverty and despair. The new words like “institutional partners” and “loan agreement” are not associated with this, and instead mixed in with the desperate feelings of “hope” and “change” the SYRIZA voters have been hearing about. These words are not associated with poverty and despair, at least not yet…
The problem that the elites, the servants of international money lenders have in Greece, is that changing these words will only work for so long. Because the memorandum will continue, so will the suffering of the Greek people, and slowly but surely the lies of the media and SYRIZA will become more and more visible. For them this is where the fear of Golden Dawn begins, and already as we have reported, SYRIZA is begging the international money lenders for help using Golden Dawn as a scare tactic to get them to agree to extra money. Since they claim that Golden Dawn is only existing because of the economic crisis, why is SYRIZA so worried about Golden Dawn if it is supposedly going to end the crisis?
As our leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos once said “They all hope they will just wake up one morning, and find that Golden Dawn doesn’t exist”
Time is running out for the these anti-Greek forces, and they scramble to stop the inevitable rise of Golden Dawn by whatever means. But Golden Dawn will be there until the final victory!