Guest Viewpoints

The ideology of a class society

We are no longer speaking about indications or suspicion, but rather about official statements and the policy of the Greek government.

Responsible Ministers are emphasizing that the government actions have a “class system” character and that the government’s intention is to take from the “haves” and give to the “have-nots”. A neo-Marxist approach is being expressed – and, even worse, implemented – which aims to divide Greek society into classes and to impose relative fiscal, economic, and even educational measures.

From a theoretical and historical standpoint, it is truly bizarre that something like this is happening in Europe today, and especially in Greece. After 70 years, at the end of the previous century, the communist experiment of class society collapsed in all countries of the then “real socialism”.

Greece itself needed to go through immeasurable destruction and divisions from a civil conflict in order to be able, decades later, to consolidate its democratic institutions and to gradually achieve an economy and a society which are in tune with the way in which the rest of the advanced European family functions.

And yet today there are official voices that wish to restore the social divide of the Greek people by means of theoretical, obsessional discrimination between rich and poor, capital and proletariat, and, ultimately, between “our own” and “the others”.

Despite the government’s claims for implementation of a just social policy, the incentives are self-serving and petty. For there exists a pervasive belief among the circles of the major government partner, that the “have nots” are larger in number and are being favored.

They are frivolously and irresponsibly ignoring the fact that prosperity and social rise are achieved, for the most part, through hard work, ingenuity, and the consistent effort to excel, and not through corruption and favoritism.

With its neo-Marxist approach, the government is injuring private initiative, turning against the urban middle class, cultivating envy and discord, and is deplorably dividing the suffering Greek people. Even worse, it conflicts with the national character of the Greek people who historically, both in their homeland and abroad, have always excelled in conditions which promote initiative and reward the efforts for distinction.

It is ultimately sad that in the home of Pericles today it is not perceivable that what matters is the effort to escape poverty, to reward, and not to reprimand those who honestly and through hard work manage to excel and prosper.

“X” is a former senior policy executive who prefers to remains anonymous.


Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States and the author of the Declaration of Independence, was intimately familiar with classical Greek ideals and culture, which played an important role along with the ideals of the Enlightenment in formulating the principles upon which the American Republic was founded.

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