Oct 282014
 

“German strategy”
Initial numbers, with no contest are impressive from the start: Germany the country “model” for today’s dominant European politics, Germany of the successful Merkel and Soimple, is at the verge of recession. Owning the 28,5% of the European wealth, any fact of growth retroversion would have been transferred to a new kind of European recession, the third within five years period. Even if the experts maintain that this is a technical foreseen problem and can be easily resolved, for the Old Albion – which just started healing from the 2009 economic crisis wounds, and still carries marks from the 2011 debt crisis – it can be a very painful strike, unexpected for, and difficult to heal fast and immediately. So what the numbers are saying? The German “railroad” from this summer there on, suffers a worrying decline in industrial production, cutbacks and step backs in demand and exportation, whilst the numerical negatives of August 2014 is comparable to the one in February 2009, when the world economic crisis hit Europe. What is the cause of this predicament? It is the decline of a generally globalized economy due to markets reduction, from two major buyers, namely China and Russia, that contribute daily in the today’s international market. Those two economic giants buy less German oriented products. This fact alone spreads a controlled worry amongst the economic moguls, about Europe’s rote. Because if Germany is hold back, then it is certain that neither France nor Italy, the other two European top economic powers, will be able to lead a cure for the economic crisis. In terms of philosophy or mentality if you wish, Germany has a great ally: itself. It is the only country that realized at an early stage that the new form of dynamic and creative exports goes through innovation. Realizing that, changing the global economic market standards with globalization which practically meant that Europe stopped having the monopoly of some “own” products towards developing countries since those are self sufficient today, Germany was fast to invest in innovation, so its new innovative products, mainly in modern technology, became necessary and popular worldwide. And that is what will do again. Its society infrastructures are ready for some time now for these type of situations that need fast corrective actions. But still, even for a short while, the decline in German production speed that translates to a mini recession is enough to worry Europe and the markets. Within this context many and mainly leftwing oriented European political powers, (among them our own official opposition)will be discreetly enjoyed because they’ll believe that finally !!! the wounded Germany, will become more sympathetic towards its European partners. My opinion is that they are wrong to believe such a thing. It would be a strategic mistake to view the German mi recession as weakness in their philosophy and as the key point so they can be justified as “leftist preachers” of the economic law, so the “rightists” liberals of globalization will be goddamned. It will be (and they are already doing it in their analyses) for serious strategic analysis mistake. This Marxist “class” diagnosis cannot be valid in today’s stabilized economy. Germany might overspend a bit on investments, but it will modernize and adapt very fast to global needs for its infrastructures. Still keep in mind: Germany is not abandoning its dogma of a balanced government budget. It is not the war in Ukraine, or the problems of countries in Europe’s south that will convice Berlin for a change in strategy. Even if it exhibits economic understanding to French or Italian budgets, or shows tolerance for the difficulties in Greece or Portugal, even then Germany will continue to insist on continuing the reforms in Europe. And this because it foresees that through them will strengthen the innovation necessary for Europe to become competitive once more on a global level. If Germany becomes more flexible, it will be for the benefit of the European central Bank, where Mr. Mario Draghi will be assisted in buying counties’ public debts, thus to devaluate Euro.
In any case the general outline of the German economic politic, Volfang Soimple’s totem, will remain unchanged. Reduction of European debts as a long term strategy.
Demosthenes Davvetas

