A friend of mine used to tell me he studied History because so many of the mistakes that we make have ever been made… So, one who knows what mistakes were made is more likely not to make them.
Just read this story about the recent riots in
What fascinated me were the parallels that I can think of, relative to
“The teenagers and twenty-somethings who have come close to toppling the Greek government are not the marginalised: this is no replay of the riots that convulsed
“The demands of the young are hard to formulate. They want an end to police violence; they want to change things; they want jobs, and hope; they want a better system. If the wish list is slightly vague, the problem itself is amorphous and difficult to name: a crisis of values and institutions, society and economy, vision and leadership.”
“democracy was restored, but institutions remained weak; under the socialist prime minister Andreas Papandreou (father of the present leader of the opposition), liberties were extended but corruption also flourished, hand in a hand with a corrosive leftwing populism.
At the same time, the country has been in the throes of a rapid and painful modernisation. In 40 years
“New Democracy government - which enjoys a parliamentary majority of one - has surpassed its predecessors in graft and corruption while imposing punitive economic austerity measures.
It is eerie. Sounds more and more like
The more we appear different, the more like one another we are. Disturbingly, this poor country of mine seems set on a path remarkably similar to that set by
Can we avoid it? Why not?