Embracing this crowdfunding campaign as a 'symbolic act’ against EU
xenophobia is a nice gesture, but we are far beyond this point. We are in
the middle of a financial war in Europe. It is crucial to understand
that we are in war in which both the German pensioners nor the Greek
workers had any say. This war was waged on both by financial criminals
in both Greece and EU.
In the best case, this crowdfunding is collective performance of
depoliticised, liberal charity; in other words - an ideal form of moral
redemption for the ever so ‘concerned’ western cultural lefty. Charity
and humanitarianism are based on ethics and middle class morality and
work against any political project that wants to be based on the
principles of equality and solidarity.
If we want to go beyond 'framing the discussion’, we need to see how our actions, and indeed -
our 'symbolic acts of solidarity' and our ‘coming together’ might
actually have any real effect. Whatever we do through crowdfunding can
always have only limited effect on the symptoms and not change the cause
of this mess. Through crowdfunding we can not tackle the structural
violence that underlies this crisis. But if we still want to try to
meaningfully utilize it, we should at least be sincere and act beyond
performative charity and with at least a minimum impact in real life.
'Greek Bailout Fund’ proposes paying off the debt as it was construed by the
Trojka. The problem is: this debt needs to be written off and simply not
paid, as it was produced by the same predatory corporate-governmental
entities that would be feeding from the bail out!
Furthermore, the Greeks do not need only 1.6 Bn - this is just the amount Greece was
supposed to pay to the IMF at the end of June. To pay off their total
debt Greece would would need to be paying it off for the next 40
years - this amount is obviously enormously higher!
Crowdfunding campaigns function so that if the goal - in this case €1,600,000,000
EUR is not reached in the given period the money goes back to the
donors! Now we are at €1,887,104 and there are 22 hours left. Make the
Finally, E-Flux donations will not help.
And even if Google, Facebook and Amazon would miraculously come together and
agree to cover the full amount that Greece would need to pay off, the
only people who would ever see this cash would be the IMF, ECB and the
So, instead of supporting this ‘bailout campaign’ maybe we
should try to reach the actual people in Athens: organizations such as
'Solidarity for All' and people like Christos Giovanopoulos and others
struggling at the grass root level.
If E-Flux, wealthy art galleries and commercially successful artists would make more serious
donations in addition to the donations of these '90,000+ visual arts
professionals’ on the e-flux mailing list we would have a serious amount
that could go directly into food solidarity centers, social kitchens,
cooperatives, food distribution networks, legal aid hubs, education
classes and all the initiatives that have emerged in response to the
collapse of Greece’s welfare state.
Please bare in mind that this comes from a devoted e-flux fan.
Read this: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/23/greece-solidarity-movement-cooperatives-syriza