New Left Current

The New Left Current (Greek: Νέο Αριστερό Ρεύμα για την Κομμουνιστική Απελευθέρωση (ΝΑΡ), Neo Aristero Revma, NAR) was formed in late 1989, mainly by former Communist Youth of Greece (KNE) members.

Νέο Αριστερό Ρεύμα για την Κομμουνιστική Απελευθέρωση

Neo Aristero Revma gia tin Kommounistiki Apeleftherosi

New Left Current for the Communist Liberation
Founded1989
Split fromCommunist Party of Greece
Headquarters76 Charilaou Trikoupi & Eresou, 10681, Athens
NewspaperPrin
Youth wingYouth Communist Liberation
IdeologyCommunism
New Left
Eco-socialism
Political positionFar-left
National affiliationAnticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow
ColoursRed
Website
http://www.narnet.gr

HistoryEdit

As described in its website:[1]

The New Left Current - NAP, was formed in the early 1990s, primarily as an expression of the potential of left-wing dissent and rupture with the KKE line. The 1989 split took place when thousands of KNE and KKE activists openly clashed with the political choices of the KKE leadership and the united Coalition to join the Tzannetaki government with the ND and then with the so-called "ecumenical" government and the ND. PASOK. It was a confrontation on the catastrophic line of class cooperation and subjugation for the movement and the Left. In these conditions, tendencies and currents of left criticism and search were formed. The collapse of "existing socialism" sharpened and deepened the crisis of the communist Left. It revived the search for the deeper causes of the failure of the ruling left to confront capitalist aggression and barbarism, sharpened the disagreements and criticism that existