“The hubris of populist-sophists” (article published at Εleytheros Typos 27.12.2014)
“The hubris of populist-sophists”
Populism is a movement that thrived in the early 20th century in Russia, and since then until today it has become a political tool in the world. A basic advantage is its easy adaptability of the wishes of the crowd. That is to say, if the people ask for extraordinary and unfeasible things, populist politicians immediately respond and proclaim such requests to be granted.It is not significant for them whether the requests are unfeasible or not. It is not important for them whether they would actually implement any of their promises when populists come to power. What is important for them is to seize the power and dominate. Populists resemble ancient sophists, who never believed in the truth, but only in the power of persuading someone by any means rather than aiming for the truth. Plato and Socrates stigmatized this tactics, and became their main opponents. Perhaps today, we should review the matter through these moral eyes of both leading Greek philosophers. That is to fight against the populists – sophists of SYRIZA proposing arguments of Truth policy. The people need to know about the European reality that the sacrifices paid until now is restoring the confidence of the markets in Greece slowly but firmly, by the virtue of the stabilization of the economy and especially of the new programs multibillion-entering to the market for the period 2014-2020 through the adoption of the new NSRF programs. The people have to know that the institutional stability and consciousness is the fundamental precondition for the constitutional balance of a country. The world should recognize the brave efforts made for the benefit and strengthening of their country. And particularly, the Greek MPs need to know what they owe to the Truth, to their arms and to their shields, so that their decision will be much stronger than fear and threats that SYRIZA unleashes everyday. Each form of incrimination, terror of advisory body, shall not happen. The Republic will not be defeated by populism. We will not fall into the misery of sophism. The Republic will emerge stronger through the fight against the abuse of populists- sophists.