by Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.
“L’homme est né libre, et partout il est dans les fers.” (“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.”)
This was Rousseau gloriously proclaiming the first mystery of democracy: Being democratic means being in fetters. Most of the time financial fetters. Therefore, the most democratic human being is the one with the heaviest economic debt.
From this perspective Greeks (who are definitely in good company with the modern Romans) prove themselves again to be very democratic folks! And really, Europe in general is still a very democratic place. Continue Reading