[Marxism] Greek Deal Prospects Slim as Crisis Talks Resume

Marv Gandall marvgand2 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 12 08:28:31 MDT 2015

On Jul 12, 2015, at 9:15 AM, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:

> My position, articulated before Tsipras took office, was that the relationship of forces militated against success of any sort.

Everyone understood that the relationship of forces was adverse, but not to the point it ruled out “success of any sort”. You never struck a note of this kind when you celebrated Syriza’s victory, nor in the months afterward when, in your inimitable fashion, you confidently flamed critics of the government’s supine negotiating stance, concessions to the austerity agenda of the troika, and failure to make preparations for a break with the eurozone in the event the austerity demands of the troika were unyielding. 

> 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.

No kidding. But for that to have happened, the government would have had to have had an entirely different orientation - to building a European-wide movement rather than satisfying Greece’s bloodsucking creditors. The Syriza leadership did not “inspire” a new European left along the lines of what transpired in Latin America because its tone, policies, and actions bore little resemblance to the Bolivarian movement under Chavez. 

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

This week’s wholesale capitulation by the government to the escalating austerity demands of the eurozone powers, in which it acted in concert with the opposition, will not provide much nourishment for those sprouts. 

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