Upcoming Elections in Greece: Down with the Pro-Memorandum Parties! Critical Support for LAE (Popular Unity)!

For a New Workers’ Party with a Revolutionary Program! For Working Class Internationalism instead of Narrow-minded, Nationalistic Left Reformism!

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 13.9.2015, www.thecommunists.net

  1. The upcoming 20 September spot elections in Greece are taking place at a crucial moment. They are the result of a manoeuvre by SYRIZA’s leadership – with the support of European imperialism – to confuse the popular masses at the moment of their greatest betrayal. On 5 July nearly 62% of the people voted OXI (No) against the austerity policy dictated by the EU-Troika. However, only a few days later the Tsipras government betrayed the popular will. It accepted and passed in parliament the so-called Third Memorandum which is far worse than any other EU dictate previously imposed on Greece!
  2. However, a minority of SYRIZA’s MP voted against the Third Memorandum and ultimately split from the party. This left wing – together with others – has founded a new party called Λαϊκή Ενότητα (Laïkí Enótita [LAE] which means Popular Unity) which is led by the former Minister of Energy in the Tsipras cabinet, Panagiotis Lafazanis. LAE denounced the capitulation of Tsipras to the EU as well as its collaboration with the Zionist Apartheid state of Israel. It proposes Greece’s exit from the EU and the Eurozone and opposes the country’s membership in NATO.
  3. However, as we have outlined in our last statement, the LAE leadership supports a reformist, popular-frontist, and nationalist program. It is spreading illusionary hopes for growth and wealth for the people via a Keynesian state-capitalist program of investments and social reforms without overthrowing the ruling capitalist class. Its program for a “patriotic popular front” aims to form alliances with “progressive” sectors of the bourgeoisie. While the party has still not been completely consolidated, it’s clear that it is aspiring to become a new version of SYRIZA, i.e., the party which just demonstrated its inability to serve the interests of the working class and the popular masses!
  4. The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) calls for Greek workers and oppressed to critically cast their vote for LAE in the upcoming elections. We support LAE not because of its program but because, in the present situation, it represents that sector of the workers’ vanguard which played a crucial role in organizing the OXI movement and which ultimately broke with the dominant reformist party, SYRIZA. It is precisely this sector of the workers’ vanguard which can play a central role in the next period of class struggle. Therefore, this is the sector to which revolutionaries should orient themselves, with the aim of helping these workers overcome their illusions in left reformism. Consequently, revolutionaries should combine agitation for a critical vote for LAE with criticism of its program, while making demands on its leadership to mobilize mass actions against the austerity policy in the workplaces, schools and on the streets – both before and after the elections.
  5. We do not call for a critical vote for the Stalinist KKE, which is just another left-reformist party. While they also voted against the Third Memorandum, the sectarianism of their leadership during the period leading up to the historic referendum of 5 July made certain that they will not be capable of forging any links with the historic OXI movement. Instead, the KKE leadership foolishly remains steadfast in its attempts to build a caricature-like “Socialism in one Party,” hoping for better days ahead.
  6. Neither do we call for a vote for the alliance of ANTARSYIA and EEK. While their joint program is certainly far more progressive than that of LAE, they represent only small forces among the Greek electorate. We contend that, in a period like the present one, it is crucial for revolutionaries to orient themselves to those sectors of the workers’ vanguard which are moving leftward. As a matter of fact, ANTARSYA – a coalition of centrist organizations – has failed to organize the workers’ vanguard despite enjoying most favorable conditions. After four or five years of repeated general strikes, pre-revolutionary and revolutionary situations, ANTARSYA – irrespective of the courageous and valuable work of many of the comrades working inside it – is no stronger electorally than it was previously. All the important political developments we have witnessed – the rapid growth of SYRIZA, the rise of the OXI movement, the split within SYRIZA and the creation of LAE – all have taken place in sectors which, because of its sectarianism, ANTARSYA has ignored in the past years.
  7. It is crucial that revolutionaries engage in the political debates within LAE and put forth a transitional program of action. No less important, revolutionaries should see to it that LAE becomes an activist party, organizing mass mobilizations against the upcoming attacks on the working class and the popular masses. Revolutionaries should frankly and openly explain that the most important arena of class struggle is not electoral politics but rather on the streets and in the workplaces, schools, and universities. Consequently they should agitate for a battle plan oriented to the formation of action committees in all workplaces, neighborhoods, schools, universities, and villages; and mobilize for indefinite general strikes and occupations as well as for the formation of self-defense units to defend the workers’ movement against the fascists and the police. Revolutionaries should explain that capitalism cannot be overthrown by general strikes but only by an armed insurrection of the working class and youth.
  8. Advocating such a program and tactics must be combined with the building of a revolutionary workers’ party on the national level as part of a new workers’ international. Such a revolutionary party must fight for a socialist revolution in Greece and throughout Europe. The RCIT calls upon all revolutionaries who agree with such a perspective for the Greek and international revolution to join forces. We look forward to working together with Greek socialists in implementing such a political and organizational program!

