Lecturer Ann Robertson on the Not So Erratic Philosophy of Greece's Finance Minister

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
COUNTERPUNCH -- In their latest opinion article, Philosophy Lecturer Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer explore the “not-so-erratic philosophy” of Greece’s new finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis. “Varoufakis has been mandated by the leftist Syriza government to negotiate new conditions with the ‘troika’ (the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund) for the continuation of Greece’s desperately needed bailout. He has just written a smashing op-ed for The New York Times that forcefully outlines his government’s approach to the negotiations. It deserves a standing ovation. “Currently Greece has been receiving a bailout in stages, but only on the condition that it imposes brutal austerity measures on the Greek working class and poor, including laying off state workers, lowering the minimum wage, imposing regressive taxes and weakening labor union rights. ”