The Greek debt crisis and the end of democracy

A statement of the obvious perhaps, but something that is important to note amidst the financial crisis that is engulfing Europe and tearing Greece apart:

In all the commentary in the media the only views and demands being reported are those of the politicians.  The desperation of the political class’ efforts to deny the public a voice in how their money is used in the political class’ power games, should be both disturbing and instructive.

If ever we needed any more clear a demonstration of how far removed from democratic accountability our public servants have escaped, this is it.

Unless the public starts to take back the power that has been stolen from us we will never experience democracy again. It is that serious.

13 Responses to “The Greek debt crisis and the end of democracy”

  1. 1 right_writes 02/11/2011 at 4:41 pm

    I sort of agree that the people are not being heard in the media AM….

    But you can see a lot of anger on the streets of Athens on Russia Today.

  2. 2 GoodnightVienna (@CallingEngland) 02/11/2011 at 5:19 pm

    That’s true. In all the acreage of press coverage and tv punditry the words “national sovereignty” are rarely heard. That’s a bigger price to pay than any austerity package.

  3. 3 Sue 02/11/2011 at 5:20 pm

    @right_writes Exactly, what does it take? Demonstrations, petitions, riots?

    What are we left with but stringing them up on the nearest lamp post?

  4. 4 ProgContra 02/11/2011 at 9:18 pm

    I think that our media are particularly bad in this respect. Looking at the foreign press there are many more voices presented – and the majority of them are strongly critical of their leaders in Greece and of the potentates in Berlin and Paris.

  5. 5 Bill 02/11/2011 at 9:24 pm

    It also proves beyond any doubt the MSM is a part and parcel of the political class and has to be slain by the same sword.

  6. 6 Alfred the Ordinary (@AlfredtheO) 02/11/2011 at 10:14 pm

    I don’t know if this passes for MSM coverage, but Mary Ellen-Synon makes some good points in: “Should Greece pay its debts? ‘Not every creditor deserves a break'”

    eg: “‘Iceland has returned to the international capital markets and can borrow at 5% – a rate the Greeks can only dream of.’ ‘There is a lesson for the euro area here. Not every creditor deserves a break. They should have known it was risky to lend to Greece. Let them bear the cost.'”

  7. 7 Brian H 03/11/2011 at 2:59 am

    And Greeks have to learn that Other People’s Money isn’t free. Good luck with that!

  8. 8 Paul Laschet 03/11/2011 at 3:50 am

    Corrupt government + technocratic central bank = failure. History just repeats ad nauseum.

  9. 9 Debt Management 03/11/2011 at 7:04 am

    Great Work! n very well written .sure dis could definitely help

  10. 10 The Gray Monk 03/11/2011 at 8:16 am

    Just getting the Greeks to pay their taxes would be a start in the right direction toward economic viability. At present its another example of the “socialist dream” running out of money …

    I have long said that the UK lost its democratic standing sometime in the 1950s when the civil service first began to be in control of every aspect of people’s lives. The more the state takes on welfare, health and other matters that are really the province of local community effort, the less freedom and democracy everyone is allowed. Ministers are mere puppets – the strings are firmly in the hands of the self-serving bureaucrats in every democratic country.

    No, you won’t hear the “voice of the common man” – he was gagged many years ago, as soon as the ruling elites of the world realised how powerful every branch of the media was. The media always will be the mouthpiece of the rich and powerful. Even the hacks that write the stuff in the tabloids know that he who pays the piper ultimately decides what tune will be played.

  11. 11 David 03/11/2011 at 6:03 pm

    Why should the Greeks – or anyone else for that matter – be forced to pay taxes to see them pissed up against a wall? Our taxes are used for every b*stard around the globe rather than our own elderly, who are left to fester, starve and die in their own filth in our, now disgusting, hospitals. Fcuk paying taxes anymore – not when they’re thrown at people who loathe us and want to see us dead.

  12. 12 Bill 03/11/2011 at 6:16 pm

    David has it. The easiest way to bring down their government of aliens is to cut off its funding. Trouble is everyone is terrified of being labelled by the state and its media arm as an anarchist so nothing happens.

  13. 13 The Pedant-General 04/11/2011 at 3:33 pm

    H L Mencken seems to come to mind: democracy survives until the people realise they can vote themselves the keys to the treasury…

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