Congratulations to the Greek Radical Left – some initial observations

Posted: May 8, 2012 by Admin in capitalist crisis, EU and Euro, Greece, Imperialism and anti-imperialism

The Radical Left in Greece (SYRIZA) has won 16.7% of the vote, gaining the second largest vote in the elections. This is the largest vote for a radical bloc in Europe in many years. Support for the two main ruling parties collapsed as Greeks sent a loud anti-austerity message.

The Communist Organisation KOE, part of SYRIZA, summed up the election results as a blow to the pro-troika (IMF-EU-ECB) political forces, and outlined the challenges ahead:

The path towards a different type of representation, a different political system, the path towards real democracy and a radical political transition, now gets open.

The people put our country on a course of a way out, leaving behind (and punishing) all those who were managing Greece during the last two years, imposing a regime of social destruction.

The great protagonists of this day, that is, the Greek people and the popular movement (which in great extent found expression in SYRIZA – Coalition of Radical Left) today shoulder a huge task: to turn this way out into a reality.

 The big vote for SYRIZA shows that growing numbers of people are becoming radicalized. At this stage, however, the opposition to the troika is primarily a protest movement.  The movement is still young and finding its feet.

As yet there don’t seem to be any sort of institutions of dual power emerging out of these very big struggles in Europe.

They’ve had general strike after general strike in Greece –  but it also means a general strike isn’t a big deal anymore, including for the ruling class.  They can sit them out and wait for them to peter out.

You can’t make a revolution from defensive actions – at some point you have to struggle for power and, as long as you don’t, the bourgeoisie don’t really have too much to fear.

That’s why May-June 68 in France frightened the bourgeoisie.  Workers started occupying  some of the major factories and on a small scale alternative forms of power started to emerge.  Unfortunately, the CP was big enough to stymie it all and the far left was just far too small to take it forward.

The far left itself probably needs to be more united and to hammer out a common strategy that has as its aim the formation of some kind of bodies of dual power which can then take the struggle to the next level.

It is possible that something like a progressive, anti-capitalist movement could take hold in Portugal, Greece, and Spain. Then add in Egypt and you could have something, not identical, but a bit like the Bolivarian development in Latin America in the past decade.

Capitalist austerity is offering pain and punishment for countries such as Greece. The resistance is growing.

For background, see: Greek lessons – in four parts

  1. William says:

    Hope this works out well for Greece and France its about time people power ruled instead of the ruling class with there huge mansions, yachts,flash cars suits bullshit etc.