For anyone interested here is a reblog of a long essay by Yanis Varoufakis, current Greek minister for finance, written on his blog in 2013. Its title is “Confessions of an Erratic Marxist in the midst of a repugnant European crisis” The title says a lot about Varoufaklis and what’s happening at the negotiations with Merkel and co.
I liked a lot I read here and a lot I didn’t. Reading it is a beautiful way of gaining insight into the fact that history is made by complex human beings and not the sort of reductive cyphers referenced by ideologues of the left or right. His main point is that the left is not ready for a radical transformation and the only possibility is a stabilization of the European financial system to avoid complete collapse and the rise of neo fascism in the absence of a radical left alternative.
Will have to give it another reading to make my mind up about that. My instinct says that its an example of a jittery bourgeois professor faced with the inevitable confrontation with the powers that be.— that is to say the inevitable fighting in the street.
On the other hand he raises a very important issue.— is the radical left ready to do the necessary and avoid a decent into social collapse and chaos, given that even a ten year old can learn to use a Kalashnikov in ten minutes? That means, given the proliferation of arms, that the storming of the winter palace is off the agenda . More like a decent into civil war as ideological factions arm themselves, especially on the edge of Europe, which basally means most of it. Anyone who thinks this is far fetched is living in cloud cuckoo land in my opinion and doesn’t understand how quickly things can get out of hand. Not to mention the way ruling elites are prepared to use violence against any opponent who dares to really go for it and stand up for their livelihood and dignity, including traditional workingclass communities living in out of the way small rural villages. Here’s a good example, not too long ago ( 2012) and within the Euro zone. The Asturian miners struggle against austerity.
Originally posted on Yanis Varoufakis:
[In May 2013 I had the pleasure of addressing the 6th Subversive Festival in Zagreb on this topic. It is only now that I have managed to write up that talk and to expand it in some significant ways.]
Europe is experiencing a slump that differs substantially from a ‘normal’ capitalist recession, of the type that is overcome through a wage squeeze which helps restore profitability. This secular, long-term slide toward asymmetrical depression and monetary disintegration puts radicals in a terrible dilemma: Should we use this once-in-a-century capitalist crisis as an opportunity to campaign for the dismantling of the European Union, given the latter’s enthusiastic acquiescence to the neoliberal policies and creed? Or should we accept that the Left is not ready for radical change and campaign instead for stabilising European capitalism? This paper argues that, however unappetising the latter proposition may sound in the ears…
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