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The Greek Crisis

category international | eu | opinion/analysis author Tuesday June 30, 2015 20:45author by Paddy Hackett Report this post to the editors

Syriza cannot solve the problems of the Greek working class

The various programmes advanced by much of the radical left are lodged within the limits of capitalism. But it these very limits that the Greek financial crisis is manifesting. Leftists proposing the limits of capitalism to solve those very limits is a contradiction.

The referendum is a decision made by the Syriza government because it has run out of road. Syriza lacking strategic vision is entrapped in a political cul de sac. Its politics have reached their limits. After approximately five months of negotiating with the EU leadership the abject result is capitulation to austerity. The recent draft deal would have meant the acceptance of even more austerity. Accepting such a deal would have split Syriza and alienated much of its popular support. Rather than face this it fell back on the referendum tactic. But this forthcoming referendum can only add to the confusion and further demoralisation of the Greek working class. This is because the referendum is ambiguous. It is not clear as to what it is about. It is not clear as to whether it concerns a vote for or against the Euro and even EU membership. The brevity of the campaign and the surrounding financial conditions entailing bank holidays, capital controls and cash withdrawal restrictions may not help debate. The referendum, as it stands, is a manifestation of the political bankruptcy of Syriza.

Should the public vote yes in this forthcoming referendum it will mean the transfer of political power back to the previous conservative Greek forces. In that way Syriza will have, in effect, surrendered power to these conservative forces thereby missing a golden opportunity to actively participate in the radicalisation of the Greek and European masses towards the seizure of popular power and the establishment of communism. But Syriza's very nature prevented it from such an achievement. Its function is the disarming of the Greek working class.

The Greek crisis is an acute and concrete manifestation of the limits of capitalism. The Greek crisis can only be resolved on a European and global basis through the popular democratic establishment of communist society. It is not a choice between being in or outside of the Euro. Both choices are capitalist I character entailing austerity. Anti-austerity is only realizable through a popular based social revolution that transcends the limits and contradictions of capitalism.

The various programmes advanced by much of the radical left are lodged within the limits of capitalism. But it these very limits that the Greek financial crisis is manifesting. Leftists proposing the limits of capitalism to solve those very limits is a contradiction.

The principal problem, then, is not the bourgeoisie. The principal problem is the failure of the working class to recognise through its experience the Greek situation as a manifestion of the limits of capitalism. This is not, as such, an objective problem but a subjective one. It is a problem of the consciousness of the Greek and European working class --class consciousness. Capitalism in the form of the Greek crisis is telling the working class that it, capitalism, has limits and thereby cannot satisfy the needs of the workers. Yet the working class resist this thereby persisting in the maintenance of the deluded image of a capitalism that can overcome its own limits.

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author by Mike Novackpublication date Wed Jul 15, 2015 14:55author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The Greeks do NOT get to choose universal global communism.

They only get to choose communism for themselves. At least you are honest enough to recognize that this would not necessarily solve their austerity problem. All they would get to choose is how nto farily share among themselves the pain of the austerity instead of outsiders dictating that.

The problem of the Greeks is NOT their current indebtedness so much as their need for more borrowing in the foreseeable future. A sovereign borrower can always repudiate past debts, but the price for that is nobody willing to lend anything to them for a long time, including foreign trade credits necessary to do foreign trade without direct barter deals.

Please do note that I am allowing your original premise to pass unchallenged. That does not mean that I share your confidence that universal global communism by itself would go what you think it would. We all separately going communist , that's universal, yes? Might not be enough to make us willing to share with "others". Perhaps you meant universal communism PLUS strong "one-worldism".

 
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