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By Yanis Varoufakis

A immense conflict is being waged for Europe’s integrity and soul, with the forces of cause and humanism wasting out to transforming into irrationality, authoritarianism, and malice, selling inequality and austerity. the total global has a stake in a victory for rationality, liberty, democracy, and humanism.

In January 2015, Yanis Varoufakis, an economics professor instructing in Austin, Texas, used to be elected to the Greek parliament with extra votes than the other member of parliament. He used to be appointed finance minister and, within the whirlwind 5 months that undefined, every little thing he had warned about—the perils of the euro’s defective layout, the ecu Union’s shortsighted austerity rules, financialized crony capitalism, American complicity and emerging authoritarianism—was proven because the “troika” (the eu critical financial institution, foreign financial Fund, and ecu fee) stonewalled his efforts to solve Greece’s fiscal crisis.

Here, Varoufakis grants a clean examine the heritage of Europe’s quandary and America’s crucial function in it. He offers the final word case opposed to austerity, offering concrete guidelines for Europe which are essential to deal with its situation and stay away from contagion to the US, China, and the remainder of the area. With passionate, informative, and every now and then funny prose, he warns that the implosion of an admittedly crisis–ridden and deeply irrational eu financial union may still, and will, be shunned in any respect fee.

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Reagan’s largest anti-communist operation was in the tiny island of Grenada, and he did not hesitate to pull back from Lebanon after the terrorist attack on the Marine barracks in 1983. The support for the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan or the Contras in Nicaragua was limited to arms transfers, and the CIA also offered assistance to anti-communist forces in other parts of the world through covert operations. CONCLUSIONS AND LESSONS LEARNED This chapter offered a discussion of the connections between Reagan’s strategic vision for America’s role in the world, the plans his administration produced at the beginning of his tenure and some of the actual policy decisions the president made later on in his time in office.

He had, after all, been invited by Goldwater’s handlers to make the address, and Goldwater was on record proposing that NATO be given unilateral authority to use nuclear weapons in Europe if necessary and that perhaps “low-yield atomic weapons” could be used to defoliate Vietnam. Statements like those got Goldwater in hot water with some in the media and the psychiatric community. The fact that Goldwater had been a Major General in the Air Force Reserves only added to perceptions that he was trigger-happy.

11 On these points, Reagan and Thatcher were of exactly the same mind: There was no time to wait. This was the time to choose. They shared a loathing of communism and socialism, a horror of the Soviet Union, an identical vision of the remedy for the West’s malaise, and a pragmatism that rendered both skeptical of fashionable ideologies. Thatcher was, moreover, a passionate Atlanticist. Whenever faced with the choice between strengthening Britain’s ties to Europe and strengthening its ties to the United States, she made no effort even to find a tactful middle ground.

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