[Marxism] Why We Must Support SYRIZA

turbulo at aol.com turbulo at aol.com
Thu Dec 11 13:54:25 MST 2014

Louis wrote:

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.


Yes, but during that same 50 years we have also seen a host of left-reformist 
governments ( Allende, Mitterand, Ortega)  go down to defeat. The parties that 
led them there may not have been ignored by the masses, but failed more
spectacularly than any sect could have. Did the masses draw revolutionary 
conclusions as a result of having "gone through" these defeats? Not
that I've noticed. Why is Louis so anxious to trade in one failed set of politics
(sectarianism) for another (reformist cheerleading)?

One might argue for critical support of SYRIZA. But the operational word
here should be "critical." Unless there is a party prepared to point
out why electoral/reformist strategies are bound to fail BEFORE
THE FACT, no one will ever raw the appropriate conclusions from
their failure. The existence of such a party may not be a sufficient
condition for a revolutionary advance, but it is a necessary one. 

Jim Creegan

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