Monday Jul 28, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
31o C
23o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Paying no heed to society

By Alexis Papachelas

Before society drowns in tawdry videos, let us cast our minds back to the political machinations and the rationale that has developed over the past couple of years, from the inauspicious emergence of Golden Dawn as a political force to the shocking revelation of this weeks video, which was illegally recorded and broadcast.

In the first phase of this brief chronicle, the far-right partys members and MPs used tactics of bullying, both verbal and physical, against their opponents and naysayers. These tactics provoked a lackluster reaction and were essentially tolerated both by the state and most of the countrys political powers. Golden Dawn was not openly lambasted by the political establishment nor was it legally prosecuted for what were clearly illegal, if minor offenses.

What came next was the theory of the two extremes, which basically suggests that violence, wherever it comes from, from whichever extreme, is always one and the same. When this theory began to gain ground, its champions even went as far as to associate the main leftist opposition with extra-state powers and former convicts in a bid to play down the violence of the extreme right by equating it with that credited to the extreme left.

It is likely that the objective was to instigate an all-out confrontation between the left and the neo-Nazis. Maybe because even the inherently violent Golden Dawn was making gains on the back of the system that it was so quick to condemn. Meanwhile, judicial authorities continued to tolerate the partys increasingly violent and illegal actions.

The cold-blooded murder of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas in September last year by a member of Golden Dawn was a catalytic event that upset the fragile balance. The state decided to take on the party, quickly and decisively. Following accusations that the party effectively operated as a criminal organization, almost all of Golden Dawns political leadership was put behind bars.

The neo-Nazi group was cut down through legal means, though not through political ones.

And herein lies the problem: the absence of a political response to what is ultimately a political phenomenon. No one took the time to examine and understand what led to a large portion of society accepting and even supporting the neo-Nazis brutal manifesto. No one has sat down to try to understand the behavior of a society that is in deep crisis, a society that accepts and further propagates its own crisis.

The bottom line is that when you cannot or refuse to comprehend why society behaves the way it does, you simply cannot produce politics.

ekathimerini.com , Saturday April 5, 2014 (15:17)  
Weighing all the factors
Clear rules, for everyone
Concrete measures
Education needs skills
Samaras to meet Cypriot President Anastasiades in Athens
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades is due to hold talks at noon on Monday for with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens. Anastasiades will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Ioan...
Maziotis moved to Diavata Prison in Thessaloniki
Nikos Maziotis, the head of the Revolutionary Struggle terrorist group who was arrested earlier this month, has been moved to Diavata Prison in Thessaloniki. Maziotis was transferred from Ko...
Inside News
ANALYSIS
Euro inflation seen testing ECB patience as stimulus takes time
When the European Central Bank unleashed a stimulus barrage in June, it cautioned that the economy would take some time to respond. Data due this week may test its patience. The inflation ra...
ANALYSIS
Next six to eight months will be crucial
Greece may have obtained partial market access and the economy may have stopped contracting in the second or current quarter, but living standards for a sizeable portion of the population co...
Inside Business
VOLLEYBALL
Volleyball national team second in European League
Much as the national volleyball team tried to repeat in the finals of the European League the feat it had achieved in the semifinals, it failed to overturn the advantage Montenegro had got f...
SOCCER
Ranieri says he has little to change in Greek national team
The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) presented Claudio Ranieri as the new Greece coach for the next couple of years, after the Italian manager signed his contract in Athens on Friday. I l...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Samaras to meet Cypriot President Anastasiades in Athens
2. Maziotis moved to Diavata Prison in Thessaloniki
3. Euro inflation seen testing ECB patience as stimulus takes time
4. Defense Minister Avramopoulos to represent Greece at European Commission
5. Volleyball national team second in European League
6. Next six to eight months will be crucial
more news
Today
This Week
1. Defense Minister Avramopoulos to represent Greece at European Commission
2. Euro inflation seen testing ECB patience as stimulus takes time
3. Maziotis moved to Diavata Prison in Thessaloniki
4. Samaras to meet Cypriot President Anastasiades in Athens
5. French tourist dies after falling off balcony in Crete
6. Weighing all the factors
Today
This Week
1. Climber dies in Mount Olympus fall
2. Greek sovereign debt at 174.1 percent of GDP in first quarter
3. Unequal after death
4. Hedge fund Dromeus turns Greek tragedy to triumph with 160 pct gain
5. Quadriplegic woman on life support 'dies due to unpaid power bills'
6. Front-line threats
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.