Tuesday, May 8, 2012

So my Greek comrades have done pretty well for themselves....

Just chiming in for a second so that I can be on the record with this:

The radical left coalition has done amazingly well in the most recent elections in Greece, and are already shaking things up. [from the Guardian, emphasis added]

The fate of Greece is, on Tuesday night, in the hands of the leader of a far-left party who launched the quest to form a government by declaring the country could no longer commit itself to the terms of an international loan agreement keeping its economy afloat. 
After accepting a mandate to create a multiparty administration following inconclusive elections, Alexis Tsipras sent shockwaves through financial markets by announcing the pledges Athens had made to secure rescue funds from the EU and IMF were null and void. 
"The popular verdict clearly renders the bailout deal null," said the politician, whose stridently anti-austerity coalition of the radical left, known as Syriza, sprung the surprise of the weekend's poll, coming in second with 16.8% of the vote. "This is an historic moment for the left and the popular movement and a great responsibility for me."  
[...]Syriza, a coalition of ex-communists, Maoists, Trotskyists, socialists and greens[...]
Two important things to say here:

  • The Maoists are on board with this and still the KKE (a Stalin-esque party) is refusing to join the coalition!  Somebody needs to tell them that the 3rd International is long dead [hurray!] and they can stop being slaves to Soviet Union reactionary policies.
  • On the Marxist/Socialist/Communist spectrum I'm ideologically closest to the Trotskyists; when I refer to "my comrades" in the title of this post I primarily mean them.  I'm also perfectly happy to include other Eevull Commees when they are doing good work.
    • Anyway, I won't be terribly surprised if Syriza coalition ultimately disappoints on every front, but please comrades, don't let me down.

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