For an independent left party: videos from Left Forum 2015

by The North Star editors on June 6, 2015

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The two videos below were made at last weekend’s Left Forum in New York and both reflect the mission of the North Star website, namely to help create a radical party in the United States along the lines of Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain, among others.

The first that was held on Saturday was organized by the Green Party and chaired by Howie Hawkins. It was very much in the spirit of the Chicago Left Elect conference held early in May since it featured speakers from the ISO, Socialist Alternative and the Greens. The Socialist Alternative speaker was notable by drawing a sharp distinction with Bernie Sanders even as the group is exploring ways to exploit the eventual disappointment that his leftist supporters will experience when he is defeated in the primary.

On Sunday the North Star had a workshop that was chaired by a member of the Philly Socialists and that featured a talk by another member. This group is among those that are playing an important role in the class struggle using strategy and tactics flowing from local conditions rather than ideologically superimposed according to some antiquated schema. Jim Brash and Louis Proyect of the North Star editorial team also spoke.

Notable for this workshop was the extremely thoughtful contributions during the Q&A, including from audience members who departed from the usual sectarian recipes and tried earnestly to engage with the topic. The consensus was that this was a very productive experience for all involved.

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S. Artesian July 10, 2015 at 7:18 am

“The two videos below were made at last weekend’s Left Forum in New York and both reflect the mission of the North Star website, namely to help create a radical party in the United States along the lines of Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain, among others.”

Yep, that’s exactly what’s needed. Another Syriza. Worked out so well in Greece, hasn’t it?

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Lydia July 10, 2015 at 9:10 am

No, who has left absolutely indebted Greece and broken were: New Democracy, Pasok, IMF, German banks and French banks. This is exactly, and now is trying not to drown Siryza closer to its citizens even though it is not allowed.

Artesian, If you don’t know, learn better

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S. Artesian July 10, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Oh I knew better. I knew that Syriza’s obligation was to maintaining capitalism. I knew that the Thessaloniki program was a fraud; that Syriza had gained its legitimacy by demonstrating its ability to quell, turn, and muffle demonstrations; I know a lot better than you do what was at stake, how abjectly incompetent Syriza is; and what the likely result will be.

I don’t expect anyone who supported Tsipras’ charade to accept the reality of what has just taken place, but what Syriza has done works to the benefit of the forces of repression.

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Jim Brash July 14, 2015 at 12:46 pm

Syriza was the coming together of various Left groups in Greece. It never claimed to be a workers party nor a revolutionary party. It’s leadership is center/left . All we were discussing was how do we build a broad-left party in the USA that isn’t bogged down in dogmatic debates or sectarianism . Whatever is built in the USA will be unique to our situation and to the prevailing social conditions . Also we have to remember that Syriza leaders thought they could end austerity while remaining tied to the eurozone. They fluffed about a Grexit without actually planning for it. Their bluff was called and now they might be forced out of the monetary union without game plan to move the country forward.

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