Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Old World Never Died

The Empire Never Ended.

“In cafes, taxis and bars, Greeks across the political spectrum are discussing the palpable surge in Golden Dawn’s popularity, which has risen in recent political polls even as the group steps up a campaign of vigilantism and attacks against immigrants.

The poll gains come amid growing disenchantment over rising illegal immigration, and with the government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, which is being forced by its international lenders to push through $15 billion in additional, highly unpopular, austerity measures. If Greece were to hold new elections soon, Golden Dawn could emerge as the third-largest party in Parliament, behind Mr. Samaras’s New Democracy and the left-wing Syriza. Currently, Golden Dawn is the fifth largest, with 18 out of 300 seats.

“We have a major socioeconomic crisis in which several hundred thousand Greeks are losing ground,” said Nikos Demertzis, a professor of political sociology at the University of Athens. “And you have a rising number of immigrants in Greece, many illegal. This is creating a volcanic situation where all the classic parameters for the flourishing of a far-right force like Golden Dawn are present.”

Golden Dawn’s tactics are similar to ones it used before parliamentary elections in June. Preying on fears that immigrants are worsening crime rates and economic hardship, the group has been stepping up attacks against immigrants, many of whom are legal citizens, with the police frequently standing by. It is also trying to expand its reach with the Greek diaspora.”

And they call themselves the Golden Dawn. HOGD members can now start officially shitting themselves.

I hope this fascist trend goes away soon. Seriously.


Gordon said...

It won't. Remind me to tell you of the spectral SS officers riding around in Mercedes sidecars I see every time I've been to the Continent of late.

Jason: You see this?!

Monsignor Scott Rassbach said...

It's not a swastika, it's a traditional Greek symbol, the Meander. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meander_(art)

That said, they are doing lots of Nazi-ish stuff, against the Jews, immigrants, etc.

Jack Faust said...

Thanks, Scott! I didn't know that!

Ryan Valentine said...

Like Gordon says .. just going to get worse.

Mr VI said...

I concur with Gordon and Ryan. The interesting thing is that this has a flipside - the authoritarian state is always powered by the same furious nature that excites liberation. See Jung on Wotan

Jack Faust said...

You already had me read it. LOL. Greeeeat essay. Very interesting.