I think this paragraph from Paul Mason, written yesterday, is poignant:
If Syriza falls, and a pro-IMF technocratic government takes its place – which it will have to because the traditional parties are in disarray – the lenders stand ready to inject all the cash and structural funds and possibly even quantitative easing money they are denying now. They have said this.
I think this should be read alongside what I wrote yesterday, with which I suspect Paul would have some sympathy:
[This] is the politics of punishment. It ... shows that this whole crisis is manufactured and wholly artificial.
It is a game bankers are playing to show who us who is in control.
It is a ruse to show that debt is above democracy.
It is a device to show that states must bow to banks.
It is contrived to show people matter less than money.
Remember all that, whatever the outcome.
The truth is that this is about ending a left wing government.
And it is about imposing neoliberal dogma.
And in that context remember that the rise of neo-feudalism and its opposition to the possibility of left wing government, even if democratically elected, is a recurring theme I and some commentators address on this blog. It seems it is in action here.
Worry. Not just for the Greeks. Worry for us and our possibility of choice too because whenever, it seems, democracy rears its head now the IMF technocrats raise their heads.
The IMF says it knows neoliberalism destroys well-being. But it does not walk the talk. It's path is very different. The truth is it always preserves banking elites at cost to ordinary people. And implicit in that is a threat to democracy that looks to be very real indeed.