Once a slave, forever a slave. There are some ways to attest the hypothesis, such as the EU austerity measures.
Alfred Marshall, 1842-1924, said, '…Economics is a study of mankind… ', and economy has a naughty cycle: recession. When in recession we sit idle, do nothing but need to tighten the belts, i.e. take austerity measures. In good old days, that cycle, due to precipitation shortage, was natural, but not anymore.
Greece's new unelected government is ordained to present its 2012 austerity budget to parliament on Friday. In the meantime, according to Reuters, 'In Athens, at least 50,000 Greeks joined a protest rally presenting the first public test for a new national unity government,…Police fired teargas at black-clad youths as protest marchers beat drums, waved red flags and shouted: "EU, IMF out!'
In Ancient Greece, the Athenians were known to recoil from masters while, Persians, their archenemy were renowned as people who lived to serve a king. Consequently, Athenians came up with a rudimentary form of democracy and enjoyed good civil rights. The other party sank deeper and deeper into pungent slavery. However, in the recent clashes between their riot police and the protesters, a bad example, so far we have not heard any application of live munitions, or killing men and women in the streets. On the other hand, in the streets of their past archenemy, not only innocent men and women were killed, but also they were raped by the regimes' riot police.
Aeschylus, (525-456 BC), the Greek, in his play called the 'Persians', writes, 'the Queen of Persia, inquiring about the Greeks, asks: "Who is their (Athenians') master? Who commands them?" The chorus answers: "The Greeks are their own masters. They are slaves to no one." In brief, the Greeks' view of ancient Persians was that they were natural slaves.
Well, this is not limited to Persians. Simply give the first name Abdullah, (Abd+Allah or slave of god) to Google and you get 117,000,000 results. Theoretically, it is good to be no one else's slave, but practically people see god in masters and submit their body and soul to the tyrants.
These tyrants need to keep their slaves ignorant to strengthen their grip on the helm. They have changed elementary school textbooks, indoctrinating submission to the will of the tyrants. State-run radios and TVs keep broadcasting disinformation. For instance, in shuttle taxis, the driver keeps state-run radio on. The radio broadcast said when you see no rain, then you must appeal to god for rain. Simultaneously, you could hear the salvos of cloud seeding shells, filled with silver iodine imported from atheist China.
As to austerity measures, people In Europe know it is the stupid economy, but in Greek's former enemy, state-run radios and TVs put the blame of high inflation on sanctions. They never mention devaluation of their local currency, but claim that the price of dollar has astronomically gone up. In Greece, government says they have budget deficit, in the land of the slaves, the shacked slaves are told to outface the enemy by doubling their efforts but cut down in half on consumption. Same message but in different tone.