(I want to dedicate this text to those of my former students who in the end, chose “mediocrity” and “virtual reality” for the sake of their own society, their own families and their own survival).
The 70s, with an effective presidential parliamentary system and with all elected political parties participating freely and independently in all legislative procedures in the Greek Parliament, produced a certain normality in Greek Society which soon yielded fruits. There was economic development, greater means and protection for a freer political and cultural expression by all Greek Citizens, a more institutionalized organization of the workers in all professions, and lastly but most critically, once again there was a social rise of all the democratic and leftist political forces in the country. This last socio-political development had taken place due to a more universal educational system at all levels and also due to a more coherent and pragmatic political consciousness developing through more independent political parties, a freer press and the large increase in the numbers of editing houses which provided the Greek population with a wider range of books of all types of learning and ideologies. These democratic and leftist socio-political forces of Greek Society, “once again”, but with more intensity and pragmatism, demanded “now and then”, a more modern and pluralistic state which would promote and protect the interests and the everyday needs of all the people, based on the criteria of a modern nation-state, similar to those being applied effectively and creatively in the developed states of the West.