[Marxism] Fwd: Greece, Venezuela and the prospects for a new left

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Dec 27 15:02:55 MST 2015

After an extended period of relative quiescence in which the North Star 
editorial board has been continuing to assess the progress (or lack 
thereof) toward the creation of radical, nonsectarian formations on the 
left, we hope to begin publishing relevant content again. To some 
extent, this is an unavoidable task since the defeats in Greece and 
Venezuela of such parties has led to widespread discussion of whether 
they were oversold to begin with.

While the emphasis for people who believe in the North Star type 
approach has always been on organizational questions (what Lenin really 
meant, etc.), there is no avoiding the programmatic aspects of both 
Syriza and the Bolivarian revolution. In the first case you are dealing 
with a party that ostensibly refused to live up to its promises. With 
Venezuela, the issue might be one of whether the ruling party could have 
done anything to stay in power given the dire economic situation 
triggered by falling oil prices.

full: http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=12407

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