Greece's Referendum: One No, Many yeses!
A victory for OXI (No) would not just help restore a sense of dignity to Greece; it would strengthen the ground for anti-austerity struggles across Europe.
By Jerome Roos / roarmag.org
Jul 5, 2015

Today, Greece has an opportunity to make history.

The brave decision by Prime Minister Tsipras to call a referendum on the creditors’ inhumane ultimatums has turned the tables. The government’s steadfastness in the face of extreme pressures — both from abroad and from within — has given people across Europe a renewed sense of hope.

It would have been easy to cave in to the financial asphyxiation of the creditors and the terror campaign of the domestic and international media. But so far Greece has held its ground, and today it stands firm and upright as millions take to the polls for the most momentous vote in EU history.

The onus is now upon the Greek people to rise up to the occasion and declare a proud and dignified NO against those who seek to strip Europe of its very soul.

If you win, you will not just regain a sense of dignity and self-determination; you will also throw a spanner into the works of the creditors’ disastrous neoliberal project, thereby indirectly aiding millions of Europeans across the continent in their own struggles for democracy and social justice.

This is precisely why they fear you. The victory of people power in this “faraway corner” of the continent — the evidence that there is an alternative and thatanother Europe is possible — would challenge the very logic and operationality of neoliberalism in Brussels, Frankfurt and Berlin. And so you have to be crushed under the millstone of never-ending austerity and buried under a mountain of unpayable debt.

Do not be terrorized by those who claim that a NO vote against such brutality and humiliation would somehow be “anti-European.” There is nothing more European than a democratic rebellion under the Acropolis. If you break with anything today it would not be with Europe, but with the sheer insanity that has grabbed a hold of its leaders.

As Tsipras rightly said in his televised address last week, a NO vote is not a vote to leave Europe but a “vote for a return to European values.” Even if this means that Greece is forced out of the euro, so be it. Since when did this great continent of artists, partisans and philosophers become synonymous with money anyway?

The truth is that Europe has long since lost its way. It has strayed into the darkness and degenerated into a monstrous, anti-democratic Moloch. Someone has to put her back onto the path of light. Ironically, but not without reason, that herculean task has fallen upon little Greece — land of artists, partisans and philosophers.

Collectively, you now hold the future of the European project in your hands. Will this project remain one of fiscal flagellation and technocratic terrorization? Or will it once again open its doors to the hopes and aspirations of its people?

This referendum marks a defining moment in modern European history. The choice is very stark: either you vote yes to a lifetime of austerity, allowing decades of darkness to descend upon the country, or you roar back at the creditors’ lack of humanity with a resounding “NO!” — thereby opening the way for a thousand yeses to a new, democratic and socially just Europe.

One no, many yeses. The stakes have never been higher.


Jerome Roos is a PhD researcher in International Political Economy at the European University Institute, and founding editor of ROAR Magazine. He tweets about the Greek crisis and referendum at @JeromeRoos. The Greek version of this piece was published in this weekend’s edition of Enthemata.

4.0 ·
1
Trending Today
How Mindfulness Empowers Us
2 min · 8,078 views today · Many traditions speak of the opposing forces within us, vying for our attention. Native American stories speak of two wolves, the angry wolf and the loving wolf, who both live...
Deconstructing Hierarchies: On Contrived Leadership and Arbitrary Positions of Power
Colin Jenkins · 7,334 views today · Bosses don't grow on trees. They don't magically appear at your job. They aren't born into their roles. They are created. They are manufactured to fulfill arbitrary positions...
Trump Is a Symptom of a Sickness That Is Raging All Across The World
1 min · 6,416 views today · This is why we are here. And this is what we need to remember. 
Baraka (1992)
97 min · 4,512 views today · Featuring no conventional narrative, this film presents footage of people, places and things from around the world. From chaotic cities to barren wilderness, the movie takes...
Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss: Bracing for Trump's Anti-Worker, Corporate Agenda
Colin Jenkins · 3,153 views today · Rich people don’t have to have a life-and-death relationship with the truth and its questions; they can ignore the truth and still thrive materially. I am not surprised many...
The Myth of Romantic Love May Be Ruining Your Health
Susanne Vosmer · 2,493 views today · Romantic love in Western societies is often portrayed in a stereotypical way: two yearning halves, who search for each other to find their complete, original state. Few find...
What Is My Activism Really About? to Love, Serve and Remember
Tim Hjersted · 2,485 views today · I have made a promise to this world that I will carry with me to my last days. It is my vow to lessen the suffering of the world while I am here - it is to ensure that every...
John Lennon's "Imagine," Made Into a Comic Strip
John Lennon. Art by Pablo Stanley · 2,468 views today · This is easily the best comic strip ever made.  Pabl
Prophecy Delivered! Martin Luther King Jr. and the Death of Democracy
Reverend Osagyefo Sekou · 2,130 views today · “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” Democracy is dead. It...
Trump: The Illusion of Change
Helena Norberg-Hodge · 2,087 views today · “Only by restoring the broken connections can we be healed.” — Wendell Berry
Escape! From the Cult of Materialism (2016)
50 min · 1,803 views today · Does the philosophy of materialism work to destroy our identities, experience, and environment? Join narrator Daphne Ellis on a radical romp through the evidence and decide for...
Thoughts on the Eve of the Trump Regime
Mark Corske · 1,739 views today · A blend of dread, disgust, rage, and despair for the future, all in a state of shocked disbelief—if you feel something like this facing the Trump regime’s ascent to power...
Why I Think This World Should End
4 min · 1,611 views today · Sorry if this offends you. - Prince Ea
Why It's Crucial for Women to Heal the Mother Wound
Bethany Webster · 1,181 views today · The issue at the core of women’s empowerment is the mother wound
Stunning Photos By Alexander Semenov Showcase The Alien Beauty Of Jellyfish
Earth Porm · 737 views today · Jellyfish appear like beautiful aliens in Alexander Semenov’s photography, calling a new attraction to a magical species of marine life. Alexander Semenov is a marine...
Dinosaur explains Trump policies better than Trump!
8 min · 700 views today · Donald Trump is actually the corporate triceratops, Mr. Richfield, from the 90's TV show sitcom, "Dinosaurs". 
Today I Rise: This Beautiful Short Film Is Like a Love Poem For Your Heart and Soul
4 min · 602 views today · "The world is missing what I am ready to give: My Wisdom, My Sweetness, My Love and My hunger for Peace." "Where are you? Where are you, little girl with broken wings but full...
Looking Forward to the Day That Nationalism Is as Reviled as Racism
Tim Hjersted · 527 views today · Nationalism is a form of geographical racism that makes some lives matter more than others, and explicitly justifies that logic without apology. While today, not even lying...
Positive Thinking in a Dark Age: A Guide to Gracefully Losing Faith in a Collapsing Dominant Culture
Jim Tull · 475 views today · I recall a Buddhist parable involving a stick that appears from a distance to be a snake, causing fear to rise in the perceiver. As the perception shifts upon closer...
Living Through an Age of Unraveling: Reflections as We Enter 2017
Martin Winiecki · 438 views today · “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.” ― R. Buckminster Fuller
Load More
What's Next
Like us on Facebook?
Greece's Referendum: One No, Many yeses!