International Secretariat of the RCIT

For our analyses on Greece, we refer readers to:

* RCIT: Greece: SYRIZA Splits after Tsipras-Government Capitulates to the EU. For a new Workers’ Party with a Revolutionary Program instead of nationalist narrow-minded Left Reformism, 25.8.2015, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/syriza-splits/

* RCIT: SYRIZA betrays Greece’s Workers and Poor – “OXI” was not meant as a “YES” to another austerity program! For the organization of mass resistance against the betrayal of the Tsipras government! Left wing in SYRIZA: Fight against the party leaders who are lackeys of the EU-Bosses! 11.7.2015, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/syriza-betrayal/

* RCIT: 61.3% Vote OXI in the Greek Referendum: A Victory for the Entire European Working Class! A battle has been won, but the war against the EU and IMF continues! Nationalize the banks and media under workers’ control! 6.7.2015, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/greece-after-referendum/

* RCIT: Greetings to All Greek Socialists Who Are Campaigning for a Vote of OXI in 5 July Referendum. Solidarity Message from the RCIT, 3.7.2015, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/greece-solidarity-greetings/

* RCIT: Referendum in Greece on 5 July: Vote OXI! against the EU-Troika! No to any Austerity Program! Break with the EU and IMF! Nationalize the Banks and Media under Workers’ Control! 30.6.2015, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/greece-referendum-oxi/

* RCIT: Greetings to All Greek Socialists Who Are Campaigning for a Vote of OXI in 5 July Referendum, 3.7.2015, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/greece-solidarity-greetings/

* Brazil Trade Unionists: Solidarity with the Greek Resistance against the EU-Troika! http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/brazil-solidarity-with-greece/

* RCIT: Greece: No to the Surrender of the SYRIZA Leadership! 26.2.2015, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/syriza-surrenders/

* RCIT: Greek Elections: SYRIZA Wins … and Forms an Alliance with Reactionary Racists! 27.1.2015, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/greece-syriza-anel/

* RCIT: Elections in Greece: Vote SYRIZA but Don’t Trust the Tsipras Leadership! Organize the Struggle in Workplaces, Schools, and on the Streets! Fight for a Workers’ Government! 22.1.2015, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/greece-election-statement/

* RCIT: Greece: Honor Pavlos Fyssas! Smash the fascist Golden Dawn, 21.9.2013, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/greece-smash-golden-dawn/

* RCIT: Greece: Down with the Trial against Savas Michael-Matsas! 23.7.2013, www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/greece-solidarity-with-savas-matsas

* Nina Gunić: Solidarity with the Hunger Strike in Greece! Forward to a Revolutionary Migrant Movement! April 2013, www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/greece-solidarity-with-migrant-strike

* Michael Pröbsting: After the elections on 17th June: A new phase of the Greek Revolution is beginning! 19.6.2012, www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/greece-after-17-6-elections

* Michael Pröbsting: Greece: For a Workers’ Government! Critical electoral support for SYRIZA and KKE! Workers: Organize and prepare yourselves for the struggle for power! 6.6.2012, www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/greece-for-a-workers-government

* Michael Pröbsting: After SYRIZA’s victory in the Greek elections: The question of a Workers Government and the revolutionary way forward, May 2012, www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/after-the-greek-elections

* Michael Pröbsting: Perspectives on the Greek Revolution, 10.11.2011, www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/greece-revolution-or-tragedy

