Syriza's Original 40 Point Manifesto

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The daily bulletin of Italy’s Communist Refoundation Party published today the apparently official program of the Greek coalition of the left, Syriza. Here the 40 points of the Syriza program.


  1. Audit of the public debt and renegotiation of interest due and suspension of payments until the economy has revived and growth and employment return.
  2. Demand the European Union to change the role of the European Central Bank so that it finances States and programs of public investment.
  3. Raise income tax to 75% for all incomes over 500,000 euros.
  4. Change the election laws to a proportional system.
  5. Increase taxes on big companies to that of the European average.
  6. Adoption of a tax on financial transactions and a special tax on luxury goods.
  7. Prohibition of speculative financial derivatives.
  8. Abolition of financial privileges for the Church and shipbuilding industry.
  9. Combat the banks’ secret [measures] and the flight of capital abroad.
  10. Cut drastically military expenditures.
  11. Raise minimum salary to the pre-cut level, 750 euros per month.
  12. Use buildings of the government, banks and the Church for the homeless.
  13. Open dining rooms in public schools to offer free breakfast and lunch to children.
  14. Free health benefits to the unemployed, homeless and those with low salaries.
  15. Subvention up to 30% of mortgage payments for poor families who cannot meet payments.
  16. Increase of subsidies for the unemployed. Increase social protection for one-parent families, the aged, disabled, and families with no income.
  17. Fiscal reductions for goods of primary necessity.
  18. Nationalization of banks.
  19. Nationalization of ex-public (service & utilities) companies in strategic sectors for the growth of the country (railroads, airports, mail, water).
  20. Preference for renewable energy and defence of the environment.
  21. Equal salaries for men and women.
  22. Limitation of precarious hiring and support for contracts for indeterminate time.
  23. Extension of the protection of labor and salaries of part-time workers.
  24. Recovery of collective (labor) contracts.
  25. Increase inspections of labor and requirements for companies making bids for public contracts.
  26. Constitutional reforms to guarantee separation of Church and State and protection of the right to education, health care and the environment.
  27. Referendums on treaties and other accords with Europe.
  28. Abolition of privileges for parliamentary deputies. Removal of special juridical protection for ministers and permission for the courts to proceed against members of the government.
  29. Demilitarization of the Coast Guard and anti-insurrectional special troops. Prohibition for police to wear masks or use fire arms during demonstrations. Change training courses for police so as to underline social themes such as immigration, drugs and social factors.
  30. Guarantee human rights in immigrant detention centers.
  31. Facilitate the reunion of immigrant families.
  32. Depenalization of consumption of drugs in favor of battle against drug traffic. Increase funding for drug rehab centers.
  33. Regulate the right of conscientious objection in draft laws.
  34. Increase funding for public health up to the average European level.(The European average is 6% of GDP; in Greece 3%.)
  35. Elimination of payments by citizens for national health services.
  36. Nationalization of private hospitals. Elimination of private participation in the national health system.
  37. Withdrawal of Greek troops from Afghanistan and the Balkans. No Greek soldiers beyond our own borders.
  38. Abolition of military cooperation with Israel.  Support for creation of a Palestinian State within the 1967 borders.
  39. Negotiation of a stable accord with Turkey.
  40. Closure of all foreign bases in Greece and withdrawal from NATO.

That could stir things up a bit

Source: The Greanville Post

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CunnyFunt's picture

Obviously racist and homophobic; possibly antisemitic, too. You will be hearing from us.

Love,

Barry

Supernova Born's picture

Greeks should start stocking up on basics (tampons, tp, etc.).

jefferson32's picture

This manifesto further affirms my point. Don’t be fooled by Syriza’s cool soundbites (fuck oligarchs/NATO/Israel, odious debt, vive Russia, etc.) and note:

- Varoufakis is a well-established, well respected (subsidized) economist. Since 2013 he has been teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. Before that he was Professor at the University of Athens.

- Varoufakis supports the establishment of a new world currency (as do the IMF and World Bank). He wrote a book in 2011 (“The Global Minotaur”) which concludes with: A second, even brighter, scenario would be for the West to have an epiphany and, at long last, embrace John Maynard Keynes’ suggestion of an International Currency Union – the very suggestion that America rejected at the Bretton Woods conference of 1944.

- Tsipras and Varoufakis  are the darlings of large portions of European and American MSM.

- A quote from Syriza’s congress paper: 13.24 […]Our plan for social reconstruction will result immediately in a drop in crime rate. The elimination of major organized crime, drug trafficking and arms trade, prostitution and human trafficking, slave labor, excessively high rents, should all be targeted by public services and security forces, fundamentally reoriented and democratically trained.

- Tsipras defends the idea of a “European New Deal” (his latest open letter).

What is going on is that the battle in Europe that has been opposing NWO socialists/Keynesians to the Germans (and other residually virtuous European nations) has witnessed two major victories for the former: QECB and Greek elections. And saying so doesn’t mean I support the pseudo-austerity policies.

If the Germans/pseudausterity is the thesis, and Syriza is the anti-thesis, what is the synthesis? I reject this Hegelian dialectic and DON’T grant benefit of the doubt to Syriza.

Doubleguns's picture

Well, Its a manifesto. Only socialist, marxists or communists put those out. Now we know exactly where this is heading. Taxing the rich at 75% should be a clue.

Supernova Born's picture

It seems Venezuela's Manifesto came available (less the oil revenue).

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

Not necessarily. See 'against the state: and anarcho-capitalist manifesto' by lew Rockwell.

Lore's picture

His blog:  http://yanisvaroufakis.eu/

His wiki:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yanis_Varoufakis

The company for which he consults: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valve_Corporation 

This guy is big into Game Theory and Digital Economies.  Valve Corp is responsible for "Steam," a video game software distribution platform that I for one find extremely distasteful.  More importantly, he's no dummy, but whether or not he's a pushover remains to be seen. His interest in Digital Economies seems intriguing, given the state of current affairs.  I for one look forward to reading some of his work. 

Payne's picture

Doesn't the rich benefit more from a lawful government ?  They do in the US !

Self-enslavement's picture
Self-enslavement (not verified) Payne Jan 29, 2015 9:16 PM

"Lawful government" is an oxymoron.

Urban Redneck's picture

Only fuck-wits write manifestos that simultaneously advocate both the separation of Church and State(#26), and the nationalization of Churches(#12).

nmewn's picture

With communists, the church is the state.

Big Brother's picture

Maybe they'd be better off with the state being the church.  It worked for Rome and Byzantium for a quite a while (at least longer than any communist state).

Joe A's picture

Because ideology just like religion is opium for the masses.

l8apex's picture

#12 says churches should house the homeless.  Isn't a bit of a stretch to say that's nationalization?

Urban Redneck's picture

No it isn't a stretch.  If the State says YOU are going to house the (homeless) troops in "YOUR" house isn't that a nationization of your house?   It sure as fuck isn't separation of Church and State.  There is public property and there is non-public (i.e. private) property, but there is no half-pregnant property. 

trader1's picture

i understand that they want to convert the religious places of worship into the care facilities that Jesus would have supported.

kingstukie's picture

Well said.

With Frankfurt School yahooooooos you lose.

williambanzai7's picture

In the USSA it is called a platform.

Someone please point out where in the translation the word manifesto is used.

fleur de lis's picture

Greece is flat busted broke. Where does he think he will get all the money to fund his crazed Marxist utopia? 

John Wilmot's picture

"2. Demand the European Union to change the role of the European Central Bank so that it finances States and programs of public investment."

Which explains why they dropped the plan to leave the EU.

If they keep the euro, and the ECB prints money and gives it to them, the inflation tax is divided amongst all EU members. Whereas if they switched back to the drachma, the entire burden would fall on the Greeks.

So, in conclusion, fuck these ragged bolshevik cunts.

Bunga Bunga's picture

Interesting, US was marxist or communist too. Top tier income tax in the US was 92% under Rosevelt.

John Wilmot's picture

There are those who still think they are holding the pass against a revolution that may be coming up the road. But they are gazing in the wrong direction. The revolution is behind them. It went by in the Night of Depression, singing songs to freedom.

Garet Garrett, The People’s Pottage

T-NUTZ's picture

"supports the establishment of a new world currency"

 

GOLD BITCHEZ!!!

franzpick's picture

Establish a state-issued, non-interest-bearing currency, as did the American revolutionary colonies when they threw out King George's oppressive Bank of England, (as congress had to do TWO more times after corrupt 'representatives' had re-granted interest bearing money-issue rights to private bank cabals), and as JFK did (just 5 months before he was assasinated).

Alexis: You have the opportunity to avoid repeating the tragic and disgraceful American history of letting the elected representatives sell the financial well-being of present and future generations to the Rothschilds, Warburgs and their ruthless private partners, hiding in plain sight as 'benevolent' national and international banks.

Or not.

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/allwarsarebankerswars.pdf

YHC-FTSE's picture

NO. Since you have reposted the same thing from another article, I'll repost my reply here in full.

I gave you a down arrow.

- First, it is too early to judge whether Syriza is the real deal or another Hope and Change mumbo jumbo.

- Second, as far as I know they have never advocated exiting from the EU political union.

- Third, your views are uniquely America-centric in that hysteria sets in as soon as "Marx" or "Socialism" is mentioned despite the fact that modern management techniques in human resources (Worker protection and training) and almost every essential civic service including state pensions are borrowed from the pages of Marx. Communism is crap, but it does not mean there are no merits in the economic philosophy that changed the world for the common man. Without him, we would all be living in a static society of feudal oligarchs (what he called owner-capitalists) who owned and controlled everything. Look at America and it is almost there. I don't advocate Marxism, I'm saying that his insights are useful today as analytical tools for what the hell is going wrong today.

- Another America-centric view is the fear of multilateral concensus. How is a multilateral global reserve currency based on a mixed bag of currencies/commodities worse than a unilateral one based on the whims of the Fed?

- "The elimination of major organized crime, drug trafficking and arms trade, prostitution and human trafficking, slave labor, excessively high rents, should all be targeted by public services and security forces, fundamentally reoriented and democratically trained." - why do you think this is a bad thing exactly?

It is a complex play with multiple actors, and I don't believe the leading role is Germany in the EU. Ever since the Snowden revelation that Merkel had been under close NSA surveillance for over a decade, her actions which often go against the best interests of her own country started to make sense. Her unambiguous support of the sanctions against Russia makes no sense at all for German industry and the sentiments of her nation.

I'm more than willing to give Tsipras and Syriza the benefit of the doubt. So far, I don't think he has put a foot wrong and hope he will do what he was elected to do: Look after the interests of his people first and foremost.

stvitus's picture

Somebody who doesn't even know that they Syriza has, in the past, made statements pandering to a Eurozone exit probably has no place rambling on like you have. You're just another band-wagon newbie. Syriza is pre-assembled coalition, much like our own two pre-built coalitions known as Republicans and Democrats. Some constituents have tried to make a quick political-buck off of hyping a Grexit that they never really supported. Much like Elizabeth Warren is making political hay by pandering to the lower-IQ set of the "anti-Bankster" crowd, knowing she will never do a damn thing but raise cash and make excuses.

 

And anyone with half a brain knows that the Hope & Change mumbo-jumbo is always mumbo jumbo by its very nature. IT IS NOT DIFFERENT THIS TIME. IT IS NEVER DIFFERENT THIS TIME. If you've been reading ZH for any amount of time and don't realize this basic fact, it's time call it quits and join the Libtard circle jerk over at Salon.com

 

Lastly, pull your head out of your ass and remember that where fiat currency is the status quo, "multilateral" currency means simply that monetary plociy and fiscal policy will always be at odds, you will never have control, as a Nation, over the currency your debt is denominated in, and it will fail. Much like it has failed already, spectacularly, in Greece. There's nothing "American" about this "bias"- it's pretty plain to see.

Now, if we were talking a commodity based or value based multilateral currency, sure. That could be fine. BUT WE'RE NOT. We're talking about a bunch of Spendocrat Central Planners cranking out money that isn't even theirs to crank out. How much empirical evidence do you need that this is a failed concept? 

YHC-FTSE's picture

Touched a nerve? :) Not sure why you are so riled up about someone who is "Pandering to the anti-bankster crowd", unless you work for Goldman Sachs.

Whether we are about to be disappointed either by a fake or a retarded communist remains to be seen. You might be right, you might be wrong - only delusional nutjobs are as sure about the future as you are. Large parts of his manifesto reads like something Dr.Paul might write, even though he is on the opposite side of the political spectrum. To me, that's a good thing.

You may have confused the concept of a reserve currency with a national currency. I would suggest you pop over to the IMF website or Wiki to learn a little more about Special Drawing Rights before you post again about central planners cranking money - SDR is a pooled resource of reserves used to lend to countries in need. You may also have missed the continuing saga at the IMF about the fight against US domination refusing to allow commodities and other currencies in the SDR - it's only been going on for over a decade.

stvitus's picture

"You disagree with my sophmoric horse-shit, so u must be mad tho!" 

"You dislike someone so you must work for their (fake) enemy tho!"

Seriously, I give you a B- for dressing your hackneyed troll-talk up.

Now back to your bread-and-circus fest, debt serf.

