February 22, 2015

The Syriza Cave-In

Filed under: Uncategorized — Russ @ 10:55 am


Of course it’s no surprise to me. As I’ve always said of any “alternative” or allegedly “radical” political party, I’ll believe they’re really committed to fighting austerity and corporate rule when they really start DOING IT.
Why is this outcome so easy to predict? Let’s leave aside the probability, always high, that the political leaders were lying all along. What’s structurally wrong, as I’ve been saying for years (a few more examples, here, here, here, here), is that people are rushing to cobble together political parties without first building the coherent movement structure which is the only non-sand basis upon which radical political parties can be built.
Sure enough, for all its rebellious rhetoric which lasted for a few days, Syriza didn’t know how to psychologically mobilize a critical mass among the people, lacked the will to overcome the sense of cultural inferiority by telling Greece “we are the true Europe, it’s they who have surrendered to the US-dominated corporate order and become US lackeys”, lacked the movement core ready to undergo the blood, sweat, tears, and toil that will be necessary to break free of Euro-domination, and ready to exercise the ruthless resolve that would be necessary against any counter-liberation, pro-austerity reactions. In the quickly-reached end they were a timorous head without a body.
The lesson again: Whatever your view of how radical the changes need to be, if you want any real change at all you can’t put the party horse before the movement cart. We first need to build a coherent, committed, aggressive anti-corporate, anti-austerity movement.
I’ll be writing more soon on my ideas for building corporate abolitionist movements in every sector, of course with special reference to my specialty, the movement to abolish corporate agriculture, which I believe is the most critical sector and at the same time the one that offers the most opportunities for citizen action from outside the system.



  1. No movement yet, but I’ve yet to meet an average citizen who’s happy with their current situation.

    Comment by tdk356 — February 22, 2015 @ 7:48 pm

    • Here in America few seem happy, though most who think about this stuff at all remain mired in the electoral system as the be-all and end-all. Most of these are still cultists of one faction or the other of the Corporate One-Party State. But to rush to “we need to vote to an alternative party”, as the system electoralist mindset will do, is really proposing to do nothing but repeat the same delusion “progressives” still harbor about the Democrat Party, and merely wants to set up another version of the Democrat party running the same exact scam. Sure enough, no sooner had Syriza caved in than I started seeing the “radical” version of the 11-dimensional chess idiocy which has hitherto been the specialty of cultist progressives.

      Comment by Russ — February 23, 2015 @ 4:09 am

  2. I’m not familiar with the “Syriza” matter. But I love the idea of an anti-corporate movement. I look forward to seeing your future posts on this topic!

    Comment by DualPersonality — February 23, 2015 @ 2:29 am

    • Thanks DP.

      Comment by Russ — February 23, 2015 @ 4:01 am

  3. If not now, then when? If not us, then who? Let the movement begin with an open and frontal resistance to the status quo of corporate rule. Let us begin where life begins – with seeds, soils, and community. Solidarity!

    Comment by Dana Allen — February 23, 2015 @ 2:31 am

    • The people working in the community rights movement are doing it, and I think that’s one of the most important threads. Nothing’s going to work if enough people don’t come to believe that political power and much of the economic base (especially with agriculture and food) needs to repose at a much less centralized, less hierarchical level, and that they need to take political responsibility for these communities themselves. It’s the opposite of the mindset that takes centralize hierarchy as a law of nature and rushes without a thought to looking for a political party operating at that level. The only way to challenge at that level is to do it from a granite foundation that was first built from the bottom up. It seems to me that’s what the community rights movement is working on, and it correctly emphasizes the local/regional level in its political campaigns. This include state-level activism, where it seeks not to elect candidates who will still govern from the top down but in the “right” way, but rather seeks ballot initiatives and legislation that would decentralize power.

      Comment by Russ — February 23, 2015 @ 4:00 am

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