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Ekathimerini: Indignant movement is political (By Stavros Lygeros)
In the conventional way of looking at things, the Indignant movement appears apolitical. In reality, though, it is profoundly and surprisingly political.
That is exactly the problem with the conventional way to look at politics, isn't it? It's not part of the patronage networks we call powers that be and political parties, so it's not "political"? Every time the people turn their back on the oligarchs the serious people talk of "a crisis of democracy".
It has emerged from the bowels of society and expresses the rising up of the silent majority, which is seeing the basic constants of its way of life being threatened. The way the prime minister is being gradually undermined effectively marks the beginning of the end for this government.


Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jun 3rd, 2011 at 06:08:36 AM EST
Well, every time the people turn their backs on the oligarchs you do have a crisis of democracy, because the oligarchs tend to bring out the brownshirts when that happens.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Jun 3rd, 2011 at 06:40:30 AM EST
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We have been warned. Repeatedly, even.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jun 3rd, 2011 at 07:03:21 AM EST
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The people I saw at Syntagma were 15% leftist, 5% ecologists and this kind of thing (cyclists, non-political etc.), 5% rightwingers and 75% PASOK (socialist party) voters. It's mainly the people that you would meet at PASOK rallies in election periods. The kind of people that are low wagers or so. That should alarm the government, because it's their core voters. The they have let down, but they can't see it. If you talk to them, they can't really see it.

P.S. I understand that Kathimerini is one of the very few English language comprehensive news sources about Greece, but keep in mind that it is currently extremely conservative in the deepest sense. It used to have much better times.

"Eurozone leaders have turned a 50bn Greek solvency problem into a 1,000bn existential crisis for the European Union." David Miliband

by Kostis Papadimitriou on Fri Jun 3rd, 2011 at 06:21:21 PM EST
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I bookmarked it as a result of a link to a poll, but then I read some of the articles....as you say.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Jun 4th, 2011 at 04:58:46 PM EST
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Very hard right pro-IMF lately, but it still has a few lefties on its opinion columns (Boukalas, Xydakis etc) and a few "progressive nationalists" (for lack of a better description) like Lygeros...

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake
by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Mon Jun 6th, 2011 at 02:27:55 PM EST
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