[Marxism] Antarsya statement and IV article on Greek situation

Peggy Dobbins pegdobbins at gmail.com
Mon May 21 13:28:08 MDT 2012

it would really be welcome to get more English translations of Syriza press
releases and statements before hundreds of reporters and cameras, that
somehow I can't access.  Strange comparison to Egypt.

On Mon, May 21, 2012 at 4:10 AM, Michael Karadjis <mkaradjis at gmail.com>wrote:

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> OK, yeh I wrote the article about being non-sectarian towards Syriza etc
> and then I sent the Antarsya statement. I didn't send it because I
> necessarily agreed with it, but because I consider them to be wonderful
> dedicated activists and communists, many of whom I have known personally
> for decades, whose views ought to be aired. It is true that they shouldn't
> be ridiculed on the basis of a bit of imprecise language, which I explained
> anyway.
> It is true however that Antarsya's statement is somewhat disappointing, if
> not surprising. I cut them some slack though: they are there and we are
> here. Antarsya is not wrong about the limitations of the Synaspismos
> leadership of Syriza. And they are probably in an atmosphere where they are
> far more acutely aware of these problems on a daily basis than we are. And
> their statement is far less sectarian than the position of the KKE, even if
> ultimately it comes down to the same thing: with the difference that
> Antarsya does not have any seats from the election so they are not faced
> with the same decision as the KKE; they feel they can be more
> propagandistic. And they do call for a united front of all the left to
> fight fascism. And they do say they could support a left government under
> certain conditions, unlike the "shove it" attitude of the KKE. And they
> have been actively collaborating on the ground with Syriza and its
> components in non-sectarian fashion for years now, meaning at least now
> they have the credibility to say we now draw the line, as opposed to the
> hyper-sectarianism of the KKE towards everyone on the left for years,
> meaning that even IF they were correct now, people would still assume they
> were wrong. And Antarsya is certainly right to emphasise the need for
> mobilisation as key in this situation.
> But with all those disclaimers, yes it is disappointing that Antarsya
> cannot shake it off at this moment and call out from the rooftops: "for a
> united front of workers parties to smash austerity and the memorandum",
> without giving up any of their critique. While I think it would be grossly
> offensive to call these brave activists "KKE lite", comparing them a group
> that has acted as marshalls for the state, it is true that many may view
> them that way if they don't take a less abstentionist stance towards what
> is actually happening with Syriza's victory. But let's let them work it out.
> For me personally, I regard the comrade organisations in Greece to be all
> the components of Antarsya and all the components of Syriza except the more
> opportunist elements of Synaspismos. Of course, the real rightist elements
> of Synaspismos thankfully quit and formed Democratic Left; but it is hard
> from afar to judge how "pure" that has left a basically left-reformist
> organisation - all we can say from afar, as I wrote in my article, is that
> the *momentum* of Synaspismos given the split of its rotten right-wing
> combined with its alliance with the radical left is something that can be
> pushed forward, especially in these conditions; I'm sorry Antarsya seems to
> have withdrawn a little from that perspective.
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