Greece: The program of Syriza
The austerity measures in Greece are part of an international offensive of finance capital against the social gains of the working class, which has escalated dramatically since the financial crisis in 2008 and affects all capitalist countries—from the United States, England, Spain and Italy to France and Germany.
An inflationary policy—as now called for by the US and British governments—would merely continue such attacks in another form. The “Growth Pact” currently being discussed in the EU, and on which Tsipras is clearly setting his hopes, consists of providing additional funds for ailing banks and “structural reforms” to improve competitiveness, i.e. flexible working conditions and lower wages. Cuts in public spending would continue unabated.
Should Syriza actually win the Greek election, it would play an important role in the enforcement of such attacks. Looking at Syriza’s European sister parties—Communist Refoundation in Italy, the Left Party in Germany, the Left Front in France—they have all participated in the attacks on the working class whenever they have participated in government.