Good video clip from Real News in which Costas Lapavitsas, a professor of economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, gives us a political analysis of the Greek elections and sees the radical left coalition SYRIZA (ΣΥΡΙΖΑ), as the real victors in those elections. Therefore, his contention that those elections represent Greece’s first step in leaving the Euro would appear to be substantiated by the fact that Alexis Tsipras, the group’s leader, is already looking for partners to form a government with while saying that, “The public verdict has clearly nullified the loan agreement and pledges sent to Europe and the IMF.” A head-on collision with Brussels and Berlin appears inevitable.
However, it is not that simple and while Tsipras’s might be correct when he says that some 66% of the votes in the Greek election went to parties who didn’t support the terms of the bailout, it might be a good idea for him, to look at who exactly those votes went to. Indeed, if we were to do the same we might quickly come to the conclusion that, even with an increased vote after another election, SYRIZA, is not quite the victor that Mr Lapavitsas is making it out to be. Indeed, with the leader of Greece’s Communist Party (KKE) Aleka Papariga, ruling out from the outset any possibility of cooperation with her party, and with Fotis Kouvelis from the Democratic Left party rejecting Tsipras advances yesterday, there can be no coalition in which any real left wing party dominates.
It is, however, when we delve into the Statement of the CC of the KKE on the election result of the 6th May 2012 that we are confronted with an almost uncanny self-fulfilling prophecy and one which evokes ghosts of Weimar. The second of seven points reads in part:
“The reforming of the bourgeois political scene, which still finds itself in a transitional phase, serves the attempt to inhibit the tendency of radicalization, and the liberation from the bourgeois and political influence. Its main characteristic is the restoration of the centre-right and centre-left, the recomposition of social democracy with the forces of Syriza initially as its core.”
Of course, rejected out of hand by the KKE and unable to do a deal with the Democratic Left, SYRIZA will have to rely totally on PASOK (Panhellenic Socialist Movement), which has dominated Greek politics along with the rival conservatives New Democracy for four decades and which is very much a part of the bourgeois political scene. Unfortunately, while we might have hoped for a some effort by the KKE to identify with progressive elements in both SYRIZA and PASOK (although with the latter at least this would have been an almost Sisyphus task) and to have at least tried to work constructively in a government which might have rejected the austerity measures being imposed by the IMF and the European Central Bank, or to be more accurate, by Berlin, Brussels and Wall Street.
The Central Committee of the KKE should be careful, for history does indeed repeat itself and not only was the SPD in Germany in the 1930s very different from the NSDAP, but PASOK is also very different from Nikolaos Michaloliakos’s fascist Golden Dawn and while any reforming of the bourgeois political scene should be frowned upon, one which leads to communists and left-wing social democrats having a share in power can offer opportunities which a life in the political wilderness or in a prison cannot.