Saturday, November 03, 2012
Contrary to common belief, Communism has not fallen. The Soviet bloc may have crumbed, but the ideology that underpinned it, at least according to Peter Seeger, “ is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity was made of by the churches.” As such, it lurks as the menacing shadow behind capitalist street corners, the harbinger of the black out caused by an electrical shortage, to rampant consumerism’s bright day, ever ready to snatch up the red banner and wave it wildly before the bull of exploitation, hoping to stick a few darts into its rump, simultaneously dodging a few horns along the way.
From the land of Greece then, we greet the Red Dawn, particularly so from the headquarters of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), headed by the unageable and unchangeable either in personal appearance or political beliefs Aleka Papariga, of whom it is whispered that while the Soviets learned to embalm their leaders for posterity after the death, the Greek communists have learned how to mummify their leaders while they are alive, thus dispensing with the need for a succession plan. When the KKE, which holds a sizeable thirteen of three hundred seats in the Greek House of Babblement, is not campaigning for social justice and an end to inequality, it has indulged in a vast gamut of diverse and interesting activities in the past, such as advocating that Macedonia and Thrace form an independent socialist nation, recognising the existence of a ‘Macedonian ethnicity,’ and that those fighting Hitler should not be aided because they were indulging in an: "...imperialistic war that the people of any of the countries involved should not participate in...". C. M Woodhouse, a British Intelligence officer stationed in Greece during WWII, wrote that on 18 March, when the Germans were moving unopposed into Bulgaria, the KKE advised Greeks to follow the example of "the heroic fraternal people of Bulgaria.” After the conclusion of that war, its partisans refused to disarm, determined not to take part in the democratic process to establish a new government and instead, aided by the Yugoslav Communist Tito (apparently they were unaware or chose to ignore the fact that Stalin had decided to keep Greece within the British sphere of influence) attempted a violent take-over of the war-ravaged nation that plunged it into misery and killed hundreds of thousands of its people. As older Greeks here in Melbourne who were eyewitnesses to the carnage can testify, some of the KKE affiliated army captains, such the contemptible psychotic killer Aris Velouhiotis tortured terrified villagers for pleasure. Today, in the interests of national reconciliation, his statue disgraces many a village square, for three reasons – 1. To prevent people criticising the KKE, 2. As a totem and talisman against the horribly evil King and his coterie of dictatorial colonels ever returning to Greece and 3. because a hitherto large and now merely ill informed section of the Greek populace at large, is still sentimentally attached to an ideology that has wreaked ecological, economic, social and spiritual devastation in every single country it has ever blighted.
Just when one could have been forgiven for thinking that the KKE, fresh from deriving groundbreaking and thoroughly radical methods of extricating Greece from the quagmire it has found itself in as a result of the corruption of Socialist and Conservative governments, such as, well going on strike and hoping the whole nightmare will all go away, new evidence of fresh beneficial KKE activity has been found, this time down under and for the benefit of us unemancipated and capitalistically exploited Aussie -Greeks.
During his triumphal visit of local KKE bastions in Australia (yes, G…reds under the bed definitely do exist, in the guise of local “friends of KKE” organisations, prompting one to think if there are any friends of Australian Labor, the Greens or the Liberals among expatriate Australians living in Greece), member of the KKE Central Committee Comrade George Marinos saw fit to ‘suspend’ the operation of the Sydney branch of the friends of KKE. And why, gentle reader did a member of a Greek political party suspend an Australian organisation? Simply because the Sydney branch of the friends of KKE voted in favour of the rapprochement of the Greek Community of Sydney with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia (as did 80% of the members of the Sydney community), thus healing a rift that has existed for generations.
The Sydney KKEites’ democratically arrived at decision was at variance with that of the Greek Communist Party, which believes that it is far more qualified to know what is best for the Greeks of Sydney, than the members of the Greek Australian community itself. According to the Greek Communist Party’s visiting potentate Comrade Marinos: “The KKE does not agree with the rapprochement… We have explained this clearly and whoever maintains that he is a friend of the KKE and did not take our position into account, must be held responsible for this.” As a result, dissenters must be punished.
Two horrifyingly ludicrous and yet disturbing questions arise out of this farcical blast from a Stalinist past. Firstly, are we to assume that the ideologically bankrupt KKE, having given up any semblance of trying to make Marxist dialectics relevant to the almost insurmountable challenges of modern Greek society and knowing full well that nothing in its bag of doctrinal tricks and slogans can offer any constructive solutions to the current crisis, has decided to jump ship and transplant itself within the Greek community in Australia? Are therefore to expect further visits and further interference in our community affairs by Greek communists? And will our local organisations, incorporated and formed according to State or Federal laws be expected to subject all their doings to the scrutiny of the newly formed Gr-comintern?
First published in NKEE on Saturday 3 November 2012