Dušan Bjelić – Identity theft and the German-Greek Crisis

The Olympic stadium in Munich, supposedly attended by no other but the Fürer himself, is where an epochal football match between German Philosophers and the Greek philosophers is about to start in Monty Python’s sketch. The German line up consisted of: Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Shelling, Schlegel, Wittgenstein, Nietzsche and Heidegger, backed up by Beckenbauer and Jaspers; the Greek’s consisted of: Plato, Epictetus, Aristotle, Sophocles, Empedocles, Plotin, Epicurus, Heraclitus, Democritus, Socrates, and Archimedes. Confucius is the referee and the two side referees are St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. The whistle blows; Germans are to start the game, but Hegel, who is supposed to kick the ball, falls instantly into a deep meditation along with he entire German team of philosophers. Overburdened with harkening the Logos and being more Greek then the Greeks, he allows Archimedes to steal the ball. Short passes between him Socrates and Heraclitus lead to a spectacular goal and Greek victory.

Where is smoke there is fire, where is humor there is a tragedy. In this case the tragedy being, Germans forgetting that the Greek philosophy had created German Being. To the same extent that an Arab (Moses) had created the Jews, Greek Logos, according to Germans own account, has created the Germans. And in the manner that the Jews treat Palestinians today as the ‘barbaric other’, German bankers treat the Greeks. Where did the Germans get such an attitude from?

When Heidegger visited the Greek cape Sounion in 1962 he wrote in his travel diary: «the people of this country knew how to inhabit and demarcate the world against the barbarous in honor of the seat of the gods… …they knew how to praise what is great and by acknowledging it, to bring themselves in front of the sublime, founding, in this way, a world.» To treat the Greeks as collectivistic, lazy, hedonistic etc., a common derogatory language echoing in German banks today, means that the Greeks are not apt to carry the burden of Western civilization. This is a clear proof that the Germans speak as Greeks. Parmenides’s epochal discovery that «what is rational is real», which Kant and Hegel took into the heart of German philosophy, had laid the foundation of German protestant subjectivity -which of course includes German bankers (these practical rationalists).

From Hegel to Heidegger, ‘Ancient Greece’ provided a model for Aryan racial superiority on behalf of which conquests were waged, people enslaved and killed. This racism has been directed today toward the Greeks, and this not only denies its «cradle of civilization», but is ready to kill the baby in it.

If the German banks force the Greeks out of the EU, the Greeks, in addition to demanding the return of their stolen gold, cultural treasures, and war reparation, must have an additional demand. Consistent with today’s concern for protecting intellectual properties, the Navajo Nation is suing today hipster clothing and accessories retailer Urban Outfitter for exploiting their identity to profit from selling their products branded as Navaho; similarly, some Italians want to obtain copyright for espresso. For their part, the Greeks should demand copyrights on Logos and ask from Germans to pay identity fees.

  1. Akis Gavriilidis said:

    Every identity is a «theft».
    Identities are not broken down into «legitimately owned» and «stolen». The I is always somebody else.

  2. Dusan said:

    So is the German money…..

  3. Akis Gavriilidis said:

    Where there is smoke, there may be fire, but there may be more than one fires, or the same fire burning in more than one ways.
    It is undoubtful that German idealism built a eurocentric-phallogocentric self image based on (a particular construction of) ancient Greece.
    But it is also true that after that, modern Greeks, or at least their official state ideology, adopted unquestionably this construction as «historical truth», and assigned themselves the task to prove that they are the continuation of this sublime ancient civilization and the legitimate owners of its heritage.
    In this sense, there has not been any «theft» properly speaking, because when the Germans took over Greek ancient identity to build their own, this did not belong to anybody.

  4. Frances Farmer said:

    Για την ήττα των Γερμανών φταίει καθαρά ο προπονητής: Δεν μπορεί να αφήνεις εκτός εντεκάδας τον καλύτερο αριστερό εξτρέμ όλων των εποχών (Μαρξ) και να βάζεις μέσα τον άμπαλο τον Schlegel! Κατά τα άλλα το άρθρο μου φάνηκε αδύνατο: Πολύ καλύτερο για το θέμα βαλκάνια και ευρωπαικό φαντασιακο είναι ένα άρθρο του ίδιου συγγραφέα στο eurozine βλ http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2004-06-11-bjelic-en.html

    • Mary said:

      Σωστό το σχόλιο και ευχαριστώ για το link. Παραδίπλα υπάρχει και μία ανάλυση του Πρεβελάκη που είναι επίσης πολύ έγκυρη

  5. Ifinoe said:

    Your article, to my opinion, doesn’t bring much to the discussion. In a way it repeats what ‘common’ people say, based on pulp easy ideology. And more than that, you are trying to put more into it that is not in place. Parallelism and easy associations Greeks – Germans – Jews – Palestinians is confusing facts and lacking deep knowledge of the situation in the Middle East. Sorry mate! You have to make a bit more effort if you want to achieve credibility.

  6. KE said:

    What bullcrap – what exactly is the purpose of reproducing without an introduction such a silly article especially when you disagree with it so profoundly?

    For a moment I thought you had caught some strange form of the disease of patriotism that overcame your anti-group-of-origin antibodies. Thankfully you still remain the same one-sided crusader that objects to the ramblings of a crazy Greek-speaking «indigenous» Macedonian but sees nothing wrong in the ramblings of his non-Greek speaking «indigenous» Macedonian counterpart. Dimitras’ wall is the gift that keep on giving…

  7. Dear Sir or Madam.
    The point of your comment is not very clear, apart from the question “why was this article published”. Well, this is easy to answer: it was published –and not “reproduced”; this is its first posting- because the author was kind enough to send it to us for publication.
    As far as the alleged “profound disagreements” are concerned, we would like to note that “Nomadic Universality” is not a political party; it is just a blog that sprang out of a mailing list, and any of the people participating in this list, (who are several dozens), have the right and the technical possibility to post their views, or the views of others. Of course these people share common interests, but there is no central committee who imposes which views can be posted or not.
    We have to note, though, that no person under the name of «Dimitras» has any role in this list, or the blog.


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