“I sometimes get the impression that the Greek people are fully aware of the sacrifices being asked of them, but that the elite in Greece don’t want to forego their privileges”.
A very bold statement, indeed! From my personal experiences, it is an accurate statement, too. I would only add the following sentence to it:
“The elite in Greece – be it political, academic, journalistic, artistic, or whatever – does not want to focus on solutions which Greece could bring about on her own (that is without the EU). Instead, they love to involve themselves in other people’s problems such as the PSI, the CDSs, Eurobonds, etc. etc. They love to belabor the past. They love to explain why Greece got into trouble. They love to lament. But they do not come up with specific proposals as to how to get the Greek economy going!”
Greeks in the diaspora have generally been very successful. I got to know a lot of Greeks in Chicago, the world’s third-largest Greek city, when I lived there. Those Greeks in the diaspora would be non-existent today if they had acted like the Greek elite is acting in Greece.
To my surprise, I recently came across a website “Greece is changing“. Definitely a laudable initiative. But when I looked for first and last names of people who are behind that initiative to establish contact with them, it turned out that they are all anonymous.
Isn’t any member of the Greek elite prepared to “stand up and be counted”? Are all of them so intertwingled with the existing cronyism that none of them wants to take chances for Greece’s future at the risk of losing perks of the present?
My memory is vague but when I try to remember what we learned about ancient Greeks at school, I often wonder whether today’s Greek elite are really descendants from those ancient Greeks.