controlled recovery is an illusion
these "measures" only result in tax hikes and more debt. greece, like any other occidental democracy, cant cut spending because they dont have the tools to do it.
how can spending decrease if in order to cut spending more bureaucrats are appointed and more agencies are formed, and when spending is not under control of the government, and when spending has no relation whatsoever with whatever money allocation is made?
perhaps you should try to understand how deficit spending works in real life.
central state collects 100, and allocates 10 to ministry A, which then proceeds to spend 15.
budgets are a charade. a silly joke. numbers pulled out of the proverbial orifice. otherwise there would be no deficit spending.
anyone who reads a budget and who can make elementary arithmetics can easily see they are a bunch of fantasies.
Reading the Old Holborn article I think he gets a number of things right - especially about the danger of violence and appalling deprivation in the event that the government is cut back very quickly.
I also think you are correct in that not engaging in a political way at all could also be dangerous. I recall an example but can't find it online at the moment:
The gist was that a chap was living "off the grid" on his own land in one of the southern US states but local officials were suing him and harassing him regarding health violations i.e. not being connected to water and sewage and half a dozen other things. The general consensus of the comments on the article was that the local council (or whatever I don't know how it works in the US) just wanted him to put in the services or move him off in favour of someone who would so they could increase property taxes.
Point being that if you aren't engaged on some level then there's no particular guarantee that someone won't just change the rules on you to force you to conform.
Also, the "starve the beast strategy" risks exactly the kind of collapse that would happen if the state just withdrew suddenly as a result of policy. I think the state will keep spending and running up debts until it can't go on any longer and then severe austerity measures will be imposed by default - not the relatively controlled measures we're seeing trying to be implemented in Greece and Spain now.