[Marxism] Syriza rep. on historic responsibility of the left in Greece

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Thu Dec 13 21:44:40 MST 2012

[A fascinating and wide-ranging interview with a Syriza leader -- covering
state of politics and social struggle in Greece, the euro, debt debates,
rise of fascism and the social response and the challenge of transforming
Syriza into a new party.]


*Sibylle Kaczorek* and *Jody Betzien*, from the AustralianSocialist
interviewed *Yiannis Bournous* in Athens. Yiannis is a leading activst in
the Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza), Greek's rapidly growing left

Syriza came close to winning elections in June on the basis of rejecting
the brutal austerity being enforced on the people of Greece. Instead, a
coalition of three parties (Greece's tradition conservative party, New
Democracy, its tradition social democratic party, PASOK, and and a
right-wing split from Syriza, Democratic Left) was formed, committed to
greater austerity measures.

Yiannis is also a member of the central political committee of Synaspismos,
one of Syriza's affiliate groups, and a member of the executive board of
the European Left. He spoke on the situation in Greece and Syriza's
“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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