This subject has its own page at the top of the blog where you can read it in full and comment if you wish. The points are for discussion on the present situation in Greece. There are also two responses to it below the main text.
Commenting on the recent news of the shocking rise in
support for the fascist Golden Dawn, (a figure of over 10%, which is worryingly
similar to that of the Nazis before they took power.) a comrade recently stated that it was crucial
to raise the slogan for a United Front of the left to fight fascism.
don't think that any of us could disagree with that. The comrade said that it
was a demand of the CWI. The CWI is absolutely correct to raise this slogan and
if it hasn't been raised before it should have been.
However, I made some criticisms of
the demand for a United Front as a slogan for fighting fascism in Greece as it
was being presented. My points below are
a political criticism of the CWI meant for discussion in the wider movement.
1) Of course, the UF demand is generally correct. However, in my
opinion it is not enough just to just put out a slogan for a UF like this. You
need to have concrete proposals, when you raise an organizational demand like
this. The first thing people on the left in Greece will ask is what does this
mean concretely? Who should unite? Which groups and what basis? This especially
the case since 13 left groups are already united in the Coalition of the
Radical Left, SYRIZA, which is the largest party in Greece.
other left group of any size is the KKE, although their support has now fallen
to 4.5%. Otherwise there are, like everywhere, other small groups, all of whom
should be involved a united front. Until now most of them have differentiated
themselves precisely by distancing themselves from the SYRIZA Coalition and not
joining a United Front with it. Instead many of them have stood their own
candidates in the elections with very little success. If the proposal of the
United Front means something, then the CWI needs to make it clear what they are
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