I I think that the hundreds of years of foreign occupation have created a deeply held (DNA?) attitude to outwitting 'the system' and it's going to take more than a few Troika inspectors to shift it.
Kouti is absolutely right. Most of the (older) Greeks I know have this communal mindset, a shared understanding that “we” need to steal a march on the “them” who are in charge.
If the tax inspectors arrive in our locality, say 25 km away, the bush telegraph ensures that by the time they get to us, anything dodgy has been spirited away and every customer is being seen to get a receipt.
I don’t sense the same attitude, though, among the younger people. I think that the huge changes brought about by the electronic revolution have created a different outlook among younger Greeks and there is a real possibility that Greece can move towards a new socio-political model.
Not at the moment, though, while the old guard still hold sway. We need to get rid of the old Pasok/ND axis with their tainted history of patronage. clientism, and corruption. It will happen: their days are clearly numbered. Look at the age profiles of voters in the last elections – the young overwhelmingly were for Syriza.
Syriza needs its chance to establish a new order, and will almost certainly get it before the year is out. I don’t say that with a great deal of confidence: as a party it’s barely coherent and completely untried.
But if they start off on lines that Tsipras has indicated, by going, seriously, for the big fish; if they show that cheating the state, by the rich, will no longer be tolerated…then maybe we can start moving towards a fairer and more honest society.