Greece, clues and lies

Many can’t seem to figure out what is going on in Greece.  For example, Chris Blattman finds Stathis N. Kalyvas’s analysis wanting:

Why is Athens Burning?

In essence, Stathis argues that social norms govern acceptable behavior, and a perverse set has been allowed to settle upon Greece. It’s an appealing theory, but one that has not been popular back home (judging, he says, by the angry hate mail).

To help anyone who doesn’t get it,  I’ve downloaded this visual guide below:


And just in case that wasn’t clear enough there is this, (see this excellent site for more):


Or perhaps this:


And if you need written accompanment to confirm that yes it is the symbols of conspicuous consumption they were attacking just look at this:


These are all called clues.

But what is most telling is the endless procession of news stories that claim that peace has been restored to Athens.  This one from the BBC is telling, posted just last night:


Calm has returned to the Greek capital, Athens, after eight consecutive days of rioting sparked by the shooting dead by police of a 15-year-old boy.

Youths threw petrol bombs on Saturday night at the police station where the officer charged with the murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos was based.

Students are planning a protest on Monday outside the police headquarters.

I like that story because within the headline it manages to try twice to state that the riots are over, once with the verb “returns” and then again with the preposition “after.” So it qualifies for a ‘sideways adjective’ award.  (Yes, I am aware this headline didn’t strictly use a sideways adjective, but the first winner of the sideways adjective award used an adjective, so that’s the name of the award.)  Of course, the writer gives away the fact that this statement is not based in fact because the third sentence of the story states that “Students are planning a protest on Monday outside the police headquarters.” Ok, so tell me Mr BBC, are the riots over or is the protest continuing tomorrow?

The question then becomes, exactly why is the BBC trying to place these riots in the past when the exist in the present and will probably exist in the future, too?  Is it because the BBC represents part of the power structure that does not want to see the root causes of the riots addressed?

And if, after the above pictures, you still would like to read about the reasons look right here.

Greece, clues and lies

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