This guest article by my friend NL, who has been active in the Greek workers’ movement for more than thirty years, puts the political and economic crisis into historical context, and gives a harsh but realistic assessment of the problems facing the workers’ movement. GL.
Greece is living through its biggest crisis since the downfall of the military junta in the summer of 1974 – a consequence of the world economic crisis and the historical decadence of the Greek bourgeois elite.
The same internal tendencies – with more or less the same characteristics as in the USA in 2008, at the beginning of the world economic crisis – are manifested in Greece today in an explosive form.
All the social conquests of the working class since 1974 have been lost in the last three years. Since the end of the second world war, there has never been, in a period of peace, such a dramatic decline in the standard of living of the majority of the population of any country in Europe, or such a violent redistribution of wealth in such a limited time.
The crisis has given rise to an assault not only on the working class, but also on the middle class, which is being destroyed today. And here it should be noted Read the rest of this entry »