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Vangelis Meimarakis is the new leader of the Right-wing party New Democracy in Greece. Before Alexis Tsipras resign to declare snap elections, Meimarakis called him "little liar" in an arrogant style. Imagine what would happen if Tsipras would use such a language against any Greek prime minister. The mainstream media would have simply crucify him. It's not appropriate for the Leftist Tsipras to speak in such manner. However, the "tough guy" neoliberal Meimarakis has all the right to do it. It's justifiable. The mainstream media rushed to excuse his unacceptable behaviour and language through the shallow, if not stupid, argument "that's his character".
On the other side of the Atlantic, the eccentric billionaire, Donald Trump, is attacking on everyone, even on his internal Republican opponents, with words like "losers". Through an even more cynical manner, he attacks on the Mexican immigrants, saying that they are drug dealers and rapists. The "made in USA" hypocrisy is skyrocketing, as the businesses of CIA with the drug cartels all over Latin America is well known, as well as, the extreme exploitation of the immigrants by the US big capital, to which Trump belongs.
On the other hand, Meimarakis attacks on the civil servants who have been re-hired by the SYRIZA government, characterising them as "useless". He knows that they are lost votes because these people were fired by the Samaras-Venizelos administration, under the orders of Greece's creditors. Therefore, Meimarakis is betting on the sensitive spot of the Right-wing middle class voters who blame the public servants for Greece's situation since the beginning of the crisis. That's because they were brainwashed by the mainstream media who declared war on civil servants, in order to hide the huge responsibilities of the bankers, the local oligarchs and their political puppets who governed Greece for forty years. A triangle of total corruption.
The rhetoric of extreme cynicism used by Trump and Meimarakis, has a common origin. It goes back to the Thatcherian cynicism and the division of people between “capable” and “useless”. To the demonization of state, as it remains the last defence mechanism against the abolition of human rights.
But it's also a cynicism which, little later, has been transformed into an illusion of free expression. The false prosperity that the neoliberalism offered in previous decades, especially since early 90s, through the bubble economies, has fed an apolitical culture and a dominant cynicism, against whoever would not be willing to admit this "remarkable" prosperity of the West. Against anyone who insisted to protest for the imperialistic wars even inside European soil. Against anyone who was not enjoying his "freedom" through the slavery of uninterrupted consumption and gambling in the stock markets.
The inability of the political power to handle effectively the immigration problem, as well as, the xenophobia grown by the mainstream media propaganda, has offered an opportunity to the far-Right and the nationalists to return in the political scene. Therefore, the representatives of the neoliberalism, are using the bequest of this cynicism to attack on everyone: immigrants, poor, "useless", or, "losers", if you like. It appears that it's quite effective. Cameron has won the elections using far-Right rhetoric and now continues to "sweep" the British society with new austerity measures. You know, that kind of measures which can produce more "useless", or, "losers", according to the "remarkable" neoliberal perception. Trump is currently winning in all polls.
The famous comedian, Jon Stewart, places himself in Trump's position for a while and says: "I don't like people you get cancer". Stewart wants to highlight Trump's barbaric cynicism. Well, it appears that neither the humor is able to defeat Trump's popularity, at least for the moment.
Eventually, the only difference between Meimarakis and Trump, is that the first, represents another puppet of the big capital, while the second, comes straight from it. Americans are always pioneers. It has started with Mitt Romney and now it's Trump's turn. It's time for the "useless" politicians to step away, so that billionaires to come in the front line.
Neoliberalism drops the final big leaf: Yes, we are the one percent who have exploited you and impoverished you, and we want to govern so that to make sure that you will never rise up ..