Dominic Nanni is a socialist grad student at Wayne State University in Detroit who conservatives like to slap around on Twitter because of his lame advocacy for classroom leftist ideology.
This is his latest:
The Washington Post is reporting this morning that the Coalition of the Radical Left, also known as Syriza, has moved quickly to form a new government. Syriza won a decisive victory with 36 percent of the vote, over the rivaling and center-right New Democracy Party, which won 28 percent of the vote. Syriza’s victory was just short of the percentage needed for a total majority in parliament. This forced them to cut a deal with a small right-wing party known as the Independent Greeks. Together, they will form a coalition being led by Greece’s youngest Prime Minister in 150 years, Alexis Tsipras.
There is no way to underscore the sheer magnitude of Syriza’s victory. For eight years the European continent has been ravaged by an uncompromising and unyielding austerity. Germany, the sole power broker in European economics, has been the loudspeaker of austerity. Angela Merkel and David Cameron, and the former Prime Minister of Greece, Antonis Samaras, together formed an unholy trinity that articulated austerity as the only solution to the economic crisis crippling Europe (and the world). That orthodoxy has been challenged by Syriza and Greece’s unabashedly proud radical left. This victory is one for both Greece and the world — especially the global “left.”
All that said, the far-left in America really has no right to celebrate Syriza’s victory. While I am sympathetic to their cause, it is hard to find America’s far-left doing anything but bashing President Obama as a sellout leftist and standing on street corners passing out flyers that call for the destruction of the current system. This kind of activism is certainly a catalyst for their base, but it is not productive, and it certainly isn’t practical. What is more unproductive is the denunciation of electoral politics as seemingly “below” the smug condescension and moral self-righteousness of those in charge of groups like the International Socialist Organization and the Socialist Equality Party.
To be brief, Syriza won because they chose to play electoral politics. They recognized that the only way to change the system is by becoming part of it. They engaged the system and made it work for them — and now they are in a position to change that system. History tells us time and time again that this is the only way to force change in an unfair and rigged system.
There is more, but you’ll have to go over there to read it. I come here to mock him, not to steal his work.
I’m not vouching for the accuracy of his factual presentation of the recent events in Greece, but all the stories I’ve read seem to agree that a fairly radical leftist group won big in this weekend’s elections. I will say that I agree with him about the need to participate in electoral politics if you want to change the system. The only other alternative is violent revolution, and to do that you still have to convince a lot of people to follow you.
The problem for revolutionaries and democratic underdogs is that winning is only part the battle, and it’s usually the easy part. Like a dog who chases cars, they have no idea what to do with it when they catch one.
The problem in Greece started a few years ago when the country found itself in deep financial doo-doo. In exchange for a bail-out by the rest of Europe (mainly Germany) Greece agreed to “austerity”, also known as “living on a tight budget.” The voters in Greece have decided they don’t like the taste of the medicine.
Tsipras, 40, who could become Greece’s next prime minister, also vowed to end austerity measures.
“Greece leaves behind the austerity that ruined it, leaves behind the fear, leaves behind five years of humiliation, and Greece moves forward with optimism and hope and dignity,” he told the crowd.
Syriza’s pledges to try to get some of Greece’s colossal debt written off and roll back unpopular austerity measures appealed to exasperated members of the electorate — even if they potentially jeopardize Greece’s place in the eurozone. The election could lead to a dramatic showdown with the debt-laden nation’s lenders.
“That is a gamble that people in Greece seem to be prepared to take at this point, simply because the terms of its bailout have been so severe,” Greek journalist Elinda Labropoulou told CNN on Sunday.
I’m not gonna claim to have the expertise to predict the outcome of all this, but is sounds to me like they’re voting for bread and circuses.
Why does this matter to the rest of us?
Because our current national debt exceeds 18 TRILLION DOLLARS. If we are ever gonna get a handle on our debt and deficit situation we’re gonna have to accept some austerity of our own. The problem is neither of our two parties wants to make us take our medicine, and even if one does the other will not go along.
Imagine President Walker pushing thru some real austerity measures in 2017. Now imagine him losing Congress in 2018 and losing reelection in 2020 to anti-austerity Democrats.