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About RCIT Britain

What the RCIT stands for Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)is a revolutionary combat organisation fighting for the liberation of the working class and all oppressed. It has national sections in a number of countries. The working class is composed of all those (and their families) who are forced to sell their labor power as wage earners to the capitalists. The RCIT stands on the theory and practice of the revolutionary workers’ movement associated with the names of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky. Capitalism endangers our lives and the future of humanity. Unemployment, war, environmental disasters, hunger, and exploitation are all part of everyday life under capitalism as are the imperialistic oppression of nations, the national oppression of migrants, and the oppression of women, young people, and homosexuals. Therefore, we want to eliminate capitalism. The liberation of the working class and all oppressed is possible only in a classless society without exploitation and oppression. Such a society can only be established internationally. Therefore, the RCIT is fighting for a socialist revolution at home and around the world. This revolution must be carried out and lead by the working class, for only this class has the collective power to bring down the ruling class and build a socialist society. The revolution cannot proceed peacefully because a ruling class never has nor ever will voluntarily surrender its power. By necessity, therefore, the road to liberation includes armed rebellion and civil war against the capitalists. The RCIT is fighting for the establishment of workers’ and peasants’ republics, where the oppressed organize themselves in councils democratically elected in rank-and-file meetings in factories, neighbourhoods, and schools. These councils, in turn, elect and control the government and all other statue authorities, and always retain the right to recall them. Authentic socialism and communism have nothing to do with the so-called “socialism” that ruled in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and which continues to do so in China and Cuba, for example. In these countries, the proletariat was and is dominated and oppressed by a privileged party bureaucracy. Under capitalism, the RCIT supports all efforts to improve the living conditions of the workers and oppressed, while simultaneously striving to overthrow this system based on economic exploitation of the masses. Towards these ends, we work from within the trade unions where we advocate class struggle, socialism, and workers’ democracy. But trade unions and social democracy are controlled by a bureaucracy perniciously connected with the state and capital via status, high-paying jobs, and other privileges. Thus, the trade union bureaucracy is far from the interests and living conditions of its members, based as it is on the top, privileged layers of the working class – a labor aristocracy which has no real interest in replacing capitalism. Therefore, the true struggle for the liberation of the working class, the toppling of capitalism and the establishment of socialism, must be based on the broad mass of the proletariat rather than their “representative” from the upper trade union strata. We also fight for the expropriation of the big land owners as well as for the nationalisation of the land and its distribution to the poor and landless peasants. Towards this goal we struggle for the independent organisation of the rural workers. We support national liberation movements against oppression. We also support the anti-imperialist struggles of oppressed peoples against the great powers. Within these movements we advocate a revolutionary leadership as an alternative to nationalist or reformist forces. While the RCIT strives for unity of action with other organizations, we are acutely aware that the policies of social democrats and pseudo-revolutionary groups are dangerous, and ultimately represent an obstacle to the emancipation of the working class, peasants, and the otherwise oppressed. In wars between imperialist states we take a revolutionary defeatist position: we do not support either side, but rather advocate the transformation of the war into a civil war against the ruling class in each of the warring states. In wars between imperialist powers (or their stooges) and a semi-colonial countries we stand for the defeat of the former and the victory of the oppressed countries. As communists, we maintain that the struggle against national oppression and all types of social oppression (women, youth, sexual minorities etc.) must be lead by the working class, because only the latter is capable of fomenting a revolutionarily change in society . Therefore, we consistently support working class-based revolutionary movements of the socially oppressed, while opposing the leadership of petty-bourgeois forces (feminism, nationalism, Islamism, etc.), who ultimately dance to the tune of the capitalists, and strive to replace them with revolutionary communist leadership. Only with a revolutionary party fighting as its leadership can the working class be victorious in its struggle for liberation. The establishment of such a party and the execution of a successful revolution, as it was demonstrated by the Bolsheviks in Russia under Lenin and Trotsky remain the models for revolutionary parties and revolutions in the 21st century. For new, revolutionary workers' parties in all countries! For a 5th Workers International to be founded on a revolutionary program! Join the RCIT! No future without socialism! No socialism without revolution! No revolution without a revolutionary party!
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