Sunday, 13 March 2011

Manolis Rasoulis: Ο μάγκας δεν υπάρχει πια





Very sad news coming out about Manolis Rasoulis

“Νεκρός βρέθηκε σήμερα το πρωί από φίλους του ο καλλιτέχνης Μανώλης Ρασούλης, στο σπίτι του στη Θεσσαλονίκη. Σύμφωνα με τα πρώτα στοιχεία του ιατροδικαστή ο θάνατός του είχε προέλθει πριν από τέσσερις ημέρες.”

“Manolis Rasoulis was found dead by friends this morning at his home in Thessaloniki. According to the medical examiner, first indications are that Rasoulis died about four days ago.”

12 comments:

Hermes said...

This is quite sad news. Manolis Rasoulis was recently in Australia visiting friends and gave a poetry/singing performance. He visited a close family friend a few times as they were buddies in exile in London during the Junta. I was meant to be there but I got caught up with something. He wrote some interesting lyrics and had a positive impact on Greek music. However, let's not get too seduced with these icons of the Metapolitefsi. Rasoulis, even to this day, claimed to be a Communist and had the annoying habit of regurgitating the KKE and SYRIZA interpretation of history. I was hoping to meet him and berate him about this. Also, he did not complete his military service for the Hellenic Republic. Rasoulis, for all his contribution to Greek music, was a symbol of the decay of post-1974 Hellenism. Regardless, Panta Axios.

John Akritas said...

I've always thought the beauty of Rasoulis as a musician was that he was one of the last bastions against vulgar and western influence in Greek music. I had the same thought about him politically being part of that failed generation that shaped Greece after 1974, but then there are a lot of great Greek artists – Angelopoulos, for instance – who fall into this category. I was also recently thinking about Ritsos – specifically about his poem to the EOKA hero Grigoris Afxentiou – and that how being on the left – the hard KKE left in Ritsos' case – never used to be equated with a lack of patriotism or national feeling. Greece was in a peculiar situation in the 1960s where leftists were often better patriots than the right.

Hermes said...

John, this is correct. Remember patriotism, in its modern sense, came from the French Revolutionaries who were of the Left before the terms Right-Left came into existence. However, as Panagiotis Kondylis says in his great book, The Decline of Bourgeoise Civilisation, political terms and concepts are often reused regardless of whether they reflect social reality. A large part of the Left in Greece became increasingly unpatriotic during the 1990's due to its confrontation with globalisation, the fall of the Iron Curtain and the conflation of social justice within Greece with social justice around the world - resulting in calls for equal rights for Greeks and migrants. The association of the Left with patriotism is largely empty these days. There are some pockets here and there. Things have changed a lot since the patriotic Radicals of the Ionian Islands of the 19th century who were both socialist and patriotic. The rhetoric coming out of Rasoulis in the 1970s may have been appropriate. However, to keep regurgitating discredited ideas in 2011, shows that he had become out of touch.

Hermes said...

If you can for a little while forget the 40 year negative slander against this party, do you agree with almost everything she says?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGErA3JSfZY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrk4ALPalAM&feature=related

John Akritas said...

I'm not convinced she's right that, in the foreseeable future at least, the EU will collapse. Of course, if it did this would have far-reaching consequences for Greece since the country's political class has invested absolutely everything - the country's economy, society, security – in the EU project. Turkey will never join. This is absolutely clear.

Anonymous said...

To monopolize patriotism as Hermes does is the worst kind of UN-patriotic act.
This is what has brought Greece to it knees...historically.

Hermes said...

Anonymous, can you explain how I am monopolising patriotism? I am the first to admit that patriotism has many variations. From the idiotic uber-patriots who advocate re-taking Asia Minor to the more moderate patriots who advocate solidarity with this and future generations by paying taxes, medical bills and tolls, not transferring money to Swiss bank accounts, not disrupting people's daily lives and damaging private property by striking about everything, not stealing state funds for personal aggrandisement, not undermining the public tender process for construction contracts, providing a Greek centred education system that provides children with the requisite skills to conduct themselves in and outside their country etc. What am I monopolising?

