What we have watched unfold over the last five months goes far beyond the petty inadequacies of European politicians and poses a fundamental question to all of us.
What type of society do we want to live in – what type of world view do we want our children to inherit?
The Greeks have been subject to a harsh lesson. Freedom exists only in so far as you do not test its limits. Stay within the prescribed limits and you can have the illusion that you are free. Attempt to step over the boundary and feel the sting of the lash.
Society is one of those BIG words (as Cameron abused it) but basically society is a structural and functional arrangement that reflects the norms, values and mores of the individuals within it. Democratic society governs this arrangement by way of the will of the majority – imperfect but better than the alternatives. That is why the shifting of values of individuals within the population is of such fundamental importance to those who wish to change the nature of the society in which we live. The triumph of neo-liberal ideology is that it has mastered the art of shifting the baseline of popular opinion so much better than those of us who are merely ineffectually liberal minded and tolerant.
“Worms of the world unite and turn.” Maybe lacks something as a rallying cry but it is where we’re at. Further more worms are good, honest and useful creatures.