The Editorial board of the Marxist journal, Marxistiki Foni,
has just published a Greek language edition of Lenin and Trotsky - What they
really stood for. It is dedicated to the memory of the founder of the
International Marxist Tendency (IMT), Ted Grant. The book is now available to
was shaken by a massive general strike, the third in three months. An extremely
militant mood is developing among the Greek workers. This is also being
reflected in a sharp swing to the left in all recent polls. In particular, the
Synaspismos, which stands to the left of the PASOK, is making big gains.
Yesterday a powerful
general strike shook Greece.
There was a massive turnout and the whole of Greece was brought to a standstill.
The New Democracy government is attempting to introduce severe cuts in the
pension system. All they have achieved is a massive radicalisation of society.
Both major parties
suffered electoral setbacks in the recent elections. The government party, the
ND, and the opposition PASOK lost out while the two major left forces, the
Communist Party and the SYRIZA gained significantly, underlining the sharp
swing to the left that is taking place in Greek society.
As Greece suffers under the heat of raging forest fires, the government faces the heat of the enraged Greek people. After years of cuts to social services, including the fire services, the state has been completely unable to deal with the crisis, leading to untold damages and the deaths of some 64 people. Similar to other disasters in recent years, these forest fires expose the utter rotteness of capitalism.
Greek capitalism is beginning to give at the seams. The days of relative calm are over. Now there is little room for manoeuvre and the system has no choice but to go on the offensive against the workers and youth. This became evident last week when the police attacked a 30,000-strong student demonstration with a brutality not seen since the days of the hated military junta in the 1970s.