“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Beware of Greeks Looking for Gifts
Euro dithering of the first order. German angst as to what to do. Greek labor intransigence. The Russians and Chinese bailing Greece out, and now talk of shifting it to the IMF which means more US bailouts.
Folks, forget the nonsense you hear about the Greeks being the birthplace of democracy. They may have invented it but have rarely practiced it and then only in short spurts. Greece has been ruled by tyrants and Turks and since the early seventies, socialists under the dreadful Papandreou family.
The current Papandreou has been a lifelong Socialist and is the president of Socialist International, a grouping of national Socialist parties.
His father, the late Andreas Papandreou, founded the Pasok party. His grandfather was prime minister in the 1960s before he was thrown out by a military coup.
They have been ardent anti-Americans. Greek intellectuals are the worst of the US haters.
Greece has yet to learn the lesson about socialism and the US may not be far behind, but this is a European and Greek problem of their own causing.
No gifts to Greece.