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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have long withdrawn the public’s faith from the government causing a plethora of problems including the public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 Greek citizens in the past few years have withdrawn and in most cases “wait”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.

Christian Raspa’s Movember 2012

Cancer is a Problem that Touches All of Us.

None of us has to think for too long to find a person who has been affected by Cancer.

This November, I will be growing a Mo to raise fund for Movember Australia, an organisation which over the the past few years has made significant contributions to the Fight Against Cancer.

So Motivate me, Sponsor me or Just Make Fun of Me by helping me grow a Mo this Movember.

Knowledge is Power

Any Contribution Big or Small, Huge or Tiny is Most welcome 🙂

To Donate Electronically to my Movember account


To Donate to Me personally Contact Me through the Link below

Contact Me

Find Out What you Can do to “Change the Face of Men’s Health”

Find a doctor and make a yearly appointment each Movember for a general health check.  Getting annual checkups, preventative screening tests and immunisations are among the most important things you can do to stay healthy.

Family history is one of the most powerful tools to understanding your health. Family history affects your level of risk for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, among other illnesses. It all starts with a conversation, talk to your family and take note of illnesses that a direct relative has experienced. Be sure to learn about relatives that are deceased as well.

If you do smoke, stop! It is estimated that active smoking is responsible for 88% of all lung cancer deaths in Australian men aged over 35.

If you are not already doing some form of exercise, start small and work up to a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. Stay on the move throughout the day; long periods of sitting increases your risk for disease. Every little bit counts – take the stairs instead of the elevator or take a walk during your lunch break.

The quality of your sleep can dictate how much you eat, how fast your metabolism runs, how fat or think you are, how well you can fight off infections, and how well you can cope with stress. Keep a regular pattern of sleep, going to bed and waking up at roughly the same time is key.

Fill up with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and choose healthy proteins like lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and nuts. Eat foods low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars. Moderation is key, as is eating a wide range of foods to ensure you get a variety of nutrients. The best source of vitamins is from food.

More than half of the Australian population are either overweight or obese. Obesity and being overweight pose a major risk for chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke and certain cancers. Balance calories from foods and beverages with calories you burn off by physical activities.

Stress, particularly long-term stress, can be the factor in the onset or worsening of ill health. Managing your stress is essential to your health & well-being. Take ‘time out’ each day and go for a walk or do something you find relaxing.

Alcohol can be part of a healthy balanced diet, but only if consumed in moderation. This means no more than two drinks a day. A standard drink is a can or stubbie of mid strength beer (up to 375 ml) or a 30 ml nip of spirits (37 to 40%).

Movember 2012

This year Political Gnomon will be supporting a very important cause which truly aims to change The Face of Men’s Health.

This November, I will be growing a Mo in an attempt to raise money which will be donated 100% to Movember Australia.

To Make a Contribution, To Help Men’s Health, To Be the Change you Want to See and To Make me look silly at work for a Month

follow the link below or Contact me and make a Donation.

Any Contribution Big or Small, Huge or Tiny is Most welcome 🙂

To Donate Electronically to my Movember account


To Donate to Me personally Contact Me through the Link below

Contact Me

Find Out  What We Will Be Fighting For…


  • It is expected 1 in 2 Australian men will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.
  • 1 in 9 men in Australia will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime.
  • Prostate cancer is the second-most common cause of cancer-related death amongst Australian men – each year in Australia, close to 3,300 men die of prostate cancer which is equal to the number of women who die from breast cancer annually.
  • In 2007, testicular cancer was the second most common cancer among young men between 20 and 39.
  • On average, 13 men and 8 women die from lung cancer every day in Australia.
  • Tobacco smoking is the largest single risk factor for lung cancer in Australia, and is responsible for about 90% of lung cancers in males and 65% in females.
  • While not as common, men can get breast cancer. The number of men diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia increased from 62 in 1982, to 103 in 2007.
  • Australia has one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world, at nearly four times the rates in Canada, the US and the UK.
  • The rate of melanoma incidence in Australian men rose by 18.7% between 1993 and 2003.
  • It is estimated that at least one in three cancer cases in Australia can be prevented. Smoking, sun exposure, poor diet, alcohol consumption and inadequate physical activity are significant risk factors, which can be modified.
  • For males, prostate cancer is expected to remain the most common cancer diagnosed in 2020 (25,300 cases), followed by bowel cancer and melanoma of the skin (about 10,800 cases each) and lung cancer (7,500 cases).