Basic Greek tendencies dating back to the ancient Athenians have never left politics - not for a second. We invented Democracy - δημοκρατια means “people” and “force” or “power” - and although that was a major positive, it’s become apparent that a life-long commitment to a variety of Greek concepts continues to plague Australian politics.
The Greeks have many contradictions - I suppose that’s what makes us so unique. History has been both kind and cruel to us. We gave birth to brilliant minds that came up with ideas that have enabled us to be more civilized, to have rights and to have a voice.
The contradiction here lies in the fact that those same brilliant Athenians drifted into departments that were pioneering in a way that more prudish cultures might consider shameful. But let’s not open that can of feta. God, no. Back to the politics of today.
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