My article, which was published in kyriakatiki Elefterotypia,  Sunday  26th October titled:
"German strategy" 
Initial numbers, with no contest are impressive from the start: Germany the country “model” for today’s dominant European politics, Germany of the successful Merkel and Soimple, is at the verge of recession.  Owning the 28,5% of the European wealth, any fact of growth retroversion would have been transferred to a new kind of European recession, the third within five years period. Even if the experts maintain that this is a technical foreseen problem and can be easily resolved, for the Old Albion – which just started healing from the 2009 economic crisis wounds, and still carries marks from the 2011 debt crisis – it can be a very painful strike, unexpected for, and difficult to heal fast and immediately. So what the numbers are saying? The German “railroad” from this summer there on, suffers a worrying decline in industrial production, cutbacks and step backs in demand and exportation, whilst the numerical negatives of August 2014 is comparable to the one in February 2009, when the world economic crisis hit Europe. What is the cause of this predicament? It is the decline of a generally globalized economy due to markets reduction, from two major buyers, namely China and Russia, that contribute daily in the today’s international market. Those two economic giants buy less German oriented products. This fact alone spreads a controlled worry amongst the economic moguls, about Europe’s rote. Because if Germany is hold back, then it is certain that neither France nor Italy, the other two European top economic powers, will be able to lead a cure for the economic crisis. In terms of philosophy or mentality if you wish, Germany has a great ally: itself. It is the only country that realized at an early stage that the new form of dynamic and creative exports goes through innovation. Realizing that, changing the global economic market standards with globalization which practically meant that Europe stopped having the monopoly of some “own” products towards developing countries since those are self sufficient today, Germany was fast to invest in innovation, so its new innovative products, mainly in modern technology, became necessary and popular worldwide. And that is what will do again. Its society infrastructures are ready for some time now for these type of situations that need fast corrective actions. But still, even for a short while, the decline in German production speed that translates to a mini recession is enough to worry Europe and the markets. Within this context many and mainly leftwing oriented European political powers, (among them our own official opposition)will be discreetly enjoyed because they’ll believe that finally !!! the wounded Germany, will become more sympathetic towards its European partners. My opinion is that they are wrong to believe such a thing. It would be a strategic mistake to view the German mi recession as weakness in their philosophy and as the key point so they can be justified as “leftist preachers” of the economic law, so the “rightists” liberals of globalization will be goddamned. It will be (and they are already doing it in their analyses) for serious strategic analysis mistake. This Marxist “class” diagnosis cannot be valid in today’s stabilized economy. Germany might overspend a bit on investments, but it will modernize and adapt very fast to global needs for its infrastructures. Still keep in mind: Germany is not abandoning its dogma of a balanced government budget. It is not the war in Ukraine, or the problems of countries in Europe’s south that will convice Berlin for a change in strategy. Even if it exhibits economic understanding to French or Italian budgets, or shows tolerance for the difficulties in Greece or Portugal, even then Germany will continue to insist on continuing the reforms in Europe. And this because it foresees that through them will strengthen the innovation necessary for Europe to become competitive once more on a global level. If Germany becomes more flexible, it will be for the benefit of the European central Bank,  where Mr. Mario Draghi will be assisted in buying counties’ public debts, thus to devaluate Euro.
In any case the general outline of the German economic politic, Volfang Soimple’s totem, will remain unchanged. Reduction of European debts as a long term strategy.
Demosthenes Davvetas
Oct 252014
 

My article, which was published in Elefteros Typos today at 23 October
The revolution of Traditions

Since a year ago, in regular time intervals, apublished ever increasing number of people, is protesting in French cities, under the name, “Protest for Everyone”. It is a diverse congregation of people, particularly strong and fighting, despite the hard policing methods of dealing with them, by the socialist government. Main demand of this movement is the defense of eternal cultural values, among which are the concept of family and the nation. As their opponents they point to the progressives who call them ‘extremists’, ‘religious fanatics’ and other names in the same spirit. However, the main claim of this conscious crowd is not either party oriented, or political ideology. It is above all the need to avoid dispersing the society nucleuses such as society. For them progress is not connected to dispersive of values. It is not an annihilating totalitarianism. Does not mean indifferent neutrality as boundaries of the either silent or loud condemn of historical, cultural, religious or national symbolisms. It is barbarically unjust, to watch young and grown men and women of different political and cultural origins to demand the maintenance of old values and for that to be called, scotadists, reactionaries, conservative. The communist skepticism, at the border of an all out merchandising, leads society, in a ‘progressive’ decline, like the one we live in today, with the youth deprived of proper education, and citizens deprived of culturally. The “progress” of “relativeness” drives to value nihilism. The “Protest for Everyone” is a quiet resistance against this nihilism. It attempts to guard basic human values. “We abandon nothing” shouts the crowd, and their decisiveness is obvious. It is a post modern social movement where evolution and traditional values must be in synergy and not in conflict. This movement does want to lose institutional foundations of civilization, does not want the dismantling of family and nation. It believes in their roots and not in the nomadic way or to the abolition of borders. Although they are not supported by the official political parties, in fear that they might be called “politically anorthodox”, they are however expressing the agony of citizens’ identity questions. The identity issue as an existence question is therefore entering the movement as a main issue. Who are we culturally speaking? Where are we going to? How we survive the heat of globalization? Those are amongst others the main questions/issues of this revolution of tradition, which slowly and steadily paves its own way without help or guidance from the official political parties. Without the assistance of the political elite and the media, this crowd enforces its silent resistance against the bulldozing of an ill perceived communist progressiveness.
Demosthenes Davvetas

