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FEEL HELLENE. THINK DEMOCRATIC. BE INITIATIVE.

There should not be any surprise around what is happening in our motherland at the moment.

Political Theorist, Jurgen Habermas has provided a theoretical framework of world politics which allows the
conceptualisation and exploration of the Greek crisis.

1. Fiscal Crisis
Due to the government’s bad decision making (plus obsolete, corrupt and archaic political mechanism) large
amounts of money were wasted and “lost” causing the fiscal crisis that Greece is currently undergoing.

2. Rationality Crisis
The lack of resources has forced the government to irrational decision making which simply implements policies
where the numbers, simply do not add up.

3. Legitimation Crisis
The austerity measures introduced by the Greek government and suggested/recommended/forced by the Troika
have long withdrawn the public’s faith from the government causing a plethora of problems including the public
unrest witnessed this week.

4. Motivation Crisis
Which bring me to Habermas’ last concept of crisis, the motivation crisis. According to Habermas, the motivation
crisis causes the citizens to withdraw and seize their partaking activities , like voting and sharing their opinions and
acting like the checks and balances to the government, which makes the democratic system to work.

Unfortunately his theory applies. Greek citizens in the past few years have withdrawn and in most cases “wait”
to see how this crisis is going to unfold. This is a mistake. This is what causes the widely admitted failure of
democracy in its birthplace and the domination of clientelism; a relationship between the citizen and the state that is
based on the interests of each one and not of the demos in its entirety.

The images of social unrest that we witnessed this week and many times in the recent years are images of
failing democracy, which does not provide to the people as it should. The Greek nation is experiencing a motivation
crisis at large which does not encourage them to partake in the common activities of the state and thus weakening
the democratic institutions.

The question yet remain… How do we get ourselves away from this situation?
By working the crisis backwards.
Unlike what the Greek government is trying to do and the Troika is determined is the right course of action, i believe we
need to work the other way around.

4. Motivation Crisis
We need citizens motivated to partake in the policy and decision making of Greece. We need to experience the strengthening
of a truly democratic ethos and institution that operation to serve the interest of the demos

3. Legitimation Crisis
Motivated citizens will bring about new people, new ideas and new initiatives that can help change the political landscape
of Greece. Change needs to start at a local community level. First we need to make sure that our neighbourhood is the
way, we democratically agree, is the way we want it. Then, once we ve achieved the change in our neighbourhood, we have to
try to fix our city/town/village. Then, bring the strategies and changes that we have seen work on a local level to a regional
level. and from there attempt the implementation at a national level.

2. Rationality Crisis
The successful implementation of policy on a local and regional level provide a sound basis for the implementation
of similar policies on a national level. Regardless of their final success, which will need to be documented,
analysed, researched and studies so that new, better policies can come even from the mistakes, the point to
tackling the rationality crisis is to have a reasonable reason – a logical logos…

1. Fiscal Crisis
With motivated demos, which adds legitimacy to rational policies it is merely consequent that the fiscal crisis will be overturned
with the implementation of policies that provide, care and look after the demos’ economy.

So how do we get that first step? The first motivated citizens?
By becoming ourselves the change we want to see…
By organising our community and democratically deciding what can be done on a local (at first) level
By believing that Greece has much to offer to us despite what is going on.
(at the moment we have a beautiful and great farm
that is worked by the wrong farmers. there is nothing wrong with the farm. its the farmers who don’t know how to work it so
that it gives them the delicious “fruits” that Greece, for so many years, has been producing.)
By taking initiative and seeing it through.
By being democratic and believing in the democratic ethos and principle of our homeland
By becoming ourselves a truly Hellenic and fundamentally Democratic Initiative.


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