[Marxism] Fwd: Tsipras: the reverse shock doctrine | Paul Mason | Paul Mason

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Jan 29 08:17:59 MST 2015

The astonishment in Europe cannot be expained by lack of foreknowledge. 
Numerous journalists who cover Greece, including me, reported in detail 
what Syriza planned to do: cancel the austerty and privatisations, run a 
balanced budget and massively hike the tax take from the so-called 
oligarchs and the black economy.

The astonishment comes because all the political centre’s contingency 
plans come apart. The centre-right did not win, the centre-left parties 
formed to create a moderation mechanism on Syriza in coalition did not 
get asked into the government (and in the case of Papandreou’s party, To 
Kinima, failed to get into parliament).

By tying up an immediate coalition with a far-right nationalist party, 
Tsipras was able to seize the apparatus of the Greek executive faster 
than anybody expected. That is what drove yesterday’s collapse of Greek 
bank shares, and the fall on the stock exchange.


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