Oct 212014
 

My article,which was published in Kyriakatiki Elefterotypia at 19th October titled:

“Strategic error”
Few days ago the French Defence Minister requested a military intervention in Libya. Suddenly it hit me: isn’t that what happened 3 years ago? Didn’t they intervene, the Westerners, with Sarkozi’s France in leadership role to violently remove Kantafi and reestablish Democracy in the country? What is the point of a second intervention? Common logic suggests that something went amiss with the first one. Still though, Kantafi was ousted, lynched, his system felled apart and power was seized by the Muslim guerillas, the ones that west supported. Once in power what did they do? Exactly what the jihadists know. Murders, crimes, enforced theological laws, plots, and everything else except the establishment of democratic institution. Similar to what happened in Iraq as well, where there is a central government but mst of the country is taken over by Islam fanatics and civil war is a reality. Still, over there the Us this time went over to remove dictator Sadam and establish democracy. Something similar almost happened in Syria whereas the ”West” again, was targeting Assad, and wanted to dismantle the dictatorship and establish democracy. In this case Assad remained but a huge part of the country is taken over by Islam fanatics, with whom also a civil war is going on. In all three occurrences western politics was wrong. A dangerous mistake, which, threatens the geopolitical balance of the area. Kantafi, Sadam and Assad never were enemies of the West. They had renounced terrorism, (Kantafi had actually compensated his victims), the had renounced the use of nuclear weapons, (Kantafi again had brought to light, a dangerous nuclear deal of the Pakistani scientist A.F. Khan), they had gone against, just as the Egyprtian Mumbarac, Islam terrorists, they were stopping the immigrant trafficking between South Sahara and Mediterranean, and in general they were in good terms with the West. It wasn’t them that beheaded hostages, or massacre Jewish youths, in the Toulouse synagogue, or that put the killer bombs in the Paris subway. The ones that did the above are those that one sided proclaimed war on western values . these ones are fanatic Muslims. And it is wrong political strategy of French, British and US, who in the name of their “anti-dictatoric” rhetorical, anp political practice, destroyed three countries. Sometimes is better a westernly sympathizer dictator than a barbarian jihadist. We cannot discuss about democracy with ones that refuse it on ideological, philosophical, institutional and practical levels. Maybe dictators such as Kantafi, Saddam, and Assand tobe opponents, but they are not enemies, at least in today’s political reality. Proper political action would be to reestablish relations with these countries, and pardon their mistakes as it has happened with Saudi Arabia. Good intentions should not be confusing opponents with enemies, the enemy today is only one: jihadism with all the possible facades in its globalixed dimension.

Demosthenes Davvetas

Oct 172014
 

“Marx and Allah”

