[Marxism] Callinicos: Syriza’s compromise won’t beat austerity

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Apr 29 15:43:20 MDT 2015


On 4/29/15 5:18 PM, Dayne Goodwin via Marxism wrote:
> The tactics pursued by the Syriza government are perfectly rational.
> The deal Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis signed up to in
> February committed it to continuing with the agreements made by
> previous governments.
>
> They included implementing neoliberal “reforms” and meeting debt
> repayments in the hope of keeping money flowing in, particularly from
> the European Central Bank (ECB) into the Greek banking system.

If this is the case, why does the bourgeois press continue to view 
Syriza as an obstacle to its plans? In Callinicos's simple way of 
looking at things, the "reformists" have to be moved out of the way so 
that a genuinely "revolutionary" party like Antarsya can lead the masses 
to socialism. Perhaps the miniscule vote for Antarsya in the last 
election should be the focus of his attention rather than Syriza's 
misdeeds. Revolutions don't come about because of criticism of 
misleaders but by building a genuine leadership. Indeed, the failure of 
the British SWP or any of its satellites to amount to much more than a 
sliver on the far left is the real problem facing us, not the failure of 
a Eurocommunist party to lead a proletarian revolution.



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