[Marxism] Fwd: Tsipras: the reverse shock doctrine | Paul Mason | Paul Mason
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.
More information about the Marxism