I want Taki Theodorakopoulos in my life. After reading a column of his (for the first time in my life) on ‘why the Golden Dawn isn’t as bad as that’, this caricature of a libertarian and his pseudo-eloquent, fox news sourced opinions are an antidote to my otherwise dreadful days of doing actual journalism, getting facts and numbers. You know, the kind of thing a “self-made man” like Taki might find tedious, and the fact-checking desk of the Spectator unnecessary. I need for the Specie to keep publishing him. I don’t think I’ll ever find stuff like this anywhere else:
“The stupid one raged against the closing of the state broadcaster ERT, as leftie as the BBC but ten times as bloated and patronage-ridden.”
Here, talking about an International Herald Tribune journalist who dared protest the closing of ERT, he clearly shows how much he despises the state, attacking the left and the BBC at the same time. Such craft. What he is actually saying, is that three TV stations and 7 radios, running at the same time the BBC world Service, Deutsche Welle, RIK and others, with 2.700 people on staff, is “bloated”. And I guess the fact they run a surplus budget for the past five years is also irrelevant. It’s the world of Fox news ladies and gentlemen and this kind of writing, I don’t know how to do. I need Taki to show me.
But let me tell you what I know how to do. I know how to do things like, say, point out that he is not in fact a self-made man as he often proclaims, but rather, the son of a ship-owner and one that allegedly worked with the Greek Junta nonetheless. I would hardly label that “self-made”.
What they didn’t realise of course, is that they just published their very own version of “Hurah for the blackshirts!” just there
What you might not know dear reader, is that Taki is supposed to be a wind-up artist. I suspect the Spectator publishes him because of this “provocative” [sic] tone. What they didn’t realise of course, is that they just published their very own version of “Hurah for the blackshirts!” just there, in one of the “bottom lines”:
“ [The] Golden Dawn members are mostly labourers, martial artists, cops, security personnel and good old-fashioned patriotic Greeks.”
No mr. Taki, I am afraid they’re not that at all. They are a gang that carves 15 year old kids faces with Swastikas because they happen to have darker skin than they do. They carry guns in parliament. The bouncers that make up their Sturmabteilungs, are often caught mixed up in beatings, blackmail, illegal gun and explosives possession, attempted murder and other wonderful patriotic things. And despite their thuggery, they don’t dare to show their faces without police protection anywhere around Athens. That’s how much loved and cherished they are.
“Golden Dawn came into being because of PC, poor Greeks at times getting fewer benefits than African illegal immigrants. Then GD became very popular with certain poor Greeks while it defended them from being mugged by Albanian criminals and drug dealers, and for safeguarding older folk after bank withdrawals.” Again, no facts, just a never-ending stream of pure, unadulterated bullshit. Illegal immigrants never had access to benefits in Greece. The benefits received by Greeks themselves, are nothing worth mentioning either. As for your racist slurs, I won’t go into it. Just let me say this: The story of the old lady the GD helped with her withdrawals etc? She was the mother of a GD parliamentary candidate, placed conveniently in the centre of the story.
I’m afraid you weren’t born to write mr.Taki, and that’s why language leaves you wide open to criticism. I might well be blamed to be humorless and “oh, that’s just Taki”. But I’m not, quite the opposite. I appreciate a good joke, like that where you walked in a meeting with two young women in your arms and you were cheered. What a joke indeed. Since, by now, I’ve found your relationship to the truth to be rather “relaxed”, I feel obliged to pose the question: Did that actually happen? Nieces, cousins, escorts etc don’t count, no cheating now mr.Taki. Is this as true as the Golden Dawn’s patriotism?
I think I know your type. I’ve seen them cohorting with the politicians of PASOK and New Democracy in the 80’s, when they were putting together this monster Greece is, that you so don’t like. I saw you running for favours to “friendly” MPs and ministers. And then, when the going got tough and there was nothing for you there anymore, you turned righteous critic and proclaimed: “The public sector is what sank the Greek economy”. Greece had a smaller public sector than, say, the US before the crisis. It spend less than Germany on its public sector. But does that fit your pseudo-provocative line? No. So no point in including it.
The elite, even the self-perceived as such, are too quick to side with and pardon fascists in times of crisis.
The elite, even the self-perceived as such, are too quick to side with and pardon fascists in times of crisis. Ship-owners are among those suspected of bank-rolling the Greek neo-nazi party, and certainly they do their best to support them and bankers in parliament, when the need arises.
Your supposedly “innocent, tongue-in-cheek” style is nothing but another attempt at this pardoning. That you have a platform that allows you to write with no fact-checking whatsoever is scandalous, but expected. That you use it to support fascists, holocaust-deniers, nazi-saluting bible-bangers, is their own responsibility, and they seem to be taking it lightly. When Greece “needed less communism” in the forties as you say, George Papandreou pardoned those who had collaborated with the Nazis to fight against the EAM, and Britain bankrolled him in order to do so, with full knowledge of what was going on. What a glorious victory for capitalism and freedom it was…
You and your likes, belong to a generation that perfected the art of half-baked truths and pseudo-liberalism, greed-is-good bullshit and “oh this politically correct generation is no fun”, while all the time being in absolute co-operation with political parties and institutions. I said before, I know your type too well because, as opposed to you, I’ve spent most of my life in Greece. And despite the fact the world has been kind enough as to provide you with a first name that so aptly encapsulates your worldview and opinions, I know of another Greek word that describes people like you perfectly, and I’m sure it fits right in with your cherished political incorrectness: Malakas.
*Writer’s note: This version of the article contains no link to Takis’ piece. You can find it on the Spectator’s webpage. Not sending any traffic to it, not now, not ever.