The jihadists in Kurdish Kompani, keep on going despite the US airstrikes. They are not afraid. At the same time through the disclosures of hostage decapitations, they utilize internet and media to transfer a sense of fear to Western world that is discovering that Islam proclaimed war against them. The original notion that these barbaric actions of the jihadists
Were isolated occurrences was abandoned so now European and US newspapers deal with the issue on their cover pages. By taking a look at the Islamist geographical map it depicts that as many as 15 jihadist units are corroborating in their respective locations and act murderously in the name of Allah. Kill and torture in his name. How did we get to this? How hate threatens logic? So far this phenomenon was dealt with utilizing Marxist analyses such as “all religions as peoples’ opium are violent in their initiation”, “Islam hasn’t progressed as it should have”, although numerous efforts took place decades ago, or even that “those countries populous is poor”, so the economic degradation leads to fanatics. In particular the last arguments that are based on poverty as cause for extremism or rejection leading to terrorism, could have been accepted if the jihadist main core was young abandoned poor illiterates, deprived, something reminiscent of modern Muzhiks. But they are not. Most of them, the Islam’s leadership are university students in their countries, (usually born in a Western country) and quite capable of utilizing with dexterity the secrets of communication, mass psychology, IT, and strategy. Their hits are characterized by precision and tactical methods. This realization upsets all the Marxist oriented socializing analyses of the economic factor and points as cause of this barbaric behavior, spiritual, cultural and religion issues. They are possessed by religious fanatism. When in their declaration that they are the only faithful ones and whoever is different is an infidel and as such they should suffer and eliminated, then hate becomes a theological issue. Which is actually the opposite of the Love that Islam preaches? This lack of love, is lack of love to fellow humans and themselves as well. It is hate to fellow humans and to their own shelves. It is an externalized indifference towards history and civilization. It is lack of self respect that mathematically leads to self destruction

Demosthenes Davvetas

Oct 152014
 

“Revolution in the Tropics?”

When Hong Kong changed ownership an pasted to China from British rule, most of its residents were worried of the consequences of changing their democratic culture. Being aware of the Chinese mentality, not so friendly towards the institutions of a modern representative democracy, they presented numerous demands, one of which was democratic reforms. So great was the pressure places, that Beijing accepted the institution of elections, which although they were promised to be held in 2012, kept postponing them for 2017. The Chinese strategic logic is known: since they could not understand the political sensitivities of the Hong Kong residents (which deep down they disagree with) they are buying time through postponements and delays of the agreements. At the same time the Hong Kong economic ties with mainland China are increasing. This way through a strategy of economic dependence they believe that they can interfere and control democratic reforms. That’s why although they accepted to allow elections to take place, but the candidates must be approved by Beijing which will check their “patriotism”. This type of compressed politics that was enforced in Tibet produced very disheartening results, does not appear to be as prominent in the case of Hong Kong. Its citizens are facing serious problems after their British chapter of their lives: expensive housing, reduced construction activity, ever growing distance between the high and middle class, shortage of personnel in schools, hospitals, and every type of societal problems. For the ever increasing dissatisfaction, Hong Kong residents, keep as responsible the “mainlanders” as they refer to Chinese, who by their abundant use of their wealth are set to destroying everything. It cannot be seeing as coincidence that Hong Kong newspapers often blame them through phrases such as «tourists obstetrique», meaning the multitude of mainland women who travel to Hong Kong to give birth and thus obtain residents’ visa. In their cartoons they depict a huge circle (symbolizing China) to menacing the port city. On the other side, a Chinese academic named the Hong Kong residents “bastards”-“traitors” that served like dogs the British occupation.
Such a dispute that hides internal economic and cultural differences cannot but lead to dynamic reactions: besides the constant insults every year on June 4th, Hong Kong residents by the tenth of thousands light candles in Victoria Park, to keep alive the memory of Tiananmen Square insurrection.
The epitome presented itself in the last days where thousands of protestors holding umbrellas moved into the city center and in addition to protesting slogans against the Chinese authorities they captured it. Such a situation, not in line with communist mentality, brought in violent confrontations with the police. However the protestors not only they do not badge, their numbers are exponentially increasing on a daily basis. One of the symbolisms they are using is super market carts filled with bottled water, sodas, biscuits, spaghetti etc.. It is a way of showing that they intent to stay there. Also they use umbrellas of any size in black or yellow colors. The umbrella besides its usage for rain or sunshine it’s also effective in tear gas, or pepper spray used by the police. A peaceful but determined to last resistance that will not be subdued easily or quickly. What are the Chinese authorities options against this increasingly “uncontrollable” situation?
Use of force will result in international upraise. They do not want that. So what remains is use the time factor and let it faint. Without appearing to back down, definitely will be accepting some small adjustments hoping that in time the “umbrella movement” will weaken. The only certain thing is the virus of democracy has already affected and continuous to spread in Hong Kong’s middle class. From the moment that the opposition achieved a name and a character, it will gain the characteristics of rebellion. It’s been treated as the beginning of a history. And that fact is a puzzle for Beijing, which appears not to have decided how to deal with this situation. How to break this anti Chinese front that every passing day grows and becomes more dangerous.
Demosthenes Davvetas
University Professor, artist, poet
Advisor to the Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, on culture

