If this is democ­racy

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We are no longer deal­ing with a democ­racy that has lost much of its mean­ing, stew­arded as it is by a class of self-le­git­i­mated ca­reer politi­cians and un­ac­count­able power cen­ters. An en­tire coun­try has turned into a prov­ince of an eco­nomic rather than po­lit­i­cal em­pire which, in turn, is held ran­som to sev­eral in­vest­ment firms and rat­ing agen­cies with mon­strous power and greedy as­pi­ra­tions. A cap­tive of cap­tives, Greece is twice a cap­tive: black­mailed, ma­nip­u­lated, dis­cred­ited and hu­mil­i­ated. The speed is ab­surd at which re­as­sur­ances that the fifth in­stal­ment “is a done deal” gave place to warn­ings that the fifth in­stal­ment “is in the air” or that it will not be re­leased and we shall go bank­rupt, but also from the in­tim­i­dat­ing “the midterm fis­cal plan is a con­di­tion for more aid” to the more pos­i­tive “of course, it is not a pre­con­di­tion.” Even the best-in­formed cit­i­zens are hav­ing trou­ble mak­ing sense of the con­flict­ing re­ports. See­ing that the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem is not moved by the pop­u­lar protests – de­spite their in­ten­sity, du­ra­tion and spon­tane­ity – peo­ple are over­whelmed by a sense of fu­til­ity. The same feel­ing con­sumes those deputies who don’t see their con- science as some gift be­stowed by a hege­mon and his acolytes. Some deputies are protest­ing. If there were a fu­ner­ary in­scrip­tion for our bank­rupt democ­racy, it would be the state­ment made re­cently by a PASOK MP: “We took some de­ci­sions about the midterm fis­cal plan; Evan­ge­los Venize­los took them to the troika but they re­jected them. If the troika wants to rule this place, let them rule it. But I have no rea­son to be in Par­lia­ment.” A shorter one would be Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou’s state­ment in Par­lia­ment in ref­er­ence to the pres­sure form troika of­fi­cials: “Enough al­ready!”

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