In every stirring of the proletariat around the world the vanguard has failed, and it has failed because there is no vanguard without the mass support of the working people. Solidarity is everything, and without it the revolution is nothing. Socialism of course needs its intellectuals. It withers and dies without them.
It is all very well for a well-educated, well-heeled middle class chap from Ireland to pontificate the glories of Marxism to the poor and the hungry. Yet it is quite another thing to be poor and hungry, and hundreds of thousands of poor Greeks are on the brink of starvation.
Herein lies the sickness of Europe’s Leftist Alternative: it is all about the critical analysis, the sophisticated academic articulation of progressivism, inaccessible economic publications, macchiato crème frappuccinos, and expensive craft beers. It is an “alternative” alright – an alternative route into a career in politics and an alternative to actually doing something.