Sunday, June 02, 2013


Clear political indications of what Austerity can do for a country:

It wasn't just that their symbols looked like swastikas. Or that thousands of Greek flags filled the marble square beneath the Acropolis. Or that they were marking the 560th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople.

It was that there were so many of them. Angry men and angry women furiously screaming "Greece belongs to Greeks" in the heart of ancient Athens, as tourists – some befuddled, some shocked – looked on or fled at the sight of neo-Nazis coming to town.

"Now we are in the thousands," thundered Nikos Michaloliakos, the bespectacled mathematician who leads Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party. "Long live victory!"

Like the soldiers on whom they model themselves, the Greeks who subscribe to the ultra-nationalist, neo-fascist dogma of Golden Dawn are the first to say they are at war. This week, as Antonis Samaras's coalition government struggled to contain an escalating crisis over efforts to curb the extremists, it was they who appeared to be winning that war.


StonyPillow said...

The Koch brothers think they can control their monster. So did Fritz Thyssen.

Anonymous said...

This was always the goal of austerity. Now jack booted thugs of every stripe are free to victimize whomever they choose. What better way to stomp any populist movement that should arise.

Anonymous said...

Funny quickly the wingers will go -- and they will go -- from "do you want to be like Greece" to "don't you want to be like Greece" ?

pansypoo said...

how come the rich NEVER LEARN?
hitler got his start this way. FDR or hitler. which path is better?