The New Programme of SYRIZA

Alexis Tsipras leader of SYRIZA

Published: 27 December 2014
Author: Ilias Milonas

On Monday the Greek Parliament will vote for the next President. If the Government?s nominee fails to gain the minimum 180 votes there will be a general election which will be held in the following six weeks. In such a situation, the opinion polls put Syriza, Greece?s new left-wing party, as the likely winner of the elections which could put the first anti-austerity party in power in the Eurozone. In the light of this, it is important for us to analyse Syriza?s new policy platform that was announced recently. Here, an active member of the left-wing of Syriza outlines the new policy and explains why it is not enough.

A Limited Programme
This programme was announced by the president of SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, during the International Exibition of Thessaloniki in September. It was not a result of a discussion through the bodies of the Party but the work of a group of people around him. It is a limited programme which the leadership wants to present to the people as the final programme of SYRIZA.

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New Election Signals Further Political Instability in Sweden

The Swedish Parliament

Published: 22 December 2014
Author: Jonas Ryberg

Sweden?s newly elected centre-left government, consisting of the Social Democrats and the Green Party, failed to pass its budget through parliament in early December. Just hours later, the prime minister, Stefan Löfven, announced that a fresh election would be held in March 2015. This is the first time this has happened since 1958. This failure to pass even modest reforms through parliament signals a new phase in the formerly ?conflict-avoiding? image of Swedish politics.

First, let us look at last September?s election outcome. While the incumbent right-wing Alliance consisting of the main bourgeois parties had their worst performance in decades, this did not really benefit the labour movement. Despite being in opposition for almost eight years, neither the Social Democrats nor the Left Party made any serious gains. Some voters on the left shifted to the new Feminist Party which is led by a charismatic former Left Party chairperson. However with only 3.1% it did not pass the 4% threshold for entering parliament. Instead, the clear gainer from the 2014 election was the racist Sweden Democrats party which almost doubled its performance to 12% and gained a decisive position in parliament with the potential power to decide which coalition of parties could form a government.

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Neo-Liberalism – The Modern Capitalist Ideology

trickledown1Published: 12 December 2014
Posted by: TSN Editor

In The Socialist Network we are currently having a very interesting ongoing discussion about the meaning and practice of Neo-Liberalism as an all-pervasive capitalist ideology. And what alternative ideology we need to overcome it’s powerful impact on society.
To assist with the discussion we would like to recommend both a book and a video that give very useful outlines of the origins, methods and ideas of Neo-Liberalism.
… The book is: ‘Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown‘ by Philip Mirowski.
… The video is ‘Encirclement – Neoliberalism Ensnares Democracy