[Marxism] Greek Deal Prospects Slim as Crisis Talks Resume

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jul 12 07:15:47 MDT 2015

On 7/12/15 8:36 AM, Marv Gandall wrote:
> Congratulations. You now understand the position of the left critics
> of the Tsipras leadership (including Jim Creegan) who argued from the
> beginning that the government should be mobilizing and educating the
> people and preparing the state administration for a Grexit, rather
> than doggedly reinforcing illusions that a voluntary or involuntary
> departure from the eurozone was wholly unthinkable.

Thank you for congratulating me, Mr. Vote for Obama.

Making your axis of intervention based on what Syriza should have done 
is pointless. That is like urging Bernie Sanders to run as an 
independent, excoriating Hillary Clinton. That of course is what a 
"socialist" should do. I can see writing one or two articles or emails 
to that effect but repeating it for six months is just obnoxiously 
repetitive. Creegan's problem was not his ideas but his imitation of a 
phonograph needle stuck in a groove. I love Beethoven but who would want 
to listen to the first five notes of his fifth symphony repeated for 
hours on end.

My position, articulated before Tsipras took office, was that the 
relationship of forces militated against success of any sort. The only 
hope for Syriza would have been a massive European-wide movement that 
made its survival possible. In other words, to create something like the 
framework of the new Latin American left inspired by the Bolivarian 
revolution in Venezuela.

You can see the sprouts of such a development in Spain, Scotland, and 
elsewhere but it is still too weak to make a difference.

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