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Posted by on Dec 6, 2012 in International, Politics, Race, Religion | 4 comments

Greek schools ‘fertile ground for neo-Nazis’

Greek schools ‘fertile ground for neo-Nazis’ (via AFP)

Schools in crisis-hit Greece are proving fertile ground for Golden Dawn, the neo-Nazi group suspected of orchestrating attacks on migrants whose popularity is on the rise, anti-racism activists warn. Once a secretive group on the fringe of Greek politics, Golden Dawn picked up over 400,000 votes in…

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  • slamfu

    The last time Nazi’s were in power the world banded together to annihilate them. What makes them think they have a better shot a second time around even if they could expand their ranks enough to have that much influence? Poor Greece, having significant numbers of Nazi’s around is only going to make life rougher.

  • Bad economies breed this sort of thing. The greater the feeling of hopelessness, the greater the attraction of hate groups. This is why the PRIMARY focus should be economic growth across ALL RUNGS of society, and not just the friends of the group in power.

    It could happen here, folks.

  • zusa1

    I’ve posted this article before regarding cronyism.

    “The worst consequence of crony capitalism is political. The more a system is dominated by cronies, the more it generates resentment. To maintain consensus, the insiders must distribute privileges and subsidies—and the more they dole out, the greater the demand becomes.”

    “Traditionally, the U.S. has enjoyed a relatively honest democracy and transparent form of capitalism, which encouraged robust economic growth and contained the hunger for entitlements. This is less and less true. The U.S. tax code is filled with loopholes and special exemptions. Political connections increasingly count more than innovative ideas; young entrepreneurs often learn to lobby before they learn how to run a business.

    Seven out of the 10 richest counties in the U.S. are in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., which produces little except rules and regulations. Even worse, the slow growth and decreased social mobility of the last decade have damaged the free market’s reputation as a creator of prosperity.”

  • Willwright

    Barky, I agree this usually happens when economies are bad. Its more of a problem in Europe right now but your right it could happen here. If things in Europe don’t improve or perhaps get even worse there is a risk the far right could grow and perhaps win some elections. What makes it potentially even more dangerous is that a lot of the followers of these groups in Europe are young people and more capable of violence. I have a harder time seeing this happen here but if things got bad enough we would likely have similar problems. The next couple of years could be critical and unfortunately I don’t think the economic outlook in Europe or for the world in general is very rosy. Let’s hope things do improve and these groups fade away. If not the world could have a real problem on its hands in a few years.

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