Saturday November 1, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
18o C
13o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Political primitivism

By Costas Iordanidis

A sure sign of collapse is when words lose their meaning. Soon after democracy was reinstated in Greece, the idea that political parties had to be based on “programs” and “principles” quickly began to gain prevalence. In the 30 years that have elapsed since, it has become apparent that “principles” are contrived in order to be violated and “programs” in order to be ignored. If this were not true, Greece would never have been in the predicament it finds itself in today.

The political party behind some of the most outrageous mutations of these two concepts is PASOK. New Democracy fell in line with obvious unease as it found itself incapable of dealing with a situation dominated on a fundamental institutional level by arrogance and the complete abolition of hierarchy.

There is nothing odd, therefore, about the fact that citizens today are extremely skeptical of any announcement of a “program,” whichever party it comes from. This means that on May 6 they will vote exclusively on the basis of their experiences because, quite simply, the parties themselves have behaved in an irrational manner for decades.

There is no real question of “programs” and “principles” to speak of. There is simply the commitment of PASOK and New Democracy to the implementation of the memorandum. The crazy thing is that the champions of the memorandum have in their majority never read the terms of the agreement. The same goes for the critics of the memorandum, who, moreover, have no alternative to propose.

It is obvious that Greece is ailing from political primitivism. This has been proved by decades of so-called modernization that led to unprecedented corruption, as seen most recently in the case of Akis Tsochatzopoulos, a founding member of PASOK.

Everyone agrees that we are in dire straits, but instead of confessing and telling the truth, this country’s politicians keep talking about the prospects of “growth” in terms that are almost supernatural.

But growth cannot come about before the current construct is completely destroyed, and this was the essence of the message sent by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

Nurturing delusions at this point constitutes a major political crime, because when the bubble bursts, as it surely will, the situation will be impossible to control.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday April 19, 2012 (16:28)  
The judiciary’s responsibility
Findings raise eyebrows
Countering Turkish swagger in the Eastern Mediterranean
Time is running out in Afghanistan
Ministry swap halts talk of reshuffle as reforms eyed
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Friday appointed Nikos Dendias as defense minister, replacing outgoing Dimitris Avramopoulos, who assumes the European Commission’s immigration portfolio ne...
Turkish-Greek cooperation in Aegean helps stem flow of migrants
Closer cooperation between Greek and Turkish coast guard authorities has led to 11,000 undocumented migrants being prevented from entering Greek borders and returned to the neighboring count...
Inside News
Disposable income of households fell 10.3 pct in one year
The reduction of Greek households’ disposable incomes in 2013 compared with 2012 amounted to a total of 14 billion euros, the biggest since the start of the crisis according to data released...
Banks unhappy with bad loans bill
Bank officials are expressing serious reservations about the efficiency of the government’s bill regarding nonperforming corporate loans, arguing that the target set by the Development Minis...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
Spanoulis played Zeus for Olympiakos against Neptunas
Captain Vassilis Spanoulis helped Olympiakos narrowly avoid an upset on Friday as it defeated Euroleague debutant Neptunas Klaipeda 85-81 in overtime in Lithuania to preserve its perfect sta...
BASKETBALL
Obradovic watches Greens thrash his Fenerbahce
The second homecoming of former Panathinaikos coach Zeljko Obradovic, now at Fenerbahce, was not as emotional as last year’s, but it was certainly was the night of an emphatic triumph for th...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Spanoulis played Zeus for Olympiakos against Neptunas
2. Disposable income of households fell 10.3 pct in one year
3. Banks unhappy with bad loans bill
4. State debtor numbers grew in September
5. Reform plan among conditions
6. Ministry swap halts talk of reshuffle as reforms eyed
more news
Today
This Week
1. Archaeologists find underground vault at Amphipolis tomb
2. Man shot dead, woman injured in Vathis square attack
3. Cyprus’s Georgiades bets on economy for Irish-style bailout exit
4. Greek retail sales rise for third month in a row
5. Germany’s 10-year bonds decline before euro-area inflation data
6. New defense minister to be appointed without reshuffle
Today
This Week
1. Austria’s creative bookkeeping beats Greece on secret debts
2. End of reason, end of humanity
3. Clean bill of health for Greek banks from stress tests
4. Samaras pledges action after flash floods in Athens
5. Eurobank, National Bank restructurings eliminate capital gap
6. Athens flood damage assessed, compensation payments to begin
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.