[Marxism] 'United we can win' -- interview with Alexis Tsipras in Il Manifesto

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Sat Feb 22 20:55:21 MST 2014

In December, *Alexis Tsipras*, leader of the Greek Coalition of the Radical
Left (Syriza), was elected as lead candidate of the Party of the European
Left for the May 25 European elections. The program of Tsipras's campaign
can be found on the website of Links Journal of Socialist

Tsipras's candidacy is seen as symbolic of the fight for a different Europe
-- one that is ecological, peaceful, democratic and based on social justice.
This is due to the Greek people's resistance to the austerity policies that
the "troika" (European Union, European Central Bank, International Monetary
Fund) have imposed on them and Syriza's near-victory in the 2012 Greek
elections on an anti-austerity platform.

Tsipras's candidacy has become especially symbolic of this fight in Italy,
where a very divided left is looking for ways to come together. Tsipras was
interviewed by Italian left daily *Il Manifesto*. It has been translated by
Dick Nichols.

"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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