SYRIZA: When they say that meat is actually fish by KKE ( Communist Party of Greece)
We still remember the image of monks in the Middle Ages,
who said that meat was actually fish in order to overcome the difficulties of
the endless fasting. This image perfectly fits the developments that have been
unfolding in Greece in recent days under the SYRIZA-ANEL government. Here is
some data to support this:
SYRIZA, as an opposition party, had promised to tear up the
memoranda, which the previous governments had signed with the foreign lenders
(the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary
Fund), and which contained the antiworker-antipeople measures. SYRIZA as the
party of government revealed that it agrees with 70% of the “reforms” included
in the memoranda and disagrees with 30%, which it describes as “toxic”. Indeed
it states that it will not act unilaterally, but seeks a new agreement with the
lenders which this time will not be called a memorandum, but a program,
agreement or bridge.
SYRIZA, as an opposition party, declared war on the troika of
foreign lenders and said that it would put an end to it. SYRIZA as the party in
government states that it will talk with and answer to the “institutions”.
Which ones? The European Union, the European Central Bank and the International
Monetary fund. Indeed exactly the same people who constitute the troika
are taking part in the talks in Brussels on behalf of the “institutions”.
SYRIZA as an opposition party was scathingly critical of the
ND-PASOK government, which supported and participated in the EU’s sanctions
against Russia and accused them of being servile because of this stance.
as a party of government supported the same EU sanctions and their escalation
as well, characterizing its government’s stance as being a “significant
SYRIZA as an opposition party took a position against
privatizations. Now, as the government, according to the statement of the
Finance Minister, Y. Baroufakis, it states that “We want to move on from the
rationale of cut price sales to the rationale of their development in
partnership with the private sector and foreign investors”!
So it both adopts
privatizations in order to reinforce the private sector and it also tries to
present other methods of privatizations, like public private partnerships and
concessions to business groups etc as being beneficial.
SYRIZA as an opposition party characterized the Organization of
Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as being the “black book of
neo-liberalism”. SYRIZA as the government party received in Athens, in the very
first days of its tenure, Ángel Gurría, President of the OECD, who had a
meeting with the Prime Minister A. Tsipras. The OECD, according to the
SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government, is the organization that will help draw up a
list of measures in order to safeguard (capitalist) development in Greece.
Measures that will replace the “toxic” part of the Memorandum, the notorious
SYRIZA as an opposition party had denounced the decision of the
previous government to pay “tens of millions of euros to companies providing
legal services and financial advice”. The SYRIZA-ANEL government hired the
“Lazard” company as a consultant on issues of public debt and fiscal
management, obviously appreciating the expertise it provided to previous
governments of PASOK under G. Papandreou. This is not by chance! Besides the
new Finance Minister, Y. Varoufakis (he used to be a consultant of G.
Papandreou) resorted to the services of the former advisors of G. Papandreou,
J. Galbraith and Elena Panariti, former MP of PASOK. The former is an American
economist, professor at the University of Texas, an official of the Levy
Institute, a well-known apologist for capitalism and a supporter of a more
expansionist formula for the management of the crisis. The latter has worked
for the World Bank. In other words, both serve the system and their mechanisms.
We could add more to the list of SYRIZA’s and its “left”
government’s retractions, like the fact that a series of promises
made before the elections e.g. the increase of the minimum wage, are postponed
to the distant future. Likewise, we could point out other more striking
examples of officials and advisors from the social-democratic PASOK that are
now serving the “left” government. However, the most crucial issue is to
clarify what kind of negotiations the current Greek government is conducting
with the EU and the other creditors.
The negotiations have a concrete content which is not related to
the “alleged end of austerity” in Greece and Europe, as SYRIZA and the other
parties that participate in the Party of the European Left claim. Besides, Y.
Varoufakis has clearly stated that in the years to come, under the government
of SYRIZA the working people must continue to live “frugally”. The negotiations
are related to the needs of the business groups that arise from the
consequences of the deep capitalist crisis as well as from the course of the
uncertain capitalist recovery in Greece and in the Eurozone as a whole.
These negotiations are taking place on a terrain hostile to the
people. This is proved by the identification of the Greek government with
countries such as France, Italy and above all the USA, with all the negative
implications this stance entails. These countries may exert pressure on Germany
for their own interests but continue the same harsh political line against the
Despite its noisy propaganda about the negotiations with the EU
and the creditors, SYRIZA states at the same time that its shares a lot with them
and that it will continue the anti-people commitments of the country vis-à-vis
the EU and NATO.
Thus, the Greek people and the
other peoples should not fall into the trap of being separated into
“merkelists” and “obamites” and divided in a struggle under “false” flags. They
have to organize their struggle and demand the recovery of the losses as
regards their income and their rights. They should demand the solution of all
workers’ and people’s problems according to their contemporary needs.
struggle for the way out that will bring hope: the socialization of the
monopolies, the disengagement from the imperialist unions of the EU and NATO
with the people holding the reins of power. This will pave the way for
the only timely and realistic path that leads to the true emancipation of the
people: the construction of a new, socialist society.