The “Crocodile tears” must stop!
It is true that the
development of the capitalist crisis in Greece which has been accompanied by an unprecedented assault on the rights
of the working class and popular strata, as well as by the correspondingly intense sharpening of the class struggle, has caught
the attention of the workers in other countries. Within this framework even bourgeois political forces, which bear enormous
responsibility for this anti-people offensive, state that they “sympathize” with the Greek people, taking good
care to conceal the causes of the problems which the people are experiencing: the capitalist crisis, the entrapment of the
country in imperialist unions like NATO and the EU, the capitalist exploitation.
of the “New Left” are making statements within this context, like the letter of the President of the European
Left Party (ELP) and GS of the PCF, Pierre Laurent, on the subject of Greece, which you published in the letters’
In reality the problem
which the working class and the other popular strata are facing in Greece is not a problem of “democracy”,
the imposition of anti-people measures from outside, by “European leaders and the IMF”, as P. Laurent writes.
Nor is the coalition government of social-democratic PASOK and liberal New Democracy (ND) a “victim” of some “European
leaders and the IMF”, as the situation is being presented through the distorting lenses of the President of the ELP.
The truth is that these
measures, which are being taken under the pretext of the large public debt, have as their goal the strengthening of capital’s
profitability in Greece, through the dramatic reduction of the price of labour power. We should not forget that
at this very moment 600 billion euros (almost double Greece’s public debt) can be found deposited by Greek capitalists in
Switzerland’s banks alone!
Therefore, these are
measures which fully correspond to the interests of the capitalists in order to foist the crisis onto the people so that Greece
can enter a course of capitalist development and so that the capital which has been accumulated in the previous period can
find a profitable outlet. They are measures which were jointly decided on within the framework of the EU by the Greek government
and the bourgeois class which is served by both governing parties and was not imposed by some “European leaders and
the IMF”. All these measures to a greater or lesser extent existed in the programmes of PASOK and New Democracy, and
moreover they had been timetabled by the EU treaties beginning with the Maastricht Treaty. This is why the working classes
of Greece and Britain-and of course others- have amassed a great deal of negative experience regarding the EU
and its anti-people role. At the same time when the representative of the ELP in Greece, Synaspismos, after voting for the
Maastricht Treaty, fostered and continues systematically to foster illusions regarding the EU, presenting the participation
of Greece in the EU as the only possible path, in opposition to the KKE which struggles for the disengagement of the country
from the EU with people’s power.
The President of the
ELP talks about the “supervision” of the Troika in Greece. Is he really not aware of the fact that Greece’s
bourgeois class has consciously preferred for decades now to actively participate in the imperialist unions of NATO and the
EU and that this participation within the framework of the interdependent relations which are created, provides for the ceding
of sovereign rights to the EU and NATO? Does he not know that, for example, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) does not
leave any room for development in the sector of the agricultural economy in the people’s interests? We should remind
him that Greece before it joined the EEC-EU had a surplus balance of trade in agricultural products, while today, due to the
CAP, it even imports those agricultural products which are cultivated in Greece, while hundreds of thousands of small and
medium-sized farmers have been added to the “army” of the unemployed.
The accession of Greece
to the EU, which the President of the ELP avoids mentioning-instead blaming some “European leaders” in general
terms-as well as the exorbitant military spending on NATO, the policy of capital’s tax exemptions in the context of
the economy’s “competitiveness”, which was followed in the past by the PASOK-ND governments constitute the
“sources” of the inflated public debt and deficits for which the Greek people bear no responsibility.
Of course, this “oversight”
on the part of the President of the ELP does not concern us as we know that the ELP swears allegiance to the EU and is generously
funded by it as a “European party”, that is to say as a party which accepts the “principles” of capitalist
exploitation which distinguish the EU- the predatory alliance of the monopolies. Moreover ELP has made commitments to this
in its statutes and founding documents!
The proposals of the
ELP regarding “development”, an allegedly “pro-people social fund” etc do not call into question capitalist
power at all. On the contrary, the ELP and international opportunism play the leading role in the creation of illusions by
prettifying imperialist organizations such as the EU and the ECB, i.e. that they can allegedly become pro-people, when more
and more workers not only in Greece understand that capitalism cannot solve the basic problems of the people.
The ELP by supporting
the EU and the exploitative system has chosen sides. For this reason it constitutes a tool for the mutation of the CPs and
the eradication of their communist characteristics. It does not challenge the opponents of the working class and the poor
popular strata in Greece however many appeals it may make.
Nevertheless the experience
and course of the working class struggles in Greece, in the front line of which are to be found communists and the class-oriented
trade union movement, PAME, highlights that more and more workers are being radicalised when they bypass the “sermons”
of the bourgeois and opportunists for class “collaboration” and “social cohesion”, when they ignore
“their crocodile tears” regarding the burdens which the workers are shouldering.
It is on this path
that the working class can achieve the ultimate goal of its struggle, the abolition of capitalist power and the construction
Relations Section of the CC
in the “Morning Star”, 5.3.2012