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Of Fools, Wickedness, and the “European Florida”

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The America I grew up in is long gone. That luminous dream so many whispered for so long, it became impossible decades ago, if I’m honest. The promised land that was to save the world from tyranny, its metamorphosis produced a regime as terrible as any. Now, the hegemony enters its death spiral, the purveyors of disaster prepare to move on to greener pastures. And Greece will now become “Europe’s Florida.” The cradle of western civilization will be “Europeanized” in due course, but before this, the Anglo-European elites would pave over all of Greek culture.

“Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean Sea.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

I live in Greece. People often ask me why, since the vision of living in the United States is so much preferred by almost everybody in Europe. To this question, I give most people one of 1001 reasons to live and die on Crete island. Few get it, and I wonder how my contemporaries can fail to connect this place to America 50 years ago. Maybe you have to stay here a while? Or, maybe some of us are just born more “Cretan” than others? Whatever the case, it was my love for the people and place that caused my utter shock this morning.

In a world full of mini-shocks every day, reading in The Guardian how Greek officials and professors want to make the country into “Europe’s Florida” put me in panic mode. I’ve written many times about the orchestrated economic crashing of Greece, but even my worst nightmares never revealed Athens, Thessaloniki, Sparta, and the Greek isles as a spoiled paradise in America. There it was, in a headline big as you please; “Greece sees its future as the Florida of Europe.”

“We are all Greeks. Our laws, our........

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