If the laws governing macro-economics is all Greek to you, don’t be too hard on yourself; the Greeks too are having a hard time fathoming just what the hell happened to their economy. There are almost as many theories as there are pundits trying to explain the situation, but few on the major news networks dare dig behind the prevailing myth that frames the latest road-kill on the European Union’s highway to neo-liberal Nirvana as due to, as my first guest paraphrased it, “lazy, ouzo-swilling, olive pit-spitting Greeks.”
It’s a classic blame-the-victim narrative, revealing little of the actual story behind Greece’s financial tragedy.
Greg Palast is a journalist, television presenter, and reporting investigator whose reports are found stateside at The Nation Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Magazine, and online at Truthout.org and at GregPalast.com.
He’s also author of the New York Times’ Best Selling books, ‘Billionaires and Ballot Bandits,’ ‘Armed Madhouse,’ and ‘The Best Democracy Money Can Buy,’ among others, and he’s an economist, trained at the infamous Chicago School of Economics, incubator of the very theories ravaging Greece today.
Greg’s latest book, ‘Vultures’ Picnic’ was named “Book of the Year” by the BBC’s Newsnight Review, and his film exposés include: ‘Billionaires and Ballot Bandits – The Movie,’ ‘Vultures and Vote Rustlers,’ ‘Why We Occupy – Palast Live!,’ ‘Big Easy to Big Empty,’ ‘Bush Family Fortunes, ‘ ‘The Assassination of Hugo Chavez,’ ‘Palast Investigates,’ ‘The Election File,’ and with Jeremy Scahill ‘Big Noise: From Black Water to White Powder.’
Greg Palast in the first segment.
And; next week commemorations marking the dates of two of humanity’s most heinous acts will be held again in Victoria, and around the World. On August 6th, the Victoria chapter of the Women in Black, an international collective dedicated to the promotion of peace and opposition to war and violence, will mark the 70th anniversary of the1945 destruction of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Obliterated by a new kind of weapon, the unprecedented attack set the stage for a nuclear arms race and stand-off the shadow of which still looms over the planet generations later.
Theresa Wolfwood is Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, and is a writer, photographer, and long-time activist who has traveled from the highlands of Mexico to the gates of Gaza and beyond in pursuit of peace, social justice, and women’s rights. Wolfwood has written for Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence among others, and is local coordinator for Victoria’s Women in Black. She and the Women in Black will hold an educational picket August 6th at the Inner Harbour.
Terry Wolfwood and the Women in Black standing vigil for Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and a World weary of warfare in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good to do in and around our town, and beyond here too, for the coming week.
But first; Greg Palast and Eurozone Economics 101: Getting Greece’d.