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And the Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europe's Crisis and America's Economic Future by Yanis Varoufakis

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CHAPTER 7

BACK TO THE FUTURE

Every time I sat on the ministerial benches in Greece’s parliament, immediately opposite me sat the democratically elected thugs of Nazi party Golden Dawn.1 Each time I failed to avoid their gaze, or when friends from the United States, Britain, Australia, Thailand, China asked me to explain the Golden Dawn phenomenon, I was reminded of the figure of Kapnias.

The first time I met Kapnias was in December 1991, at the Southern Peloponnesian farm he shared with Grandma Georgia, his wife whom I was visiting2 and whose life story deserves to be the centerpiece of some talented tragedian’s labor of love. Having driven from Athens to spend a weekend with them, I caught my first glimpse of him standing next to his goats, ...

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