Hermes said...

A great article from Koutsourelis:

http://lomak.blogspot.com/2011/03/blog-post_14.html

The key part from Kondylis's book is this:

Ο Κονδύλης καταπιάστηκε με το ελληνικό πρόβλημα μόνο σποράδην, σε μια σειρά από κείμενά του δημοσιευμένα ως εισαγωγές ή επίμετρα στις ελληνικές εκδόσεις των βιβλίων του από το 1991 ώς το 1998. Ομως η συνοχή των παρατηρήσεών του είναι τέτοια που έχει κανείς την εντύπωση ότι βρίσκεται εμπρός σε έργο συστηματικό. Στον πυρήνα του προβλήματος, ο Κονδύλης εντοπίζει ό,τι αποκαλεί «καχεξία του αστικού στοιχείου». Η χαλαρή κοινωνική συνομάδωση που ονομάστηκε ελληνική αστική τάξη, δεν κατόρθωσε ποτέ «να δημιουργήσει γηγενή και αυτοτελή αστικό πολιτισμό». Χώρα με ασήμαντη θέση στον διεθνή καταμερισμό της υλικής και πνευματικής εργασίας, και επιπλέον υποπαραγωγική και χρονίως εξαρτημένη από την ξένη προστασία, η Ελλάδα ήταν επόμενο να διολισθήσει στον παρασιτισμό. Ακόμη και η νεοελληνική ιδεολογία, ο τρόπος δηλαδή που κατανοούμε τον εαυτό μας, είναι εν μέρει προϊόν εισαγωγής.

Σε οξεία αντίθεση προς όσους τείνουν να επιρρίπτουν την ευθύνη σε μία μόνο κοινωνική μερίδα (τους πολιτικούς, το κράτος, την «πλουτοκρατία», τη δημοσιοϋπαλληλία, τους ελεύθερους επαγγελματίες κ.ο.κ.), ο Κονδύλης μιλάει ευθέως για ένα «επαίσχυντο κοινωνικό συμβόλαιο». Η νοοτροπία του παρασιτικού καταναλωτισμού, γράφει, αφορά τη «συντριπτική πλειοψηφία του ελληνικού λαού όλων των κοινωνικών στρωμάτων». Δεν έχουμε να κάνουμε με «έναν λίγο-πολύ υγιή εθνικό κορμό, ο οποίος έχει αρκετές περισσές ικμάδες ώστε να τρέφει και μερικά παράσιτα ποσοτικώς αμελητέα, παρά για ένα πλαδαρό σώμα που παρασιτεί ως σύνολο εις βάρος ολόκληρου του εαυτού του, ήτοι τρώει τις σάρκες του, συχνότατα και τα περιττώματά του». Με τα δύο τρίτα των προϋπολογισμών του κράτους να κατευθύνονται επί δεκαετίες ολόκληρες σε μισθούς, συντάξεις και αγροτικές επιδοτήσεις, και με ένα επιπλέον 20% να διατίθεται για τοκοχρεολύσια, άρα εν πολλοίς για τον ίδιο σκοπό, η εκτίμηση αυτή του Κονδύλη είναι αμάχητη. Το παράδοξο της ελληνικής περίπτωσης είναι ότι ο παρασιτικός καταναλωτισμός μας ήταν οργανωμένος δημοκρατικά, η διανομή του ξένου χρήματος γινόταν με πνεύμα γνήσιας κοινωνικής δικαιοσύνης...

