How Greece Became A Guinea Pig For A Cashless And Controlled Society

As Greece moves closer to becoming a cashless society, it is clear that the country’s attitude towards cash is reckless and dangerous. The supposed convenience of switching to a cash-free system comes with a great deal of risk, including needless overreach by the state.


Greece is being used as a guinea pig not just for a grand neoliberal experiment in both austerity, but de-cashing as well. The examples are many, and they have found fertile ground in a country whose populace remains shell-shocked by eight years of economic depression. A new law that came into effect on January 1 incentivizes going cashless by setting a minimum threshold of spending at least 10 percent of one’s income via credit, debit, or prepaid card in order to attain a somewhat higher tax-free threshold.

Beginning July 27, dozens of categories of businesses in Greece will be required to install aptly-acronymized “POS” (point-of-sale) card readers and to accept payments by card. Businesses are also required to post a notice, typically by the entrance or point of sale, stating whether card payments are accepted or not. Another new piece of legislation, in effect as of June 1, requires salaries to be paid via direct electronic transfers to bank accounts. Furthermore, cash transactions of over 500 euros have been outlawed.

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Two Years After Resounding “No” Vote, Greece Still Says “Yes” To Austerity

Privatization, high taxes and the slashing of cherished public-sector salaries and pensions are the price Greece has paid for accepting the loans that have kept the country in the Eurozone. Its citizens are the ones now paying the price for the costly missteps made by its leaders.

Greece Homeless

A homeless person changes clothes outside a bank in central Athens. Nearly one-in-four Greeks are unemployed and receive no benefits. Poverty rates have surged here since the start of the crisis in late 2009, with nearly 36 percent of the country living in financial distress.

It has become an increasingly common sight on Greek streets, even in formerly prosperous neighborhoods. Elderly—and sometimes not so elderly—individuals rummaging through rubbish bins in search of scraps of food to eat. Beggars are now practically a universal sighting in Athens and other large cities.

More and more young Greeks are migrating abroad by the day, contributing to a “brain drain” that has totaled approximately 500,000 individuals since the onset of the crisis. In my neighborhood in central Athens, several parked cars are filled to the brim with a life’s worth of possessions, packed in boxes by individuals who have likely lost their homes and livelihoods and who now call their automobiles home. Everywhere, abandoned cars and motorcycles rust away on curbsides and sidewalks.

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Ο Ερίκ Φιορίλ καταγγέλλει την παράνομα «εκλεγμένη», και ουσιαστικά ολοκληρωτική κυβέρνηση Μακρόν και περιγράφει τον τρόπο για να δημιουργηθεί στη Γαλλία πραγματική αντιπολίτευση με σκοπό την πτώση της νεοταξικής κυβέρνησης. Η ίδια τακτική, μέσω Εθνικών Συμβουλίων Μετάβασης, μπορεί να ακολουθηθεί και σε άλλες χώρες με αντίστοιχες νεοταξικές ολοκληρωτικές κυβερνήσεις.



“The greek debt : a european tragedy” OR “What will happen to all EU-member states”

In French, subtitles in many languages (choose subtitle’s language).

This video describes the current situation in Greece and the future situation in all EU member-states!



RT interview with L. Chrysanthopoulos on the new measures, May 18, 2014





Αν κάποιος  είναι δέκτης της ελληνικής παιδείας και διαθέτει τις στοιχειώδεις αρχές και αξίες που η Ελλάδα  δώρισε στην ανθρωπότητα, τότε έχει το προνόμιο να ονομάζεται Έλληνας.  Η ελληνική αστυνομική ταυτότητα, η ενασχόληση με τα κοινά και οι πιθανές θέσεις εξουσίας δεν εξασφαλίζουν de facto την ελληνικότητα κάποιου.

Οι κατέχοντες την εξουσία, την οποία τις περισσότερες φορές κατέλαβαν εξαπατώντας τον ελληνικό λαό, θα πρέπει σε κάθε νομοθετική πρωτοβουλία και πολιτική πράξη να αποδεικνύουν ότι ενεργούν με γνώμονα το συμφέρον του ελληνικού λαού και μόνον αυτού.