"I shall wear the creditors’ loathing with pride." Yanis Varoufakishttp://yanisvaroufakis.eu/2015/07/06/minister-no-more/#more-8433
Posted on July 6, 2015 by yanisv
The referendum of 5th July will stay in history as a unique moment when a small European nation rose up against debt-bondage.
Like all struggles for democratic rights, so too this historic rejection of the Eurogroups 25th June ultimatum comes with a large price tag attached. It is, therefore, essential that the great capital bestowed upon our government by the splendid NO vote be invested immediately into a YES to a proper resolution to an agreement that involves debt restructuring, less austerity, redistribution in favour of the needy, and real reforms.
Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted partners, for my absence from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement. For this reason I am leaving the Ministry of Finance today.
I consider it my duty to help Alexis Tsipras exploit, as he sees fit, the capital that the Greek people granted us through yesterdays referendum.
And I shall wear the creditors loathing with pride.
We of the Left know how to act collectively with no care for the privileges of office. I shall support fully Prime Minister Tsipras, the new Minister of Finance, and our government.
The superhuman effort to honour the brave people of Greece, and the famous OXI (NO) that they granted to democrats the world over, is just beginning.
Whether you like him or not, former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is now a political legend. Heres why:
1. The way he communicates
With his blog and his Twitter account , he speaks directly to the people, his fans and his detractors, when he wants, how he wants it, without the media filter.
Non-verbal communication is important too. The infamous video of Varoufakis flipping his middle finger to Germany, which caused uproar in German media, may or may not have been faked by a German satirical TV show.
Varoufakis also boils Greece's current crisis down to a simple case of Merkel pushing a red or yellow button. In the case of red, "If you press it, chancellor, the euro crisis ends immediately." For yellow, "the situation in the eurozone remains more or less as it is for a decade," but Italy and France follow Greece into a state of semi-insolvency.
Merkel prefers the yellow button, Varoufakis says, because the ongoing crisis has the advantage of keeping interest rates low, making the euro cheap, and boosting German exports.
They've merely begun to scratch the surface of what has been playing out in Greece and his role in it, but Varoufakis deserves the admiration and love of all those who see beyond the agenda of the varying articles and words that have been and will continue to be written about him, and his glorious role in this ongoing battle. He is a champion! Despite this resignation he tells us he will forge on to fight for his people and to help Syriza.
The frosting on the cake, is that he does not rely on the propaganda of mainstream media, he brings us his version as events unfold, and you've gotta love a man like that. I am an unapologetic fan, I wish there were more men of honor like Yanis Varoufakis...cult following, lol? He has the worthy admiration and gratitude of people in Greece and everywhere for all he's done and continues to do...is that a "cult"? Hah! I think not. That is admiration of greatness for all the right reasons. I think it's high time we celebrate and enjoy a victor who triumphs in this ongoing battle against this Global Minotaur!
What has been playing out in Greece is important to all of us, we understand all too well who and what these sides represent. It is a battle of the working class against the l%, aka the oligarchs, this is nothing new. Their greed has, however, become insatiable gluttony. Time to stop feeding the monster. Our very future depends upon it.
Varoufakis has taught us along the way that these battles can be won, and so, we do not falter, we may have to change direction, but the road is always clear. We shall defeat this imposed inequality, and empower shared prosperity that honors humanity.
Thank you, Yanis Varoufakis, you are showered with the love and admiration of masses of people, wear that too with pride, you deserve to. Our warrior hearts salute you and join you in the good fight.
Of love for that man, and I'm going to miss reading about him.
hear more and he has many doors swinging open, no doubt, I feel sad for Syriza who had to give him up for the sake of these so called negotiators. They are, no doubt, insulted that Varoufakis is triumphant and is a fierce advocate for Greece and its people, even though it is not over. Any progress is largely because of him, or they would not want to see him ousted. Tsipras and Varoufakis have had a friendship that will endure beyond these politics, and I see he is adamant about continuing his assistance.
It is still not over. Let's hope for a smoother road, but the road still has many paths.
He is incredible, some men are born for these times, they truly are. He is that and more.
two men born for this time.