This protracted dispute will result in desirable carnage if Greece defaults, thereby becoming a constructively frightening example to all democracies doling out unsustainable, growth-suppressing entitlements.
[snip a long passage in which you can almost hear George Will sharpening his knives on a grindstone]
It cannot be said too often: There cannot be too many socialist smashups. The best of these punish reckless creditors whose lending enables socialists to live, for a while, off other people’s money. The world, which owes much to ancient Athens’s legacy, including the idea of democracy, is indebted to today’s Athens for the reminder that reality does not respect a democracy’s delusions.
(Admiringly) Wow, that is Old School. That brings back the days of the Cold War, once we worked out that the best way to kill off the Commies was to just put inexorable pressure on them and let their integral, internal self-contradictions do all the work for us. And I’m reasonably sure that George here is ready to let history repeat itself.
Hard to argue effectively with that, although as I’ve noted earlier Greece is still an ally, which leads me to rather sentimentally not want it to collapse into some sort of Anarchy Free-Fire Zone. But, hey, elections have consequences. Greece has been making some very bad calls all throughout this crisis; not least of which was its inexplicable decision to hire Marxists to solve its economic problems. That’s like hiring a radical Greenie to run your fission pile; he doesn’t want to do the job, and even if he did he still doesn’t know how. Hopefully the Greeks will wise up, soon… because the end result of that fission pile analogy would quite likely be a pile of corpses, and that is something that Commies are quite good at producing, alas.
What, you don’t think that you can have a Third World collapse in Europe? Why? It’s not like there’s some sort of Cause And Effect disruption field covering the continent…
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*The ruling Syriza party is not actually ‘merely’ socialist. The socialists are the public face of a party that’s one third flat-out Commie. And the hard stuff, too: so, they’re Commies. And, remember: Marxism is intellectualism for stupid people.