Real Life K.O.'s Zorba and His EU Friends

In Nikos Kazanzakis' Zorba the Greek we see both Kazanzakis' disdain for capitalists and a description of the Greek ethos which is proving that country's economic downfall: "You think too much. That is your trouble. Clever people and grocers, they weigh everything." By the European Union's own reckoning, the euro, its single currency, was the high point of the union: "Launched in 1999, Europe's single currency is now shared by 17 EU countries and around 331 million citizens, making it one of the world's most important currencies and one of the EU's greatest achievements." I cannot think of another achievement, except for mindless regulatory nonsense like dictating the bend permitted in bananas for sale in Europe or ruling that water could not be sold as a means of hydration and the creation of a large overly compensated body of people to promulgate such rules. I view the difficulties now facing the euro as more evidence that the EU itself could have used better organizational rules...(Read Full Article)