Edward from Golden Dawn NYC: IF communists and capitalists are so different, then why are they always in the same corner? How does a leading member of the Communist party of Greece, Aleka Papariga, rationalize embracing and politically protecting the human embodiment of crony capitalism and exploitation? Better yet, how do streamline conservatives, many who have ancestors that died at the hands of Bolshevism in the Greek Civil War, justify it?
We often say that the political system in Greece is bipolar, not a multi-party system. There are only two political parties competing for the vote of the Greek people, despite what is said and written.
On the one hand there is Golden Dawn, the only real force against kleptocracy and on the other there is the junta of political parties, thieves, and careerists who always support one another in a time where their undeserved wealth and privileges at the people’s expense is coming under fire.
The recent example of this collaboration is regarding a referendum on a major national and social issue: the privatization of the Greek power company PPC. The first was the proposal for a referendum by SYRIZA. When this was realized, Golden Dawn- as outlined in our ideology and platform-vowed to support any effort to preserve the public ownership of the company, and began to inquire for political parties to stand together on the issue.
Representatives of SYRIZA responded to this gesture with scorn. In order to open up a discussion on referendum, the signature of 120 parliament members is required. Golden Dawn announced it would support the coalition against the privatization of PPC, which would give them enough signatures, but SYRIZA refuses to allow Golden Dawn to sign. The Communist Party of Greece, in turn, has refused to support the SYRIZA bill, but SYRIZA has vowed to revise it to suit KKE’s demands. But even then, without Golden Dawn, it would be very difficult to officially put this into motion.
The whole debacle is very strange, and has certainly breathed new life into the unpopular Samaras-Venizelos junta. SYRIZA is intimidated by the fact that Golden Dawn is more consistently anti-memorandum than they are, as this façade is pretty much the only reason some Greeks voted for SYRIZA in the first place. More and more of SYRIZA’s voters are beginning to see it as a systematic party, and they cannot pull the wool over people’s eyes any longer.
At the end of the day, SYRIZA’s stubborn policy led to the splintering of the anticipated coalition against this proposal and all the parties wound up tabling their own suggestions. Tsipras’ actions wound up sabotaging the greatest possible chance to halt the Greek government’s sell off of our resources, while Golden Dawn showed diplomacy in the name of objective Greek interests. Not only has the coalition government been humiliated, but the so-called “anti-government” ones have been exposed as what they are: a rouse to keep things going according to plan.
The point of view of the Samaras-loving Communist Papariga was that KKE rejected a unified proposal due to greater ideological reasons, IE, the referendum shouldn’t be just about the “small PPC”, but instead about the privatization of Greek energy in general. The communist party’s question is certainly valid and deserves serious discussion, but at the moment it is a distraction which has emboldened the junta of Venizelos-Samaras.