Monday, August 01, 2011

A common thread

An interesting account of the current mood in Greece confirms our general thesis.When the political classes mess up, the response of the people is to disobey and then rebel. We did it in 1940. The Greeks are doing it now. And, in the fullness of time, we will be doing it again. It really is just a matter of time.

But the interesting thing is that these rebellions tend to be unplanned, entirely spontaneous and unpredictable. If there is an "ism" floating around, the progenitors tend to exploit the situation – but they do not create it.

The 1940s brought us Socialism – or a version of it. Who knows what the situation in Greece will bring. My gut feeling is that, if we don't have our own "ism" ready and waiting, then people may opt for one of which we do not approve.

That, therefore, is our agenda. The pols and the media may want to sell us bread and circuses, by way of political expediency, to keep us quiet and docile. But their agenda is not ours. The grown-ups need to be concerned with what happens when the situation finally goes belly up.

Greece points the way, but offers no solution. There, we are on our own.