Had the recent and ongoing pangs and distresses of the Greek financial crisis occurred in a non-democratic country, chaos, anarchy and social rebellion would have been common place. But not in Greece.
The confidence of the Greek socialists to assure the people that its governance has been toward their best interests could only have been achieved because of the experienced democratic institutions of the world's oldest democracy.
Hence, it was with this confidence in the Greek people and in the institutions of democracy that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has resigned and has called new elections for September this year. With much dissent within his own Syriza Party to the third Greek European Union bailout, Tsipras is forecast to win the new election, Greece's fifth in six years.
Yet, Greece is reasonably calm despite the financial troubles and with hoards of immigrants crossing its shores each day. And this social stability in the oldest democracy could only be attributed to its long experience and confidence in democracy.