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Bitcoin-a-kopita

Greek Financial Minister (The latest one) has threatened to move Greece to the Bitcoin should the EU not provide them with ‘a deal’.

Let me catch you up…

The Leftists in Greece were recently defeated and replaced by other Leftists. The ‘New’ Leftists do not want to pay their bills (Loans taken from the EU that went to fund Greek welfare and Government Spending). It’s worth noting that the ‘Old’ Leftists also did not want to make payments on the loans taken to fund their spending habits… but… they committed the unforgivable error of agreeing to a payment plan as well as a plan to (gasp!) cut spending in order to assure the repayment plan could be honored.

OK…

I want to parallel something happening here in the U.S. Why? because it illustrates a fascinating disconnect found uniquely among Leftist Progressive Socialists.

Student Loans.

There is a terrific image floating around the Internets of a young woman holding a sign which reads “Debt is Slavery!”.

But the argument she wishes to convince you of is those who attended College, using your money, should not be required to repay the loans they previously agreed to pay.

So let me catch you up…

College tuition has skyrocketed due entirely to a flood of Government Subsidies in the form of Grants and… Cheap Government Backed Student Loans.  (As we know, anytime you subsidize something the price goes Up.  The market distortion created by Government interference is no longer debatable by sound minds.  Please refer to the Housing Bubble and it calamitous effect on our, and the world’s, economies.)  So those young people, who have been fed the idea a college education is a guaranteed ticket to Success, take out massive loans to fund their ‘Education’.

Now they have Debt… Now they are ‘Slaves’.  By Choice.

I’m not sure how making bad decisions amounts to a Guaranteed ticket to Success.

Which, brings me back to Greece!

These two seemingly disparate examples have a common connection.

Liberal Progressive Socialists believe they should Never bear Personal Responsibility for their Decisions.

Never.

And because of this belief, they Feel They should not be required to pay back the money They begged someone else to give them so They could buy what They wanted when They wanted it.  (In the case of Greece, a massive welfare system allowing the perpetuation of a less that productive lifestyle Greeks seem to take pride in.  In the case of Liberal Students, a University level Education which supposedly assured them a massive income… according to someone, somewhere.)

And both parties Employ the deeply heartfelt idea of ‘Fairness’ to justify their desire Not to pay their bills.

So let’s recap…

They want Something.

They Beg Someone Else to provide them the Money to Have it.

When the Bill comes Due They decide it’s not Fair.

They Don’t Want to Pay back the Money They were Loaned.

They Refuse to Pay Back the Money They Took.

In terms of Greece… that leaves only the EU taxpayers on the hook with no recourse.

In terms of the U.S… that leaves only the American Taxpayer on the hook with no recourse.

Both are examples of Theft.

Doubt me?

Try this at a Restaurant.  Or, a Gas Station.  Or, a Clothing Store.

The most interesting aspect of this…

Both parties, the People of Greece and the Woman with the Sign, are like Children lobbying You, the people paying the bills, to give them permission to steal… from you, the people paying the bills.

I realize the Objective Media points this out all the time and I’m simply being redundant.

What?  They Don’t?  Maybe you should be asking “Why?”

So back to Bitcoin… and Greece…

When I read the above headline I had to chuckle.  While years of accepting the validity of Socialism is how you get to this point, the threat is hilarious.

I have nothing against Bitcoin, but Bitcoin does not alleviate one’s requirement to pay their bills.  It’s actually quite the opposite.  If I were the EU, after picking myself up off the floor from the hysterical laughing, I would suggest they make that move ASAP.  If there were ever a lesson in personal responsibility, it would be embracing a currency you have no ability to print more of whenever you choose.

This would be a great lesson for the U.S. too.


The Greek Left Wins Big…

…Over the Greek Left.

If you’re a passive News Watcher you might’ve heard that ‘The Greek Leftist Party, Siryza, has won power in Greece by a Landslide.

But you might also take away the idea that Leftists winning must mean that something other than Leftists were in power.

You would be wrong.

What happen over the last 48-hours is Leftists took power from Leftists in a Landslide.

The Old Leftists had embraced Fiscal responsibility as demanded from the European Union in order for Greece to retain its membership and continue to receive bail outs from the more prosperous members like Germany.

The New Leftists don’t like the idea of Fiscal responsibility as they don’t think they should have to be more responsible, and/or think the “Austerity measures” are only being applied to the Sheep (Of course they don’t see themselves as Sheep, they never do.) and not all Greek Citizenry, particularly those in Government.

I would tell you the Latter is true… but the tragedy is the Leftist Progressive Ideology is exactly why 1.) They’re in the Fiscal Hole they are in and 2.) The Austerity Measures only Apply to the Sheep.

Socialists Always fight each other over Who gets to control everything…  the only time they unite is in their hatred of those of of who believe in Individual Liberty and Freedom.

Which brings us to today.

The Old Left, those Elitist Rich Guys who believe Greeks are Stupid and have no idea how to make the right choice when presented with only one choice to make, decided to try whatever they had to try to save the Great Socialist Dream which has been Greece for decades and by extension the European Union.  (They were excited to join the EU in the first place because they knew they were in fiscal trouble.)

In doing so, the Old Left made those who have kept them in power… Greece’s Useful Idiots… angry because the idea of responsibility is completely foreign to them and brings with it difficult times requiring sacrifice. “Austerity” is not Fun.  But they had the ‘Fun’, and now they have to pay for the ‘Fun’.

The above set the stage for a ‘New’ Left to “Win Big” during this election cycle.  As we know here is the U.S., people tend to vote for people who promise to give them stuff.  It’s a rule the Left knows well and uses always.

So what we have here is The Useful Idiot Left throwing out The Elitist A-Hole Left. Leftist on Leftist violence.

Remember, there are no ‘Conservatives’ as we call them in Greece.  The ‘Right-Wing’ only means the Right side of the Socialist Spectrum.  Actual Capitalists do not exist as a political movement in Greece.  You have all the varied flavors of Marxism such as Fascism, Communism, Progressivism, Liberalism, Socialism, etc. some of which the useful idiots label as Capitalism.  But Free-market Capitalism protected by Constitutionally Limited Government is non-existent in Greece.  (It could be argued it’s non-existent here too… but that’s many other posts.)

The events in Greece are going to be fun to watch as the entire utopian EU dream is at stake.

This turn of events amounts to what happens when a plane gets caught in a flat spin. The outcome is fatal not just for the plane but for all on it and all directly underneath it.

But this is Socialism on Parade.

(It’s also worth noting that the Greek ‘opposition’ parties have long labeled ‘conservative leftists’ and ‘fascists’ as Capitalists. The Left has jockeyed with other Leftist groups for power for 100 years or longer. None of this new. What’s new is the idea that a group of appropriately self-interested countries can get together and trust each other to ‘pull their weight’ and operate for the benefit of the Commune. We, at least those of us firmly grounded in Capitalism and Voluntary trade motivated by Self interest, knew full well it would fail before it started. Socialist Dreams like the EU have never worked. And, they never will…  but those who subscribe to these ideas will be doomed to repeat such experiments over and over.  If nothing else, you have to admire the tenacity of Useful Idiots.  Keep an eye on Spain and Portugal… they’re EU members chock full of Useful Socialists too.)