OPINION

Constricting the state

All societies have problems when money and power are inextricably linked within them… But what has happened in our country is the worst possible scenario: A handful of individuals are running major businesses that rely on state money and at the same time holding major stakes in media organizations. If we want to get to the crux of the problem, we have to look at it from both sides: that of the politicians and that of the businessmen. And both of these groups crave one and the same thing: the large sums found in the state’s coffers. Indeed, the reason that those with «entangled interests» are so aggressive is the sheer amount of money that is at stake. In other words, as long as we perpetuate a «big state» we will be feeding corruption. In its current form, the Greek state is the largest and richest it has ever been; it has a massive budget, state deficits, European subsidies, state banks and rich municipalities. But about 70 percent of state wealth is being handled by the select few. A real political revolution can only take place on the basis of a liberal economic policy so that businesses can operate in a deregulated, competitive environment. This is why we must put an end to the influence wielded by groups with vested interests…