[Marxism] Fwd: Jerome Roos: What happens in Greece can transform Europe

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jan 13 06:34:52 MST 2015

(Considering Roos's long-standing autonomist predilections,it is 
interesting that he supports a Syriza victory.)

Q: The forthcoming Greek elections may bring the Left to power. What’s 
their significance and meaning for Greece and Europe?

A: As a general matter, I do not ascribe very great significance to 
elections in the broader social struggle, but it's obvious that these 
elections are different. Greece finds itself in a permanent state of 
emergency, and there is no doubt that this will be the most monumental 
vote since the fall of the junta. Obviously the prospect of the radical 
left taking power for the first time in EU history is significant in and 
of itself, and given Syriza’s stated intentions to renegotiate the debt 
and take on the oligarchs, there is a genuine prospect of an improvement 
in overall conditions – if only to provide much-needed breathing space 
to working people, the unemployed and the movements. And needless to 
say, the possible demise of the two-party political aristocracy that has 
ruled the country since the fall of the junta would be a historical 
development per se.


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