Well, what about Greece? Internal violence, excesses on the Left and persecution on the Right. Even a freely accepted and efficient government could not restore order without massive outside help, but successive Greek governments have been inept, inefficient and corrupt. The civil service has been purged of all non-partisan competent bureaucrats; this is one reason why tax collections have been slow, and few people buy government bonds. Inflation is rife and black markets rampant. So, to the other Europeans, it must have seemed that they were pouring money into a bottomless trough. Our government sent a small payment to Greece with a warning that they must put their financial house in order if they wanted more. A United Nations commission was sent to Greece and is stuck in an endless chain of testimony. Half-hearted attempts to restore a functional government have led to a coalition led by an ex-banker.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.