A Greek tragedy


Reading about the details of the Greek case, I cannot help but see many structural and cultural similarities between Greece and Algeria: corrupt politicial and business elite, dismal working ethics at the population level, a completely inefficient not to say non existant taxing system and so on. All observers say that Greece will inevitably default now, but opinions vary as to what this will lead to on the economic level of Greece and also with regards to the Euro project. Personally, I just wonder if (or should I say when?) the same scenario happens to Algeria, who will be able to propose a solution out of the mess (not even talking about what sort of solutions as am sure most will be incredibly hard to implement at that point anyway). The world is becoming an unstable, riot-happy place. I wonder if we will see a surge in the fashion appeal of the Fascist regimes of old in the next few decades….

I keep saying, in Algeria we absolutely need to sort out our working ethics and taxation system, also put in place measures to minimize big business influence on government. It is absolutely imperative. But sadly, seems to fall on deaf ears…even the population does not see the importance of some or all of these things. Worse, we seem to be replicating the consumption-based system of the West!! Sigh.

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I enjoy writing, well communicating to be more precise as writing is somewhat a solitary activity. I tend to think that life is beautiful and interesting but people tend to over-complicate it. I like thinking about people and societies (netfelssaf like we say in Algerian). Apart from that, am relatively begnin.

5 thoughts on “A Greek tragedy

  1. While I sympathise with the Greeks there is something good in seeing a “rich” country go bankrupt. Perhaps this will finally convince the world to change and the North to reconsider its position vs. the South.

    As to Algeria, well we’ve been through a similar scenario in the late 80s and early 90s. Algeria had to agree with the IMF on restructuring the country’s debts in exchange for some tough “reforms” (remember all those workers Ouyahia had fired, all the public companies sold to private owners, etc.) and I believe we would be still in this situation if it weren’t for the oil prices which sky-rocketed this past decade.

    More than fixing our work ethics and taxation we need to get ourselves, the people, involved in our country’s life instead of leaving everything to the rulers.

    • I hope there will come some good out of it too MnarviDz but am not too optimistic, the capitalist ideology is very deeply rooted in most of the world’s major players, I say capitalist ideology but in reality it is more to do with a financial clique who has gained tremendous power and now has governments’ at its mercy. Of course, economy and finance are two different things but often they are conflated.

      You are so right about Algerians needing to get involved in their country, as this is the future for them and their children and grand children. Sadly, I don’t see it happening, until perhaps the West comes crumbling down and even then these countries will do everything to conquer new lands in order to keep themselves afloat and the process is beginning right now.

      Only the fitetst will survive and we are very very far from competition form am afraid and have been for centuries now. We’re not even willing to try.

      • There is an interview of Lakhdar Brahimi in today’s La Tribune. I substituted the UN, its members and the powerful states with Algeria, its people and the rulers in the below excerpt and it still made sense!

        Ce qu’il faut savoir d’emblée est que l’ONU n’est pas le secrétaire général et le secrétariat ou les gens qui, comme moi, ont travaillé pour son compte, mais ce sont les pays membres. Il y a une certaine démission de la part de quelques pays membres qui laissent certains autres dominer l’Organisation. En réalité, les Américains dominent cette Organisation parce qu’on les laisse faire. Si les autres pays se mettaient d’accord, comme c’était le cas dans le temps des non-alignés, les Etats-Unis n’auraient pas pu dominer cette Organisation. En réalité, ce sont les pays membres qui se laissent dominer par les puissants, notamment les membres permanents. Donc, la situation actuelle est une sorte de corollaire de la démission de ces membres, car il suffit seulement de se lever pour dire non pour que les Etats-Unis ne dominent pas cette Organisation.

        Alors, dans ce cas, pourquoi ils se sont laissés faire ?
        La réponse est que chaque pays essaye de régler ses propres problèmes. Et le règlement de ses propres problèmes passe par des relations «correctes» avec ces puissants. Si vous avez besoin, par exemple, d’un prêt de la part de la Banque mondiale, même si la BM est une organisation internationale indépendante, il suffit seulement d’avoir l’accord des Etats-Unis pour bénéficier de ce prêt.

  2. I do not except the definition of captitalism as being a man taking advantage of another man but as a charity giving yourself a good job and giving other people a chance to have a job
    the main obstacle is corruption so the government should make sure the business is not tampering with the scales with out burdening them too much

    • I think capitalism and socialism are fast becoming obsolete concepts. What seems to be happening is that the rich elites have the power to choose whatever system suits their interests. We have seen in the financial cirsis how the banks (private banks) have suddenly become fervent advocates of socialism when it all went pearshaped!

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