Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

May 7, 2012

Insane sectarianism

Filed under: Greece,Stalinism — louisproyect @ 6:26 pm

The leader of Greece’s Communist Party (KKE) Aleka Papariga on Thursday ruled out any possibility for cooperating with the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA).

In comments made during an interview with Skai Radio, Papariga said the main reason KKE saw no scope for cooperation «that would be beneficial for the people» was that the proposal made by the leftist grouping did not stretch beyond the elections themselves.

KKE will remain in the political opposition, she said.

Describing the day after the elections, Papariga said the political landscape would resemble «quick sand.» Conservative New Democracy and socialist PASOK will continue to try and convince the public while those who still want the two parties in a coalition can have Prime Minister Lucas Papademos at the helm again, she said.

In any case the KKE leader predicted that whichever government emerges from the polls will be short-lived, leading to fresh leaks from the political parties and the creation of more new ones.

Questioned about ongoing strikes in the private sector, the communist leader remarked that there can be «no peace among workers forced to live on a monthly salary of 300 euros.”

19 Comments »

  1. Reminds me of when I visited the “old” SED offices in Görlitz in 1990 and sort of hoping that a sort of empathy where left meets left might be possible. On walking into a little room with bookshelves stuffed with books wrtiten by the holy trinity + the “special one”, of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Uncle Joe, with Uncle Joe’s “works” making up about 50% of the books on display, that hope soon evaporated.

    Interesting, to see where those “Betonköpfe” have ended up with the pro-Zionist “die Linke” now not a kick in the arse off of being “Salonfähig”. We should not be surprised if Aleka were to turn up in a coalition government with the PASOK at some time in the future.

    Comment by sanculottist — May 7, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

  2. There’s nothing “sectarian” about what the KKE did. This is exactly the kind of rotten politics CPs have been engaged in since, as we say in the US, Huck was a pup. They would rather make a coalition with any bourgeois or petty-bourgeois party, rather than a genuinely left wing group.

    Comment by RED DASVE — May 7, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

  3. What do you expect from Stalinists?

    Comment by purple — May 8, 2012 @ 3:40 am

  4. They are deep in third period shit. A comrade reports that supporters of KKE have stated that SYRIZA is no better than the Nazi “Golden Dawn” party. This is “social fascism” all over. Unbelievable.

    Comment by christian h. — May 8, 2012 @ 5:08 am

  5. Are there any dipshits in the USA, like maybe the CP, who defend this? Or is the CP to fucking dumb to know where Greece is?

    Comment by RED DAVE — May 8, 2012 @ 5:15 am

  6. Ridiculous. Absolute stupidity.

    Comment by Neil — May 8, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

  7. This is a golden opportunity for forces to the left of the KKE to supplant them, otherwise all their griping and criticisms of the KKE will be for naught.

    Comment by Binh — May 8, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

  8. Maybe they don’t want the poisoned chalice. Greece really is a basket case.

    Comment by Steve — May 8, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

  9. “Greece really is a basket case”. What cynicism. No it ain’t.

    And this *is* the sectarianism of a large sect, and not just stalinism.

    Anyway, to the point. KKE knows that the question of entering into a government with SYRIZA is a red herring, as there is no practical chance of this, since Greek election law grants an extra 50 seats to the #1 vote getting party, and that is the conservative ND, even though their effort was a fail in this election.

    The real issue is the formation of a United Front of the left and working class parties to fight against whatever austerity gov’t is rammed down the throats of the Greeks, and – not to be slighted – to take the offensive against the fascist “golden dawn”.

    The parliamentary situation is just a cover to avoid exposing their rank and file to other Left currents in joint activity. Because they might lose them in the face of the present situation.

    Comment by matthewrusso9 — May 9, 2012 @ 4:18 am

  10. I don’t think this falls into the category of sectarianism. In my view it’s a different mistake:
    http://kasamaproject.org/2012/05/08/antarsya-another-radical-view-from-greece/
    http://kasamaproject.org/2012/05/08/greece-actually-overthrowing-the-troika-or-merely-seeking-left-unity/

    Comment by Binh — May 9, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

  11. Describing this left posturing by the Greek Stalinists as sectarian is dumb. The real attitude of the Stalinist towards the radical left is murderous not sectarian. The Stalinists have spotted an opportunity to pose as to the left of the `revolutionary’ left who have ended up with more votes than they hoped for and certainly more than they wanted. When Stalinist take a sectarian or Third Periodist attitude to the social democrats it is because they want to divide the revolution when they posture to the left of the left it is because they want to divide the left. They are out maneouvering their more naive centrist brothers. Unfortunately Binh this is not the golden opportunity of which you speak but a clever piece of Stalinist cynicism acting on Syriza’s previous opportunism. I agree with Matthew Russo’s points though of course he might not agree with my points about Syriza.

    Comment by David Ellis — May 9, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

  12. The KKE’s analysis, is not inaccurate: “The reforming of the bourgeois political scene, which still finds itself in a transitional phase, serves the attempt to inhibit the tendency of radicalisation, 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.” ( From point two of ‘Statement of the CC of the KKE on the election result of the 6th May 2012).

    However, they 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. One such opportunity might be showing Wall Street, Berlin and Brussels the finger and at least give them a fright before we give them a fight.
    http://sansculottism.wordpress.com/

    Comment by sanculottist — May 9, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

  13. I’ll try to reply to these very interesting links when l get home.

    Comment by matthewrusso9 — May 9, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

  14. […] verdacht veel op het terecht gediscrediteerde model van Oost-Europese eenpartijstaten lijkt. Ze weigert samenwerking met het veel opener Syriza. Dat dit Syriza deze naargeestig stalinistische KKE bij de verkiezingen […]

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  15. From sanculottist: “However, they 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. One such opportunity might be showing Wall Street, Berlin and Brussels the finger and at least give them a fright before we give them a fight.”

    This is unclear. Are you justifying the stance of the KKE?

    (By the way, if your screen name refers to the revolutionary artisans of 1789, it sould be spelled “sansculottist.”)

    Comment by RED DAVE — May 10, 2012 @ 11:37 am

  16. “Unfortunately Binh this is not the golden opportunity of which you speak but a clever piece of Stalinist cynicism acting on Syriza’s previous opportunism.”

    You don’t think what is happening in Greece is a historic opportunity for revolutionaries to supplant the mass support PASOK and the KKE enjoy because the KKE is cynical and SYRIZA is opportunist?

    Comment by Binh — May 10, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

  17. […] verdacht veel op het terecht gediscrediteerde model van Oost-Europese éénpartijstaten lijkt. Ze weigert samenwerking met het veel opener Syriza. Dat dit Syriza deze naargeestig stalinistische KKE bij de verkiezingen heeft overvleugeld als […]

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  18. […] verdacht veel op het terecht gediscrediteerde model van Oost-Europese éénpartijstaten lijkt. Ze weigert samenwerking met het veel opener Syriza. Dat dit Syriza deze naargeestig stalinistische KKE bij de verkiezingen heeft overvleugeld als […]

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  19. […] verdacht veel op het terecht gediscrediteerde model van Oost-Europese éénpartijstaten lijkt. Ze weigert samenwerking met het veel opener Syriza. Dat dit Syriza deze naargeestig stalinistische KKE bij de verkiezingen heeft overvleugeld als […]

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