Paveway IV's picture

"...Third, your views are uniquely America-centric in that hysteria sets in as soon as "Marx" or "Socialism" is mentioned despite the fact that modern management techniques in human resources (Worker protection and training) and almost every essential civic service including state pensions are borrowed from the pages of Marx..."

+1000 YHC-FTSE. Although people that can't (or refuse to understand the concepts) toss around 'communism' because that evokes the desired visceral response preventing rational discussion. They assume some equivalency between these three concepts without understanding any of them. 

"...I don't advocate Marxism, I'm saying that his insights are useful today as analytical tools for what the hell is going wrong today..."

I agree. Capitalism fan-boys HAVE to keep the blinders on because they have no - ZERO - workable plan for keeping a pure capitalistic system from slowly devolving into a plutocracy. Like  communism, the implementations failed to consider the reality of a constant attack and infestation by psychopaths who will use either system to their ends. 

stvitus's picture

No blinders needed: we all saw what an epic failure Marxist economics really was. We've seen that movie, and we know how it ends. But no TRUE Scottman, right?

The thing is, with your argument, you make it sound like Marx had a viable answer to a "pure capitalistic system." He had some ideas, but they were certifiably bad. I can say this as someone who has both read and understood Marx. Then, some very desperate people were duped into giving it a whirl. Look where that lead them. 

In short, I'd suggest looking elsewhere for "solutions" to Capitalism's problems than Marx. 

YHC-FTSE's picture

"I can say this as someone who has both read and understood Marx"

You've read all three volumes of Capital? What are you, a mad communist? I've only read Vol 1, and that was bloody boring for the most part. You are just full of it aren't you? You understand nothing but what you've heard on talk radio listening to people equally as vapid as you.

Just as I posted originally, mentioning Marx always brings out hysterical nutjobs on both sides of the political spectrum.

stvitus's picture

I realize that most fields of scholarship in the States have low standards for "expertise," but not all of them. 

I think you've given us the key to understanding your utter stupdity: you're more lazy than stupid. You only read some of a thing you claim to have an understanding of, but didn't actually do all of the research. It makes it hard for you to understand that some people actually do the research. Then you can run around and proclaim there's no way someone did what was too lazy to do! 

You see, that's hobbyism. Be a half-wit all you want. But don't be an arrogant half-wit.

 

Paveway IV's picture

I'm not looking for a Marxist or any other 'solutions' to Capitalism's problems without identifying the cause first. For whatever faults capitalism may have, they pale in comparison to the automatic, guaranteed infestation of the system by psychopaths. I don't even care to argue the merits and weaknesses of capitalism OR MARXISM because both are based on an academic fantasy that ignores how people work in the real world and the existance of evil people that will exploit any economic system.

As soon as someone says where I can't look for answers, I know they have some other agenda than a workable solution. 

stvitus's picture

Only in the child-like mind are "I'd suggest x" and "you can't x" similar.

Paveway IV's picture

Oh, no... really?

You came out swinging pretty good, stvitus. You made some valid points and at least started to defend your position and made me defend mine.

Certainly worthy of fight club and all.

....and then you just totally puss out like this? *sigh* Very disappointing. I'm just an idiot - what are you going to do when the smart guys show up? Yeah, that's what I thought.

stvitus's picture

Hey buddy, just pointing out that shoving straw-man bullshit into someone else's mouth doesn't work on a running comment section. I'm sure you're smarter than me. But observant? meh

Escapedgoat's picture

I am with you and

I ALSO RESERVE JUDGEMENT

stvitus's picture

Audacity of hope springs eternal! 

Ghordius's picture

YHC-FTSE, excellent comment, I have to repeat/comment a few highlights of it

"- First, it is too early to judge whether Syriza is the real deal or another Hope and Change mumbo jumbo.

- Second, as far as I know they have never advocated exiting from the EU political union. (1)

- Third, your views are uniquely America-centric in that hysteria sets in as soon as "Marx" or "Socialism" is mentioned (2) despite the fact that modern management techniques in human resources (Worker protection and training) and almost every essential civic service including state pensions are borrowed from the pages of Marx. Communism is crap, but it does not mean there are no merits in the economic philosophy that changed the world for the common man. Without him, we would all be living in a static society of feudal oligarchs (what he called owner-capitalists) who owned and controlled everything. Look at America and it is almost there. I don't advocate Marxism, I'm saying that his insights are useful today as analytical tools for what the hell is going wrong today.

- Another America-centric view is the fear of multilateral concensus. (3) How is a multilateral global reserve currency based on a mixed bag of currencies/commodities worse than a unilateral one based on the whims of the Fed? (4)

- "The elimination of major organized crime, drug trafficking and arms trade, prostitution and human trafficking, slave labor, excessively high rents, should all be targeted by public services and security forces, fundamentally reoriented and democratically trained." - why do you think this is a bad thing exactly?

It is a complex play with multiple actors, and I don't believe the leading role is Germany in the EU. Ever since the Snowden revelation that Merkel had been under close NSA surveillance for over a decade, her actions which often go against the best interests of her own country started to make sense. Her unambiguous support of the sanctions against Russia makes no sense at all for German industry and the sentiments of her nation. (5)

I'm more than willing to give Tsipras and Syriza the benefit of the doubt. So far, I don't think he has put a foot wrong and hope he will do what he was elected to do: Look after the interests of his people first and foremost."

----

1) "...they have never advocated exiting from the EU..." correct. If the EU is a Hydra... well, Tsypras and his ministers are now the new Greek heads of that Hydra. Though the EU is still not a "political union", it's still a Trading and Regulatory Alliance

2) "uniquely America-centric in that hysteria sets in as soon as "Marx" or "Socialism" is mentioned... " the usual White Hat vs Black hat

3) "America-centric view is the fear of multilateral concensus. " cue in the neo-con propaganda, as in point (2)

4) "How is a multilateral global reserve currency based on a mixed bag of currencies/commodities worse than a unilateral one based on the whims of the Fed? " because it is the foundation of American hegemony, which is of course the opposite of multilateralism. again, cue in neo-con propaganda and, interestingly, neo-liberal propaganda, too

5) here the only point where I differ a bit with you: remember that the trade "embargo" is still unanimous, i.e. 28 governments are behind it. Here Germany has a problem in the sense that it's sentiments and commercial interests are in contrast with it's committment to international treaties which it wants to uphold

well said, I am on your side on all this

teslaberry's picture

you and your international currnecies. 

 

there already is ONE form of international currency accepted everywhere, it's called OUNCES of PURE GOLD BULLION. 

 

accepted by banks who engage in FRACTIONAL RESERVE BANKNOTE LENDING FOR INTEREST IN EVERY COUNTRY FOR THE PAST THOUSAND YEARS.

 

 

 

 

Lets Buy The Dip's picture

what no one is talking about is OIL, and then GAS price which have been plummeting, SEE HERE  => http://bit.ly/1B4K0wk

Againstthelie's picture

Syriza is just the red international side of the coin, not the golden international side. Therefore the disputes among brothers.

The golden internationalists in New York alliied with the red internationalists in Moscow to fight the national idea of Germany. They always ally, because they are the two sides of the same coin: internationalism. Which aims for world government. The question is only, how red or how golden it should be. But it's goal is the same.

Therefore Syriza is more or less welcome and not prosecuted, university professors can work for the party, but the Golden Dawn party is being prosecuted and it's leaders are imprisoned.

There is no true danger from this program for the international banks from Syriza. And ofcourse not a word about debt based interest slavery. That's program of Golden Dawn. And they are criminalized and jailed - Syriza and Tsipras is not...

One must know, that EU's head Barroso, is Maoist. Absolutely no problem for the system. Just like Churchill and Roosevelt alliied with Bolshevism against the national idea.

When push comes to shove Syriza will be a perfect partner to continue with the NWO agenda. More red than golden, much like Barroso, but in the result these are nuances for the nations being exterminated by mass immigration, kept in debt slavery and the souvereignity of the nations states destroyed.

 

But for now I really like what Tsipras is doing, I like how the establishment is running around like startled chicken because of his Russia politics because it is against the plan of the golden internationalists.

Harbanger's picture

How does this compare to Barry's Manifesto?

CunnyFunt's picture

If it weren' for aspects affecting usd hegemony, it would be pretty damned close. But tptb and their puppets in dc don't give a fuck about the other points. A good fabrication and pr campaign can work wonders. The U.S. has experts in Langley who have lots of experience in subversion, particularly regarding Greece.

Harbanger's picture

I think both sides of the aisle need to compromise on a single global manifesto that we can all live with.

Doubleguns's picture

TPTB are wonking very hard on that. 

Doubleguns's picture

 Excuse me fat finger/slow response causing double entries.

Charles Wilson's picture

"What do you mean 'both sides of the aisle', Comrade?  This is an interesting bit of heresy you are promoting, yes?"

Supernova Born's picture

In Greece, "both sides of the aisle" are going to be "Venezualianly empty" quite soon.