The revolt of crooks

  • 2012-09-19
  • By Leonidas Donskis
We had long thought that cleptocracy is something safely distanced from Europe and, therefore, related to African and Latin American political classes. What strikes us now, however, is the fact that we witness its strong presence in Europe. What is happening in Eastern Europe now may well be described as the revolt of crooks, thieves and cheats who make up the political classes nowadays.There was a time when the revolt of the masses, as Jose Ortega y Gasset would have had it, was about making modernity fulfill its promises of equality, the pursuit of happiness, and better life for t...
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