A many-headed mon­ster

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It is a well-known fact that one of cash-strapped Greece’s big­gest chal­lenges is to re­duce the high lev­els of tax eva­sion and bring more money into the public cof­fers. At the same time, any­one who has ever held a po­si­tion of re­spon­si­b­lity with re­gard to tax eva­sion in this coun­try has quickly come to re­al­ize that it is some­thing of a hy­dra, which will take much more than a sin­gle ef­fort to well and truly put an end to. This is not solely the re­sult of the sys­tem’s lack of po­lit­i­cal willpower or the in­ef­fi­ciency of the state and cor­rup­tion therein. It is also due to the large num­ber of self-em­ployed peo­ple and small busi­nesses, as well as the em­bed­ded men­tal­ity which dic­tates that the state is the en­emy and cit­i­zens should loot it as much as they like and go un­pun­ished, free of any moral reser­va­tions. An ex­treme yet typ­i­cal ex­am­ple of this is the al­leged tax eva­sion sys­tem de­vel­oped by public ser­vants at the store on the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site of Knos­sos on Crete.

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