Ο Παναγιώτης Κονδύλης εκδήμησε το 1998, μια δεκαετία δηλαδή πριν από το ξέσπασμα της κρίσης. Ηδη όμως το 1992 διέβλεπε δύο πιθανές εξελίξεις. Η νέα συγκυρία μετά το τέλος του Ψυχρού Πολέμου, πίστευε, θα υποβάθμιζε τον ρόλο της Ελλάδας στους κόλπους της Δύσης. Αυτό θα οδηγούσε αργά ή γρήγορα τους εταίρους μας, αφενός μεν, στην άρνηση «να χρηματοδοτήσουν περαιτέρω τον ελληνικό παρασιτικό καταναλωτισμό, επιβάλλοντας στην ελληνική οικονομία αυστηρή δίαιτα εξυγιάνσεως και επαναφέροντας το ελληνικό βιοτικό επίπεδο στο ύψος που επιτρέπουν οι δυνατότητές της». Αφετέρου δε, στην απόφαση να αγνοήσουν «ό,τι οι Ελληνες θεωρούν ως εθνικά τους δίκαια, υιοθετώντας στα αντίστοιχα ζητήματα είτε τη θέση των αντιπάλων της Ελλάδας είτε εν πάση περιπτώσει θέση σύμφωνη με τα δικά τους περιφερειακά συμφέροντα».

Με το Μνημόνιο της 8ης Μαΐου 2010, το πρώτο σκέλος της πρόβλεψης, η έξωθεν επιβεβλημένη «αυστηρή δίαιτα», επιβεβαιώθηκε πλήρως. Το μέλλον θα δείξει αν το ίδιο θα ισχύσει και για την πορεία των εθνικών ζητημάτων.

Anonymous said...

I am staggered when I hear that " Tueky won't be allowed in the EU". Turkey is a de facto unit-entity within the EU. The only thing that is required is " De jure recognition". A de jure recognition is a matter of indifference. Millions of turks are in Germany, holland, Belgium, Austria, France etc; they are all over in ever increasing numbers; even in Greece they are filtering through the east. Thrace is in the balance, Salonica with the Red turcosporo Boutari is in the balance. The sooner the EU collapses the better for Greece; at least the immediate effect would be for the nation to be purged of the trecherous, depraved banditry of her political class, the entire bedlam of the elite must be cleansed. Greeks have to take their country back, and that can only happen by getting out of the nation-race wrecking EU. A multucultural-internationalist Greece is as good as a dead Greece.

Anonymous said...

Anon IV--

He was a profound , soulful composer/ singer-- irespective of his political affiliations-- ( it seems our cultural icons are tragically plagued by the virus of marxism like the vast majority of our kindred; it is understandably under the circumstances, we nationalists , patriots, and Hellines lost our country to the internationalised plague after 1974. The Communists might have failed to secure Greece for them after the civil war; but this was only a temporary setback, they came back with a vengeance in 1974, and have rendered the land scorched and scarred ever since) ). Any idea how he died ? He was not known to have had personal problems. Did he commit suicied, or did he have a cardiac arrst ?

John Akritas said...

H. The Greek model was certainly of the 'bread and circuses' type. It is strange how, given what you said about Greeks in the Ottoman cities – Constantinople, Smyrna, Alexandria – being the modernising, bourgeois element, this class never managed to transfer its city culture to Greece. It seems in its dying years, and under the protection of the French and English, bourgeois Greeks were able to create a space for themselves in the Ottoman empire, which they weren't able to do in Greece itself. As for the Greeks, after being economically hung out to dry then being asked to sacrifice national interests for the greater EU good; this is, as Kondylis says, a real danger. In fact, it's more than a danger, it's been happening for a while – the Annan plan being a prime example.

On Rasoulis: Heart attack, made all the sadder because it seems he'd been dead for more than a week before he was found. A pitiless, lonely death. It's inevitable that artists take a jaundiced view of society – it's in their nature – so I've never been that bothered about the political views they express, which are often, like Rasoulis' (and Theodorakis') on the flaky side.

It's a fair point about Turkey already being in the EU, given the amount of Turks and Muslims in EU countries. But you know what I mean. I mean the EU institutions. I just don't see this happening – no one wants it, apart from the British, the British political class that is; their public is hostile.

Hermes said...

I remember driving from Kardamyli to Areopoli, Mani in late July a few years ago and the radio had a Nikos Papazglou special on. Manolis Rasoulis wrote some of the lyrics of those songs. It was a special time. The rawness of the music suited the dry landscape with the occasional prickly pear. We visited a traditional bakery in Areopoli and then drove to Gerolimenas, Vathia and Porto Kagio. We ate at Taki's Fish Tavern at Oitylos that night.