Mix and Match
"This is not our Europe. This is only the Europe we want to change. In place of a Europe of fear of unemployment, disability, old-age and poverty; in the place of the current Europe that redistributes income to the rich and fear to the poor; in place of a Europe in the service of bankers’ needs, we want a Europe in the service of human needs."
"Finally, the real issue facing the Greek left is how to unite people
on a class basis against a ruling class that is tightly coupled to the
German bourgeoisie. Syriza offers a framework for revolutionaries that
will enable them to connect with millions of Greeks who have not yet
achieved a revolutionary consciousness. Unlike the Greek Communist
Party, Syriza is relatively open and transparent—a function of the
“reformism” that Callinicos disdains. The alternative to the CP and
Syriza is the tiny and inconsequential Antarsya that is united around
the need for revolution but a “reformist” party that can begin to serve as a pole of attraction for revolutionaries.
In the event that Syriza is elected and fails to carry out its mandate,
it will be up to its left wing to push the agenda for overcoming
austerity in the only way possible: overthrowing Greek capitalism."
"The fact is that the leaders of erstwhile socialist parties have been
talking the talk of responsible capitalism for a very long time. It was
how they covered their tracks as they retreated from offering people a
way out of the rat race of capitalism – rather than compensation for
being losers in it – even in the postwar era. Those who imagine that the
progressive reforms achieved in that era stand as proof today that a
responsible capitalism is possible are sorely mistaken. On the contrary,
the undoing of those reforms after just a few decades shows that a responsible capitalism is indeed a contradiction in terms.
"On the basis of the massive defeat of the forces behind the Yes vote
in the referendum, and the opposition party leaders resignation, the
other mainstream party leaders joined with Syriza in backing the plan
the Institutions had rejected before and coupled that with support for
Syriza's position. This was that once the plug had been pulled on the
extension of the old government's memorandum, they would all support
coupling fiscal restraint and structural reforms with substantial debt
restructuring and investment funds in immediate negotiations on a new
three year memorandum..
The hope that this might be pulled off was enhanced by indications
that the U.S. government was putting pressure both on the IMF and the
Merkel government. This was fed by IMF signals on the importance of very
significant debt restructuring in a new three year deal...
What Alexis Tsipras and (the new Finance Minister) Euclid Tsakalotos
took to the final negotiations last Saturday, as passed by the Greek
parliament, was not all that different than the plan that has been
forwarded to the Institutions and rejected before the referendum. And
they took courage from the fact that the negotiations were now about a
new three year deal rather than continuing the drip-feeding from the old
memorandum with which they had been strangled from February to June.
There was now even a clear split on the side of the European
interlocutors over whether to accommodate what Tsipras was bringing to
the table. "
"I am long past the point when I expect anything different. I never had an(y) expectations that Syriza would be victorious...I take everything in stride."
"I acknowledge the fiscal
measures are harsh, that they won't benefit the Greek economy, but I'm
forced to accept them."
Full disclosure: Even I get sick of my sarcasm at times. I acknowledge what a harsh, severe, relentless, abrasive bastard I am, when it comes to these things. Really. But how else can you deal with the selective memory loss, the cognitive dissonance, that is so essential to the pathology that is repetitive leftism?
July 16, 2015