Editorial: Rise up, oh chemtrail conspiracy theorists
The story of the chemtrails expert who proposed herself take the reigns of the Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) would be absurd…
The story of the chemtrails expert who proposed herself take the reigns of the Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) would be absurd, if it did not reveal the incredible lightheartedness with which the SYRIZA-ANEL government is handling public affairs. It is also an indicative sample of the quality of a portion of the party officers who are appointed in the state mechanism via the usual processes.
Conspiracy theories have always flourished in our country, more so during the crisis. You may remember how a survey showed that almost a third of Greeks believe the chemtrails conspiracy. It is not strange though that all sorts of absurd or anti-scientific theories are being adopted by the gullible, exhausted and semi-educated. It tragically reflects on the country’s political life that various conspiracy theorists have a political career, while adopting any absurdity they come across on the Internet.
The case of the woman who proposed herself for President of EFET is not an isolated incident. Here are many more, some even in Parliament, who are distinguished, voted for and exercise authority, by investing in all sorts of daftness. When the ministers of left-wing government reach the point where they taking advantage of religious sentiment and the agony of seriously ill fellow people, but accompanying the remains of saints at a hospital, then it is obvious that something is not right in this country.
The trade in hope, passing the buck and conspiracy theories are obviously nothing new. The fact that they flourish in a left-wing government – in contrast to the fundamental values that it is meant to represent – is a clear indication of the decline and irrationality that prevails in the country. It is further proof that the crisis we are experiencing is not just in the economy, but it is much deeper and affects our values and cultural background.