The combination of economic crisis, social devastation and open political crisis in “weak links” of the European Project such as Greece has raised the possibility of social and political change. In Greece we have witnessed a sequence of social and political developments that based on a extreme case of economic and consequently social crisis (and open economic aggression by the EU and IMF) have led to an open political crisis, to a realignment of social alliances and relations of representation, to a huge electoral loss for systemic political forces, to the de-legitimization of aspects of the neoliberal orthodoxy, and to the rise of the Left, a development that for the first time in many decades has opened the possibility (but not certainty…) of a government organized around the Left.
To me this brings a huge challenge for the Left. This forces us
to think again in terms of revolutionary strategy, not in the sense of
an abstract theoretical justification of radical political and social
change, nor in the sense of simple anticapitalist rhetoric and
verbalism, but in the sense of a set of highly original and necessarily
uneven steps that will lead from the break with ‘actually existing
neoliberalism’ to a new socialist alternative.