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But, IMO, the Weimar Republic and the current Greek government became failed states for different reasons, with different trajectories.
Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.
Yes, the militarization of society and the fact that large parts of the imperial bureaucracy had never quite accepted democracy did not help. But all of those have parallels in contemporary Greece: You have a clientilist two-party system that is prepared to court nazis to remain in power, an increasingly brutalized and politicized police force, and a Germany which is if anything far more vindictive and arrogant in its behaviour than the entente ever was.
As far as I can tell, the main difference is that Greece does not have the industrial or military capacity to pursue the sort of externally-directed revanchism that Germany did. Domestically, OTOH, things can get quite bad.
It is difficult not to see Greece (or Portugal) not to become a failed state in the medium run. People should prepare accordingly (in individual/family terms, I mean).
Brain drain does wonders I guess.
Polling station, Corinth: #GoldenDawn muscle men in quasi-uniform at school gates. Intimidation in itself. Next to melon seller. #greece2012
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