Monday, 29 June 2015


"The far-left faction in Syriza was gearing up on Sunday to campaign for a “no” vote by promoting their vision of leaving the eurozone, readopting the drachma and seeking special relationships with Russia and China.

“This is the moment of we’ve been waiting for, a chance to let the people decide,” said Alekos, a member of the Communist Tendency, an extreme faction in Syriza.” The problem is that there’s so little time to take the message to the countryside.”" (source: FT 28.06.15)

The best outcome in the Greek referendum would be a No vote to what the EU is offering Greece (ie., more economic attacks on the people of Greece). While the Syriza leadership are showing no real road map and blueprint to the Greek people for an exit from the Euro which a No vote would deliver, the best outcome is a No vote and then teaming-up with Russia, China etc. But like I said, as far as I know, Syriza are giving no clarity and details as to what their plan is if they win the referendum.

Giving no detailed plan to your people (like I said, I might be wrong and they are, but I have no heard about it), especially when it entails such major historical shifts reflects poorly on your leadership.
However, the whole orientation thus far is for the Syriza leadership to want to stay in europe. History is pushing them in another direction, pushing them very reluctantly out of 'europe' and into the world.

Worst case scenario, Syriza loses this election then they would lose political power and the right and their allies in the EU will take some revenge, and all the hopes of Syriza's leadership of "saving european imperialism for the benefit of the Greek working class" (Varoufakis) will look a bit silly as objective reality states that there is no real change to the order in europe lest you debunk to the Global South. These are major questions of anti-imperialism, ie., the potential transitions of peripheral imperialist countries (like Greece), into the Global South orbit.

However, there is hardly any massive openings from the Global South towards Greece. Franky, the Global South has more important things to pursue for itself than bailing out the Greeks. Aside from some minor murmurings about Greece joining the BRICS bank and Putin happily flirting with Syriza and teasing the EU therefor, not much forthcoming from the BRICS etc.

So are we to argue that the best that we can hope for is Syriza managing the austerity relationship with its EU masters and basically just as much damage limitation as they can hope for.

Or can the Greek struggle with and beyond Syriza radicalise the situation more? There have been plenty of countries that have sacrificed a hell of a lot to get independence and an anti-imperialist state, why can't hypothetically the Greeks engage in that? Plenty of our peoples and countries have sacrificed and struggled to become relatively functional, we are not going to expect that at all of the Greeks? If not, why? Because they are 'europeans' and to 'civilised' for such sacrifice and struggle (no one is saying that, but this is part of the sub text imho in this entire conversation)?

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

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