[Marxism] The political conjuncture does not present us with a task of deciding which path to socialism is the best
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Their claim is that Syriza aspires to be the social-democratic caretaker
of the system rather than its gravedigger and that a victory for the
party would deepen the capitalist path in Greece rather than derail it.
The Greek Communist Party (KKE) has steadfastly refused any
collaboration with Syriza, and its members even refuse to march with
other groups during demonstrations and strikes, choosing alternative
times and routes so as not to be contaminated by different opinions.
Unsurprisingly, electoral support has dropped for KKE from 9.5 percent
in 2004 to 6.1 percent in 2014. It is at 5 percent today. It takes real
talent for a left party to continually lose support as wages plummet and
unemployment and discontent soar.
The Front of the Greek Anticapitalist Left (Antarsya), currently polling
around 1 percent (far less than the 3 percent minimum needed to gain
parliamentary representation), is much closer to Syriza than to KKE but
they also steadfastly refuse to join forces since, among other
differences, Syriza’s platform does not advocate leaving the European
Union and the euro. This style of sectarian politics in Greece is
certainly not exclusive to it, and many left factions of various stripes
throughout Europe and beyond proclaim their opposition to Syriza for
Unfortunately, the political conditions today are far more bleak than
when Eduard Bernstein and Rosa Luxemburg were debating reform and
revolution more than a century ago. Yet very often, the historical
failure of social democracy to achieve socialism is provided as evidence
of Syriza’s intrinsic opportunism and inevitable inadequacy.
Regrettably, the political conjuncture in Greece and beyond does not
present us with an urgent task of deciding which path to socialism is
the best. All political parties (Syriza, KKE, Antarsya, included) are,
quite the opposite, largely debating which path is best for restoring
jobs, wages, health care, education, and the like. No one is advocating
a radical break with the past and the creation of a new society.
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