Oct 132014
 

Yesterday an event was held at Greek Embassy . The event honored for the Hotel Costa Navarino. I had the honor to be invited with my daughter Miss Ifinoh Davveta and Mrs Eleni Kostopoulou.

 

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Oct 132014
 

” AGAINST DISTRUST”
The Prime Ministers’ incentive for a vote of confidence, as well as the initiation of negotiations, about Presidential elections in February, are inextricably connected. They are based on concrete fundamental principle of Democracy: the support of citizens’ trust.
Trust is the element that all human transactions are based on. Just in thepossibility of losing this trust, words, thoughts, ideas, actions, also decisions, seem fake, just as an empty shirt, as the poet Yiorgos Seferis would have said. When in an emotional association, professional or personal, there is suspicion, nothing goes forward, and everything remains plainly static.
And instead of pleasure and joy of synergy there is dissatisfaction and the sadness of distrust. Something similar occurs in politics as well.
Trust is essential for the citizen – government synergy to work and to advance..
Distrust as a philosophical thought was introduced to Western civilization mainly by Nitse, who used his philosophical hammer in action, and subjected to his critical grinder all the traditional values of cultural ideals. His action was picked and continued by Marx and Freud whereas the first was distrustful towards the bourgeois and the second towards the appearing of the soul’s health. This distrust in 20th century till our days was elevated to the dimension of suspicion. We live in a society of suspicion. We suspect everything and everybody. We are suspicious by definition. We do not escape the suspicion boundaries as to be constantly distrustful. That, as logical as it may sound and for most even realistic, inside it hides the tendency for self punishment, the willing self deprivation of joy, it hides the lack of true warm human relations.
Transferring the above syllogism on the Prime Minister’s dilemma, then it’s easily understood that he renounces distrust and operates with his mind focused on the benefits of a smooth operating Democracy.
Searches trust within the government and among citizens as well, ascertaining to show to society through the positive actions’ realizations, that he keeps the country’s best interest at heart. Only when knowing one’s self well, and only then you can have productive and constructive communication.
Socrates taught us this well. And it appears that the Prime Minister has absorbed this message. His actions aim to solidify the governing body and at the same time to show to society that hardships make you stronger, that hardships can forge strength to citizen’s as they are able to contribute in an energetic and healthy way to the country’s wellbeing aside and beyond the popularize and election seeking of SYRIZA.
Above all for the beneficial outcomes of all the sacrifices that citizens are subject to for the benefit of Democracy

Demosthenes Davvetas

Oct 132014
 

“Politics and reality”

If something was lost in the political life of this country, mainly since 1981 onwards, is its equilibrium relevance to reality. The crisis we are going through in the last years is the epitome of this unbalance. The political lie that citizens so often refer to, is the result of the growing distance from what is called reality and of that that we got accustomed to call reality.
Amongst the necessary measures that have to be taken by Politics and those that have been taken, the lying dynamic often barred useful decision condemning government action to oblivion. This, as a direct result of the Politics being occupied, in party tactics, personal and ideological bubbles, instead of focusing on the true reality that the country needs.
The demystification of the lies and hypocrisies are common symptoms of a problem, whereas the “proper” or “political correct” replaced the truthiness of real.
And is exactly the above attitude that drove the degradation of school education, increase in youth violence, devaluation of values and finally apathy. The educational and economic dead ends, lack of values in youth, the relativity of all values, constant diminishing of stereotypes, that with constant violence destroys the archetypes, which we so badly need as points of reference, lead to ever growing chasm between citizens and Politics. Someone listening the day to day life, listening to the majority of politicians speaking, will realize that political words lost their value. As if everyone lives in a different reality within their own country.
Many will argue that responsibility lies to every government so far. There is a truth in that, although generalizations burry noticeable exceptions. Once more I have to make a point that responsibility rest as much an the opposition parties as well. If you always are negative, by definition, you disagree to everything a government does, you never admit to a single issue which is abnormal, and then you carry the responsibility of blocking any positive undertaking. I would even dare say that opposition parties’ role in destroying our political culture is vast. That has to stop too and politics to regain its proper and honest relationship with reality. Against the stress experienced by the youth (no jobs, no cultural points of reference) lining in a mutated by the crisis society, who incur the laws of globalization as if they are the disinherited victims of worldwide commercialization, against those who lost faith in both present and future, we need a new political language from both ends of the political spectrum. New faces are needed without the twisted conception of everyday reality. Quite the opposite, the new faces need a balanced relation so the words and actions of citizens and politicians will mean exactly the same thing. Only then the politic will receive the podium it deserves, the one it had on its birth time, as expressed by Aristotle. The ability of perfect equilibrium between speech, wish and action.
Demosthenes Davvetas
University Professor, artist, poet
Advisor to the Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, on culture

