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(en) Britain, Anarchist Federation, Organise! #79 - The Crisis in Greece: Unspoken Consequences

Date Tue, 11 Dec 2012 12:41:14 +0200

If anyone were interested in re searching about the mechanisms of the state, Greece would have been a primary candidate for a case study. The public domain for the last forty years had been the largest in Europe, with politics being rendered sterile by a two-party system imitating the American political scene. It is thus no coincidence that the crisis and its consequences were first felt in a nation so extensively influenced by the state domain. With the public sector accounting largely for health, employment, education and many other aspects of everyday life, the hybrid state-capitalist system has been rendered vulnerable to neoliberalism’s destructive competitiveness. ---- Greece’s unemployment, social unrest and economic disintegration have been the most frequently discussed topic in connection with the Eurozone, but it is now that the most severe symptoms of the crisis are being revealed.

The 2012 elections dra-
matically polarized Greek society,
bringing down an established
oligopolistic structure of political
governance. SYRIZA, the Coalition
of the Radical Left, has surged in
popularity, whilst the right has
taken a step towards the realm of
neo-Nazism currently represented
by Golden Dawn. Caught between
SYRIZA’s radical elements and a
potential forced default by the
European Union, the prime min-
ister has adopted policies con-
stantly approaching those of the
extreme right.

A common defence mechanism
against the left, the government
has employed divisive policies to
dilute the fronts of class warfare
and draw support from the far
right with the illusion of national
identity. Systematic xenophobia
is currently conducted through
the ‘Xenios Zefs’ project which
rounds up immigrants lacking pa-
perwork and detains them in po-
lice training centres in the north
of Greece. Doctrines preaching
‘the nation-state, religion and
patriarchal family’ are now propa-
gated and enforced with the aim
of restoring traditional values of
national pride and unity.

The result has begun to force
political consciousness to choose
between a conforming social
democracy or revolutionary insur-
rectionist approach, the latter
being compartmentalised under
Greece’s increasingly police-state
character. Concerning the politi-
cally independent, state-terror
consisting of warnings that the
left embraces bankruptcy and
the destruction of society, has
been increasingly present in the
media. The Golden Dawn, which
has benefited from this environ-
ment, now threatens to physically
implement its policies. Paying
tribute to elements of fascism,
it is setting up branches all over
Greece, taking policing into its
own hands, attacking immigrants
and escorting citizens to shop and
collect pensions.

As it has been demonstrated, an
economic crisis firstly dismantles
the industrial sector to bring the
nation down to its knees. It then
wipes out the workforce that
generates production and con-
sumes, consequently shattering
the middle class. Finally, it offers
high interest loans to shackle the
economy to its current state and
drain it of capital. Greece is now
left between binding itself to a
destructive contract or default
and suffer tremendous socio-
economic consequences and an
unpredictable future. If it chooses
to follow the second, it will need
a new system and new allies. The
following months will tell the tale.
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