The chaos in Greece is a fascinating demonstration of what happens when the utterly corrupt and the patently stupid work together, and then against each other. Much like American politics, everyone is so busy taking sides that they forget both sides are wrong.
On one side are the Greeks, specifically their incompetent government and delusional voters. Greece has been so mismanaged by its government for decades that it’s comical, with the spending and debt being staggering in its vastness.
Here are just a few items. They spent $10-15 billion that they didn’t have just for the Athens 2004 Olympics. They have a massive, government run train system that constantly runs near-empty trains. Hundreds (if not thousands) of Greeks pretend that they’re blind so they can get EU welfare checks. When Greece initiated a tax on swimming pools, thousands of Greeks used big tents to cover up their swimming pools so they wouldn’t have to pay the tax, while still screaming for government pensions and/or welfare checks. Amazingly, the government-supported pension retirement age in Greece was 58(!) up until 2007. And get this: in the late 90s, the socialists passed a law that a member of parliament can’t be prosecuted for any crime while serving in office(!). Haha! On and on the stupidity goes.