Oct 042014
 

“Civilization and SYRIZA”

One fast reading of SYRIZA’s proposals on civilization issues and becomes obvious that the reference axis of the proposal is the additional empowerment of the Civil Sector, as well as the permanent accusation of the capitalist businesspersons. Starting with a pompous accusation of the “united point of view” which as the “cultural imperialism” of US, enforces the “leadership of a globalized trading of culture”, is obvious that points as enemies the globalization and the bad capitalistic consumerism. How, else would be possible to avoid the hurting of particular national and area civilizations? Through the empowerment of the Civil Sector, which in all possible artistic expressions, will play the role of the protector.
As if art and creativity need “protectors” to bloom!
As if, the Civil sector bureaucracy, will contribute, in freeing the artist’s inspiration.
Allow me to laugh out loud and indecently for the above statements.
Art, and every expression of creativity in general, was never evolved through the Civil sector auspices.
On the contrary, they were evolved always within conditions of free expressions, solitude, and dialogism with private persons and businessmen. Gallery owners and collectors are the ones that financed giants like Picasso, Dali, Miro, Dusab Boys, Warhall, Bacon, Bazelists, Kiefer, just to mention a few representatives of the word’s artistic family.
All masterpieces from Picasso’s Guernica to Boys’s “greasy chair” or Dusab’s “lonely machine” were realized by the care nad interest of individuals whom personal passion was combined with their gesture of funding them.
I could, possibly, refer to examples and paradigms from literature, theater, movies, dancing, etc. when masterpieces in these areas were realized by the undertaking of individual sponsors.
Personal taste and preference can create masterpieces. Civil Sector taste creates monstrosities. Like the ones created by social realism and the Soviet which, like Hitler so this one, with Stalinism eliminated geniuses as Malevitch, Popova, and other of the Russian suprematism, just because they were individualist creators and not civil servants.

Civil sector is the enemy of art. Art’s friend, its solid ground, is the need of innovation. This can only take place in a free market where businessmen can fund and sponsor the creation of masterpieces. Gagotzian, Verner, Ments, and so many other gallery owners known the world over, and with them great collectors such as Dr. Max, and others, are the ones who through their personal entreneurship and passion supported and keep on constantly supporting the art, through their amazing and rare collections, they pay for, contributing this way to civilization’s blooming.
The total of art history is a history of uncontrollable passion between the businessman/collector and the art object. There wouldn’t be any artist such as Jefff Kouns, Georg Bazelits, Jan Michel Baskia, if not for their sponsors, such as Bruno Bisofburger, or Michael Verner, who funded their art and their most spectacular productions.
There is no other Way in art but the unique bonding of businessman-artist-artifact. Any other venue that goes through civil sector makes employee artists, bureaucrats and definitely never genius. The civil sector can create infrastructures and that only in special occasions since today the best museums are operating only in collaboration with businesspersons. In the Louvre for example the majority belongs to private individuals. The museum is doing great without deviation from any cultural boundary.
Let SYRIZA understand that their proposal package is lesser, as is their lack of methodology for realizing the cultural outwardness they proclaim. For that, though, another subject to be dealt with, in another article

Demosthenes Davvetas

Oct 022014
 

 THE COMPETION OF AMNISIAC IDENTITY.
The subject of freedom, a very precious and desired, for humanity, became an issue of contradiction among the right and left wing idealisms.
The right wing places its emphasis from within the its philosophical structure that is named liberalism. It’s a spherical perception of life, which touches the aesthetic, ideology, economy, morality and in general whatever issue concerns the human liberation.
Primary target of liberalism is the development of personality, and self knowledge of the human being, through competition and constant invention. Thus the human is able to acquire the conscience of a creative freedom, which composes tradition and ingenuity in everyday life and way of thinking.
The left wing commences from the philosophy of “distrust” against traditions, and anything in regard to national issues and given points of cultural reference. Believing as well in innovation and breakthroughs, the left in the name of revolution denies values that are considered conservative and identifies progress and evolution with the breaking of the conservative and traditional past.
The meaning of freedom for the left is this constant confrontation with the conservative past. Both the left and the liberal element are derivatives of modern thought, the modernism.I could argue that among other issues two philosophical backgrounds.
First one is Nitse’s “hammer” philosophy, breaking traditions. Far from the philosopher’s indent they adopted his theory, both the barbaric right extremists and the social populistic left extremists.
Second one is Hegel’s dialectic for the state –also far from the philosopher’s indent – that the Marxist communism and fascism are based upon.
As long the capitalist right remained within the boundaries of constant innovative supply (for survival reasons), the anti-conservative left, proclaimed a post modern nihilistic interpretation of Nitse, coming in contrast of the Western civilization’s basic values.
By deducing from Western civilization the cultural references (classic Hellenistic education, Enlightment, Bible) the reference points are diminished and freedom from creation becomes egotism in anarchy, individualism in anarchy, and cynical relevance of all moral values.
Western society is a composition of ideas from Russo, Kant’s morals and the Stoics, under the ever watching spirit of its creators, Plato and Aristotle.
If you put everything in relevance claiming all is point of view and that there are not standard values, then you easily provide grounds in the barbarous nationalism or the fanatic theocracy with the known crimes or even to the fascist communal where every society competes with perseverance of their “truth” to the other societies, in the most vulgar way.
After the totalitarianism during WWII, today we we are subject in another of totalitarianism, the one of forced differential and forced relevance.
In the name of difference, the multiplism and variety, all of which were promoted as countermeasure for nationalistic extremism, the indifference of neutrality and the amnesiac identity were born.
These age merciless and destroy people’s identity menories.
The multiculturalism and the relevance of values suggested by the modern left wing it exacerbates rather than solves the identity issues.
Exacerbation is weakness. Modern society as depicted by Russo is based on Society’s Contract. That includes all citizens, maintaining their differentiality but at the same time including them in society’s general identity. Thus everybody and everything are treated with the isometric analogy and space required based on the law, civil rights and obligations.
However we should not confuse the equal (analog) spacing, with the relevance of everything that leads to denial of everything in the name of so called progress.
Freedom does mean constant relevance but a creative bridge of delivering and innovating values of the past with the foster leadership of present and future.
Freedom is not nihilism, where the modern leftist are threaten to drive society

Demosthenes Davvetas
University Professor, artist, poet
Advisor to the Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, on culture.

Oct 022014
 

Last night (30.09.2014)  a dinner was held at Azzedine Alaia’s house, organized by Apple to onor the famous Australian designer Marc Newson, who designed the new Apple “ iwatch”.
The dinner honored with their presence personalities such as Mick Jagger, the famous architect Jean Nouvel, Luz Casal ( Pedro Almodóvar’s muse) and Jack Lang eith his spouce. I had the honor to be seated next to Jean Nouvel.

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1. JEAN NOUVEL – DEMOSTHENES DAVVETAS
2. JEAN NOUVEL – MARC NEWSON -WIFE OF JEAN NOUVEL- AZZEDINE ALAIA – DEMOSTHENES DAVVETAS

Oct 022014
 
 October 2, 2014