Noam Chomsky, top experts participate in hard hitting documentary concerning Greek economic crisis



Freedom Besieged is a feature length documentary film concerning the current economic and political climate of Greece amidst what has been described as “one of the greatest economic collapses in human history”. The film uniquely documents the lives of young Greeks and community leaders searching for hope and identity amidst the doom-and-gloom messaging of what is known by many, simply, as “The Crisis”.


Decades of entitlements crushed the Greek economy. Europeans then had to bail out the Greeks and for some reason the Greeks haven’t changed their ways. They have no reason to.


I know people on the right hate Chomsky but I always appreciated his arguments - even if I never agreed with them. He at least goes to great length to provide his rationale. Unlike the typical screeching liberal.


I won’t delineate all the issues I have with Chomsky, he is a con man who speaks softly and authoritatively, and always makes excuses for failure of the left, and always states issues in generous vs.evil, never considering the behaviors that led to any given crisis.


Chomsky for the longest time cited South American countries as the model the US should follow. When Venezuela went full socialist he has a love affair with the country - he’s not saying the US should be more like Venezuela anymore. Maybe it has something to do with people selling their own children for table scraps.


This film begs that we change our ways. Hopes to inspire a paradigm shift. Young Greeks no longer feel entitled. The price has been paid.


So, when the coach is exhorting the crowds to “take our country back!” What is he saying?


He says, “Maybe it is time we show these kids that this country is worth fighting for!

Disenfranchisement runs ramped among youth in Greece at varying degrees. One such degree is poisonous complacency brought on by a lack of confidence, self-respect, belief that systematic change is plausible in an economic and political climate poisoned by inefficient state establishments and lack of community. The coach, having built such a community around extra-curricular activity (which there is not enough of in Greece) for children to learn to work towards a common goal, is asking the parents to quit the self-loathing and pessimism at home and instead engage young Greeks to believe that they can make a difference in their lives and in their country. If we are to rely on the next generations of Greeks to organize and pursue detailed, step-by-step reforms to change the country for the better, the first step needs to address the psychological damage they have faced by growing up in an era of austerity and pessimism which, in many households, have left them alone and frightened to engage with the future. In this age of information and social media, they have access to every article over the past ten years which has painted Greece as Europe’s enemy within. The fact is, young Greeks right now need to believe that there are ways to work and kickstart endeavours on a level above means of traditional assistance and still generate successful, economically sustainable models. I really enjoyed including in this film the young Greeks building a school for self-sufficiency within a sustainable eco-community only a few hours from capital Athens. I’m not saying, “everyone go build an eco-village”. I am more an advocate for the psychology that drove them to. I get a lot of heat from people who say, “individual psychology is not what destroyed Greece, systematic violence did”. I don’t agree with that statement in full, but let’s play with that for a second. This film examines a reversal of the process and asks the question, “Okay, systematic change. How will we engage Greek youth to want to even get up in the morning to fight for systematic change?” If someone has a magic button, I’d love to see it. Until then, the individual and in turn group psychology of young Greeks and the importance of community leaders assisting on that front is of major focus in this film.