[Marxism] Fwd: Left Unity – Why we must support a SYRIZA government in Greece

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Dec 10 12:54:42 MST 2014

On 12/10/14 2:45 PM, ioannis aposperites wrote:
> He can see a worker's government by a party with no links to the working
> class and which, on top of this, is about to form a government with
> straightforward bourgeois parties, even nationalist ones.

The problem is that those who have such insights are largely ignored by 
the masses. You have a small coalition of Marxist groups that will never 
have the kind of influence that Syriza does and the KKE, which attacks 
Syriza from the left but has not provided the kind of leadership that is 
so necessary. For the past nearly 50 years I have seen formally correct 
revolutionary critiques of "sell-out" parties but they never seem to 
amount to more than propaganda formations. I don't expect Syriza to lead 
the working class to socialism but it is necessary for it go through the 
experience of seeing it fail. There are many Greek Marxists who are in 
Syriza and would expect to see them move toward a more effective class 
struggle solution to the crisis but that will have to be based on its 
authority within the mass movement. Standing from on high lecturing the 
movement about its failings does not work unfortunately.

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