(July 4, 2015) Back in the good old days of 2,500 years ago, the Greeks blamed the gods for their self-induced disasters. In modern times the Brits were to blame, and then the Americans. Now it’s the Germans.
We brag about inventing democracy – however selective – and also about inventing tragedy, but don’t dwell at all on another word we invented: demagoguery.
Demagoguery is what brought Alexis Tsipras and his motley crew of corner-café pseudo-philosophers to power, and demagoguery continues to dominate Greek political discussions even today as we vote for or against the euro.
But let’s not forget comedy, yet another Greek invention.
Today’s referendum is truly Greek, a tragi-comedy of errors, a yes or no question drafted in cryptic, technocratic gobbledegook, worthy of the best Brussels newspeak.
But let’s start at the beginning.
The Greek ship of state was cruising on choppy waters under a benign monarchy headed by the 27-year-old King Constantine back in 1967.