Amid the turmoil of economic crisis, Greece has become the first European experiment of left rule in a sea of neoliberalism. What happens when a government of the Left, committed to social justice and the reversal of austerity, is blackmailed into following policies it has fought against and strongly opposes? What can the experience of the Syriza government tell us about the prospects for the Left in the twenty-first century?
In this engaging and provocative book, Costas Douzinas uses his position as an 'accidental politician', unexpectedly propelled from academia into the world of Greek politics as a Syriza MP, to answer these urgent questions. He examines the challenges facing Syriza since its ascent to power in 2015 and draws out the theoretical and political lessons from one of the boldest and most difficult experiments in governing from the Left in an age of neoliberalism and austerity.
Costas Douzinas is Professor of Law and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London as well as the Syriza member of the Hellenic parliament for Piraeus.
Prologue: The Accidental Politician A. Resistance Rising 1. From Utopia to Dystopia and Resistance, a Short Run 2. Hunger Strikers and Hunger Artists 3. Radical Philosophy Encounters Syriza 4. A Philosophy of Resistance B. Syriza Agonistes 5. A Very European Coup 6. Contradiction is the Name of the Governing Left C. Reflections on Life as Politician 7. Welcome To The Desert Of Disorderly Order 8. Learning from Ideology 9. The Curious Incident of the Missing TV Licenses D. The Moral Advantage of the Left 10. The Ethos of the Left 11. Greeks or Europeans? 12. The Euro, the Sacred and the Holy E. Left History 13. The Left and the Philosophy Of History 14. 1949, 1969, 1989: The Cycles of History F. From Grexit to Brexit 15. Putting the Demos On Stage 16. Grexit and Brexit, Oxi and Leave 17. Brexit and Euroscepticism G. Finis Europae 18. Finis Europae? 19. The Left and the Future of Europe H. Cities of Refuge 20. Europe Between Two Infant Deaths 21. Human Rights For Martians Notes