Saturday, November 12, 2011

Good bye Democracy, Hello Technocracy

It just happened this past week: the pressure of the EU, plus banks, plus credit agencies, forced the change of the government of Greece. Also forced the current Prime Minister of Italy, the flamboyantly peculiar cavalieri Berlusconi, to resign and the head of the state just began conversations to nominate a new premier. In neither country, Greece or Italy, to put an end to their legislatures and call for new elections has been even considered. The people has not been allowed to have anything to say about the dire economic situations created by wild running debt and loss of international credit that brought about both resignations.
Not that they did not wanted to express their feelings as, at least in Greece, demonstrations and riots have been going on for weeks since last winter.
But the parties, both in power and those in the opposition, have decided to put up with the changes and postpone any type of polls for some unforeseeable future.
The months ahead will tell us whether these political changes will be enough to appease the nervous markets and comply with the EU requirements before any economic help could be provided.
I do not care much for the economy scenario. I have the feeling it's a circus run by crazy ludopaths addicted to the big game of international financial investments and a few criminal speculators. I see no solution until some those people are shot dead, if at all possible, and the survivors submitted to psychiatric treatment under commitment. Sorry, I cannot foresee other alternative.
And putting the governments in the hands of technocrats does not seem a wise thing either. My feeling, as Clemenceau said about war and the military, the economy of a state is a far too serious matter to be left in the hands of the economists.  
What really worries me is the utterly forsakenness of the exercise of democracy, something to be expected in modern European states and contemplated by all the accords and constitutions constructed in the past decades.
If the phenomenal crisis Greece or Italy are facing now are not enough motive to go to the country in open elections, I do not know what would.
I just hope this scenario is not contagious to some of the other besieged by debt countries...and I'm not pointing to anyone.

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