Why Not Buy Athens?

With the Greek economy in shambles, one wonders if it is not possible to buy Athens, some of the ancient sites around Sparta and Corinth, or the palace of Agamemnon at Ithaca. These might make nice provinces, perhaps not like a full state, but territories like Puerto Rico. These might make very nice places for American universities. It may be a generation or two, though, after the modern nation has overcome its fascination with communism and fascism by recovering something of its ancient tradition, that the Greek province might become a state, and Greeks admitted into citizenship. With the American economy as it is, such a project would need at least to break even, but one wonders if something could not be devised, some partnership in this most ancient of nations where free government may have been born.

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