ΣΥΡΙΖΑ in Greece

It was a pleasure listening to Alexis Tsipras of the ΣΥΡΙΖΑ Coalition in Greece school the BBC host yesterday in Politics 101. She asked, with that annoying tone of British exasperation in her voice: “Don’t you see that you are going to destroy the debt deal and that Greece may have to leave the EU? Why can’t you compromise with the Socialists?” 

“We ran on a platform opposing the debt deal,” he replied, “pledging to oppose it, and we received votes based on that pledge, so now, if we do the opposite, and go along with it, and accept, e.g., the mandatory decrease in the minimum wage, or what I call ‘Hungarian wages with German prices’, what do we have left? Our credibility as a political party depends on our doing what we said we would do!”

I hope the German Left is watching this, not just Die Linke, but SPD and the Greens as well. And the Socialists in France. And the Democrats in the USA. 

 
It’s basic: Do what you pledge to do, and we’ll vote for you again. Don’t do it, and we won’t. 

What the West needs is more political parties like the coalition Συνασπισμός Ριζοσπαστικής Αριστεράς, not fewer. If Greece ends up leaving the EU, it will be because of a surplus of democratic spirit, not a lack. 

Democracy is messy, people. 

A Democracy shouldn’t allow the central banks, the financiers, to run their country, and tell them what to do. 

A Democracy shouldn’t let the banks set the conditions of life, and make the lives of the people miserable with their “austerity” song and dance (which is only austerity for the poor), and their bullshite crisis capitalism. 

Economics and its “laws” are not natural — they are the result of human choice; choice about who eats, and who starves, who lives, and who dies.

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