Modern Greece: libertarianism’s Pin-up Nation:
In the Television Situation comedy, 30 Rock, the character, Jack Donaghy, played by Alec Baldwin, turned his attention to the Greek Bail out crisis:
“Greece,” he says, “Since inventing democracy, those guys have been… coasting!”
Yet, looked at from another perspective, modern Greece is the pin-up for Libertarianism. Its population exercise a deeply held and long-standing belief that they are better able to spend their money than the Greek State, they are increasingly concerned by the State’s attempts to appropriate an increasing portion of their earnings and are willing to actively resist its efforts to do so. They stand in direct opposition to Big State Government as exercised by Old European socialistic behemoths like Germany. Far from coasting, Modern Greece is blazing a revolutionary trail that America would be foolish to ignore in election year.
Who knows, perhaps in the sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Toula Portokalos will be heard to opine, “America… since failing to elect Ron Paul, those guys have been sort-a coasting.”