[lbo-talk] Ottawa debate between Fidler and Panitch

Marv Gandall marvgand2 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 14 11:54:09 PDT 2015

Below on YouTube: The debate in Ottawa earlier this week between Leo Panitch and Richard Fidler on the split in Syriza resulting from the Tsipras leadership’s capitulation to the troika.

Fidler argues the position of the Greek left that the Tsipras government had better options than consenting to the imposition of another harsh round of austerity on the Greek people, and that these options - notably debt repudiation - did not require that Greece immediately exit the eurozone.

Panitch hews to the view of the Tsipras government that it had no options available to it other than surrendering to its creditors in order to buy some necessary breathing space and to avoid an ostensibly more catastrophic exit from the eurozone and European Union. The discussion period is a lively and interesting elaboration of the initial presentations.


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