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Thursday, October 30, 2014
How SYRIZA Could Succeed
The prominent radical Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek made the statement which I reproduce below. He made that statement in an interview with a Greek newspaper. I picked up a German translation in the blog NachDenkSeiten. I hope my re-translation into English is half-way correct.
"There is no way to succeed in Greece if one has no
other idea than to try out a leftist government which then fails, only to have
afterwards nice historical memories in the sense of ‘gee, how nice it was
then!’ No. In Greece we have a corrupt and clientelistic state. I am aware that
what I say now may sound crazy and that certain Marxists will crucify me for
it. However, I think that SYRIZA must strike alliances with some truly
productive capitalists who are also tired of this situation. We must be pragmatic.
Perhaps SYRIZA should form a credible middle-class party which will finally
turn Greece into a totally normal state, a state which has some similarities
with a normal liberal democratic state. The absence of such a state is a hurdle
for SYRIZA but it is at the same time a unique chance. To put in into Marxist
language: the middle-class parties are dumb not to occupy this territory and
the voters know that. Of course, not all SYRIZA voters are leftists, I know
that, but they are sick and tired of the existing middle-class parties. And they hope that someone will
I can't think of a better advice for Alexis Tsipras than the above.