What do you know about political pluralism? Or about political surrealism? Greece loves to call itself the cradle of democracy and, yes, politics here are not as boring as a Democrats vs Republicans kind of dilemma. No, in Greece you can choose between more than 5 leftist/communist parties, a selection that dazzles even the most aware Marxists of the world. Actually you can’t get closer in reality to the famous People’s Front of Judea excerpt from the Monty Python’s movie “The Life of Brian”.
For the coming May 6th elections Greeks cannot complain about the lack of choice any more. Get ready for this year’s Greek tour de force of political pluralism. Here is the list of the 32 candidate parties (the parties in red are all leftist, no kidding). In your face.
1. PASOK (Greek Socialist Party)
2. New Democracy
3. Communist Party of Greece
4. SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) Unified Social Front
5. LAOS (Popular Orthodox Rally)
6. Democratic Alliance
7. Social Pact
8. Independent Greeks
9. Democratic Left
10. Action – Liberal Coalition
11. Green Ecologists
12. Centrists’ Union
13. Liberals’ Party
14. Popular League – Golden Dawn
15. Dimosthenis Vergis – Greek Ecologists
16. NO (coalition of the collaborating Democratic Renaissance and Unified Popular Front – Stelios Papathemelis)
17. The “I don’t pay” movement
18. KEAN – Movement of National Resistance
19. Electoral cooperation of the Communist Party of Greece Marxist-Leninist and the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Greece (no seriously, they are two different parties!)
20. Anti-capitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow (ANTARSYA – the abbreviation means Mutiny) – Front of the Anticapitalist Revolutionary Communist Left and of Radical Ecology
21. Organization of Communist Internationalists of Greece – OKDE
22. Labour Revolutionary Party (EEK Trotskyists)
23. OAKKE – Organization for the Re-establishment of the Communist Party of Greece
24. National Unity League
25. Society of the Political Formation of Kapodistria’s Continuators
26. Pirate Party of Greece
27. Creation Again
28. Panathenean Party – PAN.KI.
29. Dignity (independent candidates)
30. Regional Urban Development (PAA) – Nik. Kolitsis, single candidate
and now get ready for the best, the most creatice and probably the longest party name in history
31. Independent Reformist Left, Reformist Right, Reformist PASOK, Reformist New Democracy, No to War, Party Enterpise “I donate land plots, I write off debts, I save lives”, All-farmers’ Labour Movement of Greece (PAEKE)
I am not kidding and neither does PAEKE’s founder. He was a candidate in the last elections too and he had received a bit more than 1300 votes.
For the history, there is a 32nd party which was called “Tyrannicides” but the High Court prohibited the use of this title because “it implies the intention of a punishable act”. Which makes me think, following the absurdity of this madness, that the High Court did not reject the existence of the tyrants but only prevents the expression of some people’s will to exterminate them. It’s funny how the words of such statements can be interpreted. And then, I continue with the absurdity, why isn’t the Pirate Party of Greece not implying a punishable act? Or the disobedient “I don’t pay” Movement?
Another notable progress is the Electoral cooperation of the Communist Party of Greece Marxist-Leninist and the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Greece. These are two completely (?) different political parties, with different structures. At a time when Leftists in Greece complained more than ever about the Left’s denial to unify its current popularity into one leftist coalition, only these two parties have managed to get united. In fact the Democratic Left, now scoring around 10% in polls, has splited from SYRIZA which also scores another 10%. And with KKE’s more than 10% one only needs to do the math in order to understand what all the bitterness is there for.