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You have to start wondering what the "goal" is. The policy is not consistent with the stated goal, and after 3 years it's evident it isn't, in practice.

If you are not convinced, try it on someone who has not been entirely debauched by economics. — Piero Sraffa
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2012 at 10:49:40 AM EST
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The goal is 'reform' - i.e. wealth capture by the rich.

The crisis is a convenient excuse to introduce 'reform' not a solution for it.

The problem it is a solution for - i.e. popular democracy, worker power, and security - is never stated explicitly.

The Econo and the various Neo-Lib rags haven't exactly been hiding the aim, although they have done an excellent job of misdirecting the media since 2008, when there was at least a small danger that things could go the other way and the vampires would have their fangs pulled.

Arguably 'reform' and the destruction of Social Democracy has always been the goal, from at least the time of Maastricht onwards.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2012 at 11:10:14 AM EST
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I'd say the goal and the plan is indefinitely kicking the can down the road while praying for divine intervention.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Wed Sep 5th, 2012 at 11:17:16 AM EST
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Survive until 2013? What then?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2012 at 11:39:32 AM EST
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Then Merkel can start talking about the magical date of 2017.

If you are not convinced, try it on someone who has not been entirely debauched by economics. — Piero Sraffa
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2012 at 11:53:00 AM EST
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I'm leaning towards the "bag of rats" theory, which I developed while involved in student politics.

I observed a tendency for a lot of the student union types to posit a "College" that was against them - in their minds there was a unified enemy  with a coherent plan to keep them down.

In fact, the various departments, academics and administrators were much more interested in fighting among themselves in order to maximise their own local and personal interests than in anything to do with bothering students.

I don't think there is a goal. There's a big mess and a lot of people, states and organisations trying to further their own agendas. Which, given the zeitgeist, is a recipe for horror.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2012 at 11:46:48 AM EST
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I may rewrite that in coherent English at some stage. WTF?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2012 at 11:55:04 AM EST
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Insightful. Good summary.

(Sounds like Ankh-Morpork.)

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by Number 6 on Fri Sep 7th, 2012 at 10:54:55 AM EST
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