This Sunday, 25 January, Greeks will vote in parliamentary elections of potentially historic importance, with Alexis Tsipras’s Syriza coalition currently ahead in the opinion polls. But according to Frédéric Lordon, Germany’s grip on the situation and the Greek radical Left party’s own inconsistencies might condemn it to some painful acrobatics.
For a long time Europe has been caught in a constitutional trap of its own making, with its neo-liberal treaties offering just two ways out of the current impasse: 1) the financial collapse of the European project, under the weight of its own internal contradictions; or 2) some political mishap coming along that will overthrow the whole system. The ECB’s announcement of the OMT programme  has avoided the first of these eventualities – for now – which leaves the second. And that’s the reason why the ‘European-institutional party’ has come to see democracy not as a normal state of political life but rather as a permanent source of threats – and it thinks itself justified in using any means necessary to stamp them out.
In an interview last weekend with This is Hell's Chuck Mertz, Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown author Phiip Mirowski discussed the insidious way in which neoliberalism thought has seeped into every area of our lives, including the discipline of economics, environmental denialism, economic policies, and even social media. For example, Mirowski cites Ilana Gershon on how Facebook turns individuals into "neoliberal agents:"
It takes your information for free, and sells it to others for a profit ... I construct a profile on Facebook with stereotypical material and then try to measure my worth by attracting fake friends with an artificial metric. Subtle algorithms force me to continually update my profile, teaching me that there's no stable, coherent self that I must return to. Indeed, I can be anything I want to be on Facebook.
In response to whether or not the lack of criticism of neoliberalism has to do with a fear of being labeled a socialist, Mirowski responds: