I don’t spend much time worrying about politics. I’m too sure we have none. The Greeks are clearly going to default – it’s their way – they’ve done it more than half of the last hundred years. Afghanistan is about to as well. What would interest me is detail about where this money goes. This has fascinated me for 30 years.
For me it’s always been about criminality. Money flown into Afghanistan flew straight out and is proving difficult to find. Banks once engaged in massive forced monopoly schemes and lent to farmers in order to foreclose on good land just before harvest. It now seems none of us worked hard enough, long enough or saved enough. ‘We’, Greek or not, seem to have run up debts, mostly thinking we were earning livings.
If you were a detective on this job, what would you go looking for? Would you start by trying to find out where your neighbour’s stash is? My guess is we’d soon find this an unproductive approach. Our neighbours probably have jack.
It’s easy enough to find explanations that tells us that some ‘bwankers’ what to steal the public sector and turn in into a rent machine. Even Miami Vice has Crockett and Tubbs realise the drugs-machine is just a way of paying bwanks back for their bad loans in South America. And some speculate these rich people are lizards hiding in human skin.
The problem for the detective is that he has to ask himself who he is working for. We’ve been doing this job on trust. They should be able to show us the accounts. Though this can’t help because our elected leaders get to see them. This is a world in which we can’t even track down the money that gets dusted with dye in cash-in-transit robberies.
It’s all Greek to us really.