The Syriza party in Greece, which became the second largest party in the Greek Parliament in 2012, is about to assume power in Greece.
They are putting on a populist front and have lowered the volume on their Marxist beliefs, but they are neo-Marxists.
They are a coalition originally comprised of independent politicians including democratic socialists, left-wing populist and green left groups, as well as Maoist, Trotskyist, eurocommunist but also eurosceptic composants.
Syriza draws inspiration from the progressive anti-neoliberal changes in Latin America and retains close relations with many left forces in that region and the São Paulo Forum, a network of radical leftists including Venezuela, El Salvador and so on. They build common leftist agendas.
Its parliamentary leader is Alexis Tsipras (pictured below), formerly president of Synaspismós, the largest group in the coalition. From 2013 the coalition became a unitary party, although it retained its name with the addition of “United Social Front”.
He will likely be Greeces’ next Prime Minister.
Financial Times reports that Tsipras, 40 years of age, was a member of the pro-Moscow communist youth movement. In the not-so-distant past he has expressed hatred for the Euro and the international bailout, calling for a return to the Drachma though he claims he now wants to stay in the European Union but with a renegotiated agreement that seems unlikely to happen.
He’s now claiming he is devoted to the Euro and will allow foreign investment.
He has threatened a new wealth tax and wants to ramp up public spending for the poor, increasing the size of the welfare state.
He hopes to raise the minimum wage and has plans for the socialization of the banking system, to make it function as a public service, rather than for capitalist profit.
He is an ardent proponent of equality and social justice.
Syriza is non-interventionist in foreign policy, anti-Nato, anti-US influence and anti-free market. It’s climate change-conscious and defines itself as socialist.
Never trust a Moscow-loving neo-Marxist but the Greek people apparently will. He’s in the lead by more than 3% in the run up to the election.
Alexis Tsipras, was a student member of the pro-Moscow communist party youth movement. He was a militant in the KNE, the youth wing of the Greek Communist Party (KKE).
He burst from the margins in 2012 with a pledge to “tear up” the country’s hated international bailout while the hard-left faction of the party called for Greece to ditch the euro and return to the drachma.
He is opposed to austerity.
Mr Tsipras also terrified the Greek elite with threats to impose a new wealth tax.
More broadly, Syriza will ramp up public spending to provide benefits for the poor and renegotiate the country’s debt, which is expected to reach 173 per cent of gross domestic product next year.
Syriza are serious neo-marxists.
Greeks,” he said, “should rejoice.” The government that had put the country through an assault course of austerity would soon be over.
The onerous terms of the deeply unpopular “memoranda”, agreed with foreign lenders to keep insolvent Greece afloat, would be overturned.
This is taking place just as Greece is beginning to show signs of recovery – posting a primary surplus – before interest payments on its mountain of debt – and returning to the capital markets that cut off funding at the start of the crisis.
Market reaction to Tsipras’ lead was a instant downturn.
The spectre of Greece defaulting on its loans, and possibly crashing out of the eurozone, have been revived because Greece cannot go it alone.
They’re heading for a serious clash with their European partners. They want to renegotiate the terms of their deal for continuous loan payments.
Like Mr. Obama, he will fundamentally transform Greece. He said the ‘future has begun’.