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Eight Lessons for Progressives Inspired by Syriza


#1

Eight Lessons for Progressives Inspired by Syriza

Ted Fertik, Dan Cantor

You can't watch what is unfolding in Greece and not marvel at the clarity, fortitude and nerve of the new government there. In fact, we're pretty sure that many progressives across North America are saying to themselves, even if just quietly, "We'd sure like to do that."

And who wouldn't? Syriza is standing up to the powers-that-be in European capitalism in a way that seems almost impossible to imagine in places like Canada and the United States. Greece is not these places, of course, but let's not let ourselves off the hook that easily.


#2

"It should be our goal to someday be strong enough that Democrats will
either have to accommodate that power, or get out of the way. "
I was going to say "Amen" or "Let us pray for this day" but damn, I'm a non-believer so I'll just have to say "I second that!"


#3

To our dismay, of course, the Tea Party has proven the effectiveness of this party-within-a-party approach, shifting the terms of American political discourse in just a few short years.

Let's be clear about the Tea Party. They were effective only because, as a tool of Wall Street, they received massive coverage in the corporate media.

mcp


#5

"The oligarchs prevent the creation of a genuinely fair electoral playing field via a rigged campaign finance system and the rollback of voting rights. "

We play into the oligarch's hands by using their electoral playing field.

"A program needs spokespeople, and it really helps when those spokespeople are or will be in government."

Spokespeople can be bribed, given revolving doors, threatened, character assassinated or just assassinated. Does a direct grassroots democracy need spokespeople or just information and the ability to make laws?

"U.S. progressives need to recruit train, and assist real champions like Syriza's Tsipras and Podemos's Pablo Iglesias".

Has not our dependence on "champions" been our problem all along? Why not let the Internet be our champion and our encrypted votes our laws?

More on direct democracy:
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/direct-democracy-enters-new-phase-of-digital-era/36655004
http://www.ted.com/conversations/1213/why_don_t_we_use_technology_to.html
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/19200-direct-democracy-in-reykjavik-the-wisdom-of-the-icelandic-crowd-sourcers#


#6

**Don't want to rain on your parade, but don't count your chickens before the hatch;
and it ain't over 'til it's over.
The oligarchs and plutocrats will do everything they can to sabotage and crush Greece,
including yellow journalism, false flags, etc.
It will probably take many left-wing governments in the so called P-I-I-I-G-S plus some
in Latin America to give the Banksters a run for their money.**