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.