This is a considerably updated and expanded version of a piece Greek Marxist Panagiotis Sotiris posted a week ago, rewritten since the announcement of further brutal austerity measures being demanded of Greece by the Troika, and with more consideration of what response the Greek Left should take. It is an excellent entry point to understanding the awful scale of what is happening.
We’re very excited to be posting a piece from Panagiotis, who is a leading member of the anti-capitalist Antarsya coalition. We first saw him at the 2011 Historical Materialism conference in London, where he spoke brilliantly as part of a large plenary on the topic “In the name of the people?” Since then his polemical and analytic pieces on the Greek crisis and popular resistance have been among the best available in English, written in an accessible and very concrete Gramscian frame.
Panagiotis is also an authority on Louis Althusser. You can read a conference paper he wrote on Althusser’s late work here, and Historical Materialism published his enlightening review of three key books on the thinker here.