Confusing times

Nine days to go to Greek elections and the picture is as murky as ever…

New Democracy insists it will govern on its own even though polls suggest it will get nowhere near a clear majority…

PASOK says it will come first at the ballot box and decide the next gov’t even though polls show it trailing New Democracy by some distance…

Leftist SYRIZA says it might perform ideological pirouette & accept support of nationalist Independent Greeks to form anti-bailout front…

Independent Greeks, whose raison d’etre is opposing bailout, says it can’t work with SYRIZA. Last week it said they agree on some things…

The Communist Party (KKE) has asked for as many votes as possible to ensure that it won’t be part of the next government…

Democratic Left says it won’t enter a coalition with PASOK or New Democracy but might be able to agree with them on some issues…

Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) says it won’t work with PASOK & ND unless they change leaders and agree to form a southern European front…

Neofascist Chryssi Avgi wants to create 4th Reich in Greece when all the other extreme parties want to drive Germans out of the country…

Meanwhile, the Ecologist Greens just want everyone to be nice to the environment.

Greek elections 2012: confused? You will be.

Nick Malkoutzis

13 responses to “Confusing times

  1. That’s not confusion. That’s political pluralism that plays straight into the German game of divide and conquer. That’s precisely what Germany wants; a weak Greek political spectrum to dominate for the foreseeable future.

    Let’s KISS(Keep It Simple Stupid) it. Game theory tells you that the right move is the one that irritates your opponent the most. And who irritates Merkel more than any other Greek politician? Answer: Samaras. Case closed.

    Confusion is for people who think and act like hens. For those intelligent enough logic is the only tool.

  2. Logic would dictate therefore to break with the past and VOTE RESPONSIBLY … despite the fact that many represent the ‘usual suspects’.

  3. Therefore, logic would dictate to break with the past and VOTE RESPONSIBLY … despite the fact that many represent the ‘usual suspects’!

    • Samaras is not the past. The man has spent 11 years in self-political exile.

      • A) You don’t vote for the man, you vote for the party. But be that as it may …
        B) Samaras has off and on been a member of parliament since like 1977, from New Democracy (ND) to his own party and back. Not sure where you get the 11 years of exile from. He was kicked out of ND, and then after forming his own party (I wouldn’t call that exile) he brought down the government. I’ve lived in Greece for the past 18 years and he has always been an active and disturbingly vocal member on the political scene.
        C) Samaras is espousing a police state (“orthodoxy, law and order”), no citizenship for immigrants, an about face on the separation between church (defined as Greek Orthodoxy only) and state, and water cannons for protesters. He, together with the Neo-Nazis (Golden Dawn) are step by step dragging the conservative right to neon-fascism. Immigrant bashing and bible thumping are the coming order of the day.

        Yes, you are right; it’s understandable that he would piss off Merkel and here ‘Catastroika’ cronies. He actually makes them look intelligent!

  4. Jay:

    Take France as an example. France allows in her 1st round of any presidential election to vote for whoever you want. But in the 2nd round (which is mandatory) only the top 2 parties are the choice. The purpose of the French system is not to deny democracy, simply to say that “let’s get practical in voting a majority government that could govern”.

    The problem with Greece is that we have the same 1st round when you can register a protest vote but not the 2nd round which is the practical and solid one for governance purposes. The 1st round is to deconstruct and the 2nd round is to reconstruct. The Greek system only allows for a demolition job and not for the reconstruction.

    Therefore, your task as a Greek voter is not to launch a protest but to vote as if a 2nd round existed.

    The job of every voter in Greece is to self-eliminate any other party other than the top 2 and then vote for one of the two.

    Granted, such vote might not exactly represent your views, but you need to go through the discipline of self-restraint. Registering a protest vote only speaks of elementary political education. I am sure 100% of Greeks are against the Memorandum I and Memorandum II. So what? It’s like saying that all Greeks are anti-death. What does this have to do with effective government?

    The job as a responsible citizen is to decide his/her next strong government and not tell us what football club he/she would rather support.

  5. True … but then a football club is exactly how the big dogs have operated – and to be honest, that’s exactly how many prefer it. It’s special interest trickled down all the way down to the voters. The political elite remain in power and for a good chunk of voters, jobs or political favors are exchanged for votes. It’s easy … and obviously dysfunctional.

    The problem: “As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.” – Gore Vidal

    As for your view on a voter’s obligation to vote for a ‘strong government’ as opposed to which party best serves one’s interest or political ideology, I’d say that’s part and parcel of what’s called ‘fascism’. It would be much simpler to just eliminate all other parties except the big 2, leaving voters the illusion that there actually is a ‘choice’ (redefined as ‘democracy’), and then let the real ‘powers that be’ (Big Business) get on with business as usual. You know, sort of how they do it back home in the US. 😛

    Perhaps one’s real choice is to either VOTE RESPONSIBLY or make like W.C. Fields, “I never vote for anyone. I always vote against.”

  6. Jay:

    I think you have taken it a bit far and into the realm of nostalgia. Voting a strong party to do a job right is not fascism. It’s intelligent politics.

    You seem to be looking for a form of sweet freedom called Ophelia:

    • But that’s precisely the German propaganda. What does it have to do with Greece?

      In the last two days only, multiple German journalistic sources are predicting a “political earthquake in Greece” resulting in great loss for the top 2 political parties and a “radical rearrangement” of the Greek political landscape.

      I am not sure who is feeding whom in this negative loop, but the Germans (aka Merkel) who aspire nothing less than a fragmented, weak, subordinate and order taking Greece are already painting your future and are telling us that they have succeeded in something the Greek voter has not been able to succeed in the last 30 years; namely the destruction of the “corrupt Greek political elite”. Of course, they make it sound like we did it, but the suggestive nature of their prediction really confers such achievement to their superior tactics.

      So, when Greek citizens are boasting of free will and victory over the internal forces of “darkness”, is it really something we have accomplished or more likely something that has been “accomplished” for us by our new “enlightened masters”?

      To me it looks like a case of packaging German goods sold to Greeks as gifts or a case of aTrojan Horse squared. And of course all of this is offered to us under the illusion of our “own choice”. After all is us, the enraged Greek citizens aided and abated by the incessant German propaganda demanding forced change or else.

      So, you tell me. Are you really letting Greeks decide for their future or under the artful orchestration of deconstructing the political pyramid a choice has already been made for us and we don’t even know it?

      And if such is the case, don’t you think that is our imperative duty to actually prevent this predeterminism a la Germania from ever happening to us?

      Another way of putting this to you is as follows: How come do you accept as the truth by the same people who prescribed austerity for you as a good thing, that the destruction of “your corrupt political system” is also a good thing? The only way to arrive to such important conclusions is completely on your own and at your own sweet time, not because some “well meaning Germans” are telling so. Simple stuff. And what are we to make of Greece when barbarians are deciding its fate?

      Only a single strong Greek government (not a coalision) is required under the circumstances and only Samaras and his party could deliver it. The rest is just conversation.

  7. Thanks, Dean. I’m reminded …
    “Now Ophelia, she’s ’neath the window
    For her I feel so afraid
    On her twenty-second birthday
    She already is an old maid
    To her, death is quite romantic
    She wears an iron vest
    Her profession’s her religion
    Her sin is her lifelessness
    And though her eyes are fixed upon
    Noah’s great rainbow
    She spends her time peeking
    Into Desolation Row”
    (Bob Dylan, Desolation Row)

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