Rise and rise again….

27 Jan

From myth and legend, and their Hollywoodisation, to the inspiring win by the Syriza Party in the Greek election, there are reminders that victory by the people, for the people are not won in a day.  Each victory inspires hope, but is also a reminder that it is one victory in a long campaign.

I watched Ridley Scott’s movie Robin Hood on TV this week. It’s an interesting movie but not a great one.  The visuals and accompanying sound-scape creates an imagined history of tough times under autocratic Kings – ones who forcefully stole the food and sustenance that resulted from rural villagers hard life of toiling in the fields. The despots called it taxes for the King.

In the movie Robin Hood’s driving motivation was expressed with a catchy line, and biblical overtones: “Rise and rise again until the lamb becomes a lion.”

There’s some confusion as to whether the phrase was first expressed by a guy in the East about 3000 years ago, or by a wannbe US mystic in the mid 20th century – most likely the latter. It is a saying that resonates with a lot of left wing causes – campaigns by ordinary people against powerful and callously cruel elites who are destroying the lives or those with least power.  It’s an old story: he powerful cause such destruction in order to maintain their wealth and power.

The catchy phrase, used fairly superficially in the Robin Hood movie, reminds us that it takes more than one battle or campaign to overthrow tyrants, despots, and cunning self serving 21st century, bankster serving politicians.  It reminds us to savour each new victory, and be reminded, that people will never stop rebelling against hypocritical perversions of democracy.

This week the left has a new victory to savour, celebrate and contemplate. It is very uplifting to see the SyrizaParty win the Greek election and form a new government.

After Greece failed to measure up in terms that were acceptable to the bankster supporting elites in Europe, middle and lower income people n Greece were attacked with a raft of “austerity” measure.s – increased unemployment, block on opportunities for the young, struggle street for increasing numbers of people of all ages – meanwhile the European banks keep siphoning of profits.

Now a significant number are saying “ENOUGH” .

Paul Krugman explains why “austerity” was never going to work, and how it was the result of a delusion that just damaged too many Greek lives.

NZ mainstream media, have been reporting on the results of the Greek election, using articles, lines and scaremongering representing the powerful elites in Britain and Europe. Yesterday, The NZ Herald jumped in with  a headline supporting the bankster elites, for a reprint of a UK Daily Mail article:

Eurozone braced for ‘catastrophe’ as anti-austerity party on brink of victory

Buried in the middle of the article are the words from Alexis Tsipras, the Syiza leader’s victory speech:

“I would like to reassure you that the new Greek government will be ready to co-operate and negotiate for the first time with our partners for a mutually beneficial and sustainable solution so Greece comes out of a vicious circle of debt,” he said.

“We have a great opportunity for a new beginning both in Greece and in Europe. For a new policy, for a new model of relations based on mutual respect.

Rightly Idiot/Savant says the election outcome is a victory for hope over more of the same. I agree this means a change of direction for Greece.  But, also agree with I/S’s words of caution:

The question now is whether Germany and the European Central Bank will accept this outcome, or try and overturn the democratic decision of the Greek people so bankers can get their vig.

This morning, Al Jazeera reported the surprising news that Tsipras has been sworn in as PM following talks to make a deal with a small right wing party, The Independent Greeks – a party that is similar to the UK Independent Party (UKIP). On reflection not so surprising, given that the more established left wing parties have too often sold out to the powerful financial and corporate elites. The two parties share policies to oppose the European austerity measures.

There are no articles about it on the Stuff website this morning, while the NZ Herald’s site is carrying a reprint of a UK Daily Telegraph article, focusing on the “hard line” that the Eurozone finance minsters will take with the new Greek government.

Thank you, people of Greece, by giving us all some hope, and, reviving the belief that the powerless, downtrodden and/or enslaved will always rise again.

Maya Angelou’s poem said it as a black woman.

Still I Rise:


Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.


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