Unintended Meanings of the Greek Golden Dawn: DEATH TO THE EURO! LONG LIVE THE GOLD STANDARD?


The worldwide windstorm over the slight electoral rise of a Patriotic Right-Wing party over the normally placid Aegean and Ionian Seas surrounding Greece was totally predictable.  Wow, to think that more than 7% of the population of the oldest still recognizable culture in Europe would take serious pride in that heritage.  The thread of continuity between Ancient and Modern Greece is in some ways tenuous, but still recognizable as a single ethnic tradition dating back well into the second millennium before Christ.  In no way can it be said that any other nation of Europe, even Italy, can trace its culture quite so continuously and directly from the dawn of the Bronze Age through the present, with a continuous language and alphabet, even if religion and all other mores have changed in pace with the rest of the continent.

And even the “surprising” showing of the Golden Dawn in the late Greek Election (which failed to form a government) still falls way short of Marine Le Pen’s 19% with the Front National in France, but way ahead of the catastrophic (near) collapse of the BNP and UKIP on the Patriotic (Identity) Right of British Politics, and far stronger than the NPD in any but the poorest sectors of (the former) East Germany.   And then of course, there simply is no genuinely patriotic political party of any significance whatsoever in the United States.  Sic Transit Gloria Mundi.

In reading about the Golden Dawn, I see no references to real “Classical Liberal” Economics (all the critics are too busy trying to associate “Golden Dawn” with National Socialism, which of course has very little either “liberal” or “Classical” about it, but has, really and truly, never been successful in any nation on earth except, ironically enough, Israel…..  

But the other constant theme in the new about the Greek Elections is the possible withdrawal of Greece from the “Euro-Zone”—which, naturally, I totally favor.  I favor in fact the total collapse of the “Euro” Zone and the restoration of fiscal sovereignty to every country, even to Germany which relishes it’s dominant position atop the “Euro” heap.  I say: “Francs for the French and Walloons, Lire for the Italians, Mark für die Deutsche Volk, Guildern for the Dutch, Schillings for the Austrians, Pesetas for the Spanish” and….. the oldest of all of these currencies, to be sure: DRACHMAE for the GREEKS.  I would love to see a collapse of all the international banks of Europe—what would people do?  I suppose they would just have to learn to garden again, grow their own food, how to build and repair their own houses again, in short, how to be self-sufficient and engage (barter) in mutual substantive economic assistance instead of mere formalistic exchange of worthless and meaningless central-bank notes.  What would be so horrible about that?  The “Brave New World” advocates all say we are heading towards a cashless society anyhow—well, I can envision a cashless society.  Historically they have existed: Our word “pecuniary” comes from the Latin “pecus” for cattle—the most solid and useful of all ancient currencies was surely the pan-Indo-European measure of wealth in head of cattle—it is a kind of value everyone from the Russian plains where the earliest Indo-Europeans built their Kurgans to the field of Celtic Ireland (before and after Saint Patrick), the earliest Italians, and Germans, and even the earliest Persians and Vedic Hindus…  Marvin Harris in Cows, Pigs, Wars, & Witches taught many generations of freshman anthropology students that the Hindu prohibition on killing cattle was in essence ecologically sound and practical….if a little bit disgusting and unclean to the Western sentimentality…

So as much as I cheer the rise of the Golden Dawn, I hope that its Greek supporters will infuse new meaning into those words GOLDEN DAWN: BANISH the EURO, BURY the BANKS, let there be a NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM in EUROPE, and un vrai Renaissance d’orun verdadero renacimiento del pro.  

Of course, a Gold Standard is never really and truly a “standalone” monetary system.  Gold may be used for more abstract, “sovereign” media of exchange, but the people will always barter and exchange useful substances meat, computers, cattle and corn (corn in the old sense of “seed”, could be wheat, millet, oats, or sorghum, not necessarily Zea Mays L.).  Heavens: what if people had to learn how to put together their own circuit boards?  The “Communist” Chinese might have to set free their millions of high-tech world-worker slaves, and what would become of the world then?

I hope and pray that, whoever the Greek people elect, it will not be the Mitt-Romney-clone Nea Demokratia conformists.  I think that the Golden Dawn of Greece should bring Death to the Euro, but life to the Gold Standard, Death to Central Banks, but Life to the Economic Freedom of the People, and a Death to the “Shake and Bake” culture of Globalism, and Life to the traditional and autonomous culture of Greece.

One mystery remains in my mind concerning “the Golden Dawn” and it is entirely etymological.  Back in my halcyon days of studying Classical Languages and Anthropology, I remember fondly reading Homer’s famous often repeated poetic formula or phrase eos rhododactylos (“rosy fingered dawn”).  It is from “eos” as dawn, of course that we get the Eocene, Eolithic and other periods of history using this same word for Dawn.

But the Golden Dawn in Greek today is Chrysi Avgi, and I find this horribly irritating because Avgolemono (egg lemon) soup is one of my favorite Greek appetizers. Avgi should mean “eggs”—I will have to explore the Indo-European root situation more closely, but the Av root of modern Greek “Dawn” looks suspiciously like the root for “Aurora” (Latin “Dawn”).  Could there be some semantic-symbolic-psycho-etymological resonance between “Dawn” and “Egg” as beginnings?  Golden Eggs, of course, constitute, in comparative mythology, a whole different class of Jungian archetypes from Golden Dawns….  

But I still think that we should take note: Greece, in some ways, is the geographical center point of the culture which was the “Mother Goose” that laid the first Golden Eggs at the Dawn of European culture….I hope that Political Correctness will not kill this “Golden Egg” of a Patriotic Movement in far Southeastern Europe which so terrifies the Bankers of the West, from Banco Santander in Spain to the Bank of England’s home office on Threadneedle Street in London…

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