On Debt, the Germans, the Greeks, Politics and Historical Memory: a comment by Almost Marx

As reported in these pages on January 16, 2015 by Ms. Tett on an after-dinner address by Benjamin Friedman:

Ms. Tett’s essay:


The PDF of Prof. Friedman’s remarks:


The Germans are wont to forget their own troubled history of debt forgiveness,1924, 1929, 1932 and 1953. Perhaps the Germans are as equally forgetful of their war reparations debt to the Greek nation? Mr Tsipras is just as ardent to remind the Germans, that it’s status as Economic Powerhouse of Europe was built on a self-serving act of historical amnesia? Playing Politics is not just for the Economic victors of Neo-Liberalism, but for all those with sufficient historical memory  and the will to assert that memory at the propitious moment.

Almost Marx



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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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