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Something worse has happened for the Greeks, I'm afraid. In talking to relatives, it seems the total disdain for the state and all that entails (taxes, services, etc.) has reached epic proportions and has only reinforced the sort of historical factors which have made Greek life problematic.

This isn't reform at all. It's calcification. It's anti-reform.

Greece responds to history by creating guardrails around it. Taxes are a tribute to occupying entities? Response: don't pay taxes. The leftwing liberates the country and is ascendant in its reconstruction? Response: Clamp down on democracy. Opposition politicians thrown in jail for their views? Response: Pass a law forbidding the incarceration of politicians (even if guilty of corruption).

The last two years are yet another chapter in Greece's woeful history, an extension of its 20th century.

by Upstate NY on Tue Feb 14th, 2012 at 10:48:14 AM EST
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