Saturday, December 03, 2011
And how's that bankers' government of technocrats in Greece doing?About as well as the one in Italy, it seems: Florian Hassel Griechenland.Papademos bekommt die Lage nicht in den Griff Die Welt 02.12.2011.
Greece's "post-democracy" government, to use Jürgen Habermas' serviceable term, is off to a rocky start just like that in Greece. Despite the three-party coalition that it formally represents (social democrats, conservatives, more-conservatives), the bankers' debt-collection government in Greece is plagued by partisan squabbling! Even among its own coalition partners!
Golly, who would have thought that democracy was so hard to get rid of?
What's next, Post-Democracy 2.0?
There are still protests, strikes. It appears that the 99% in Greece still have given up this quaint idea that the people should have a meaningful say in how their government works. For some reason hard for the minds of Very Serious People to fathom, they also don't seem enchanted with an indefinite future of impoverishing themselves and their country. Don't they know what a privelege it is for a silly, insignificant little country and an unimportant people like themselves to be a satellite state of Angela Merkel's Germany?
George Gilson explain how post-democratic Greece's bankers' government, Post-Democracy 1.0, works in Press Watch, Dec. 2 Athens News 12/02/2011:
Absolute fiscal discipline and on-site Brussels-Berlin proxies to oversee every budgetary move is, by all accounts, the new eurozone plan, which probably will be unveiled by Angela Merkel in the German legislature today. That means, in short, you can wave bye-bye to the national power of the purse, the cornerstone of parliamentary democracy.After he eventually gets kicked out of Greece, Mr. Dimas can have a promising future as a FOX News commentator.
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