Golden Dawn has become a useful tool in the hands of those who try to equate neo-Nazism with the anti-bailout movement. Walter Benjamin once said that “every fascism is an index of a failed revolution”. In that sense, the election of 21 members of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn to the Greek parliament could be characterised as the revolutionary failure of the century. Progressive forces in Greece have indisputably been unable to stop the wave of neoliberal austerity measures imposed by the “troika” (the IMF, European Central Bank and EU). Leftwing politicians and academics predicted the debt crisis and even proposed radical solutions including default and bank nationalisation – but they failed to mobilise Greek society. Their voice was muzzled by the mainstream media, distorted by government officials and, most importantly, nullified by foolish internal antagonisms. (…) Golden Dawn is also alleged to have close relations with the police. Recent reports have suggested that one in two police officers voted for the party and for several years citizens, journalists and politicians have been condemning its relationship with special riot-control The internet is flooded with pictures and videos of uniformed police working side by side with neo-Nazi thugs throwing stones at demonstrators, union members and even journalists. Now the pro-memorandum forces are once more presenting the theory of extremes. They are trying to equate neo-Nazism with the anti-bailout movement. In their daily rhetoric the austerity imposed on eurozone members is identified with Europeanism and whoever disagrees with that position is either a populist or a fascist. Once more Golden Dawn becomes a useful tool in the hands of the financial and media elites. What they tend to forget is that it was the extremism of the centre that actively promoted the neo-Nazi nightmare in the political geography.
via guardian: The extremism of Greece’s centre ground
- Greece’s Golden Dawn: a dark image of light (dokmz.wordpress.com)