[Marxism] Jeff Richards on Syriza
lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jul 17 20:49:19 MDT 2015
Is there blame for Syriza's defeat?
You cannot launch 'asymmetric political warfare' against against the
German ruling elite unless you are prepared for battle. The party, the
cadres, the supporters, the government, the bureaucracy must all be
mobilised, prepared and steeled for the financial onslaught of the
transition period. What did all the Syriza ministers who resigned from
government do to prepare Greece for a difficult transition out of the
Euro? Did they call on the Syriza government to prepare ? What did
Varoufakis (who I personally admire), a senior minister in charge of the
Greek economy do to prepare? By the accounts we have, Varoufakis and the
other ministers did nothing, not a thing, to prepare for Grexit. What
did the radical left outside of Syriza do? It seems they to did nothing.
From the limited accounts one has in English, the Greek non-Syriza left
parties also did nothing to call on the government to prepare. How about
the now trenchant critics who are now lambasting Syriza for going down
the ‘Blair road’ like John Pilger and Tariq Ali? Did they realise and
discuss a vast logistical effort that would be required? It seems that
they did not.
When Tsipras left for Europe after the triumph of the Oxi vote I think
he realised that his party, his ministers and those ministers to the
radical left of his party had left him with nothing to fight with apart
from some pats on the shoulder, a referendum result and cheers from the
crowds, all of which mean little if you are going to challenge the
teutonic beast standing far above you on top of a mountain of money.
With no organisation, no preparation, no mobilisation.. Surrender and
the signing of a temporary truce was the only possible option.
If the left/radical left of Syriza resign en masse then Syriza will move
to the center and join forces with the center left, creating a block
that will once again coral the left into the sectarian arms of the Greek
Communist Party, the KKE. Well, isnt that better ? Not quite. What did
the ‘sectarian’ so called ‘hardline communists’ of KKE do in the 1988
political crisis in Greece. Why, they joined in coalition government
with... New Democracy, the main right wing party and then with PASOK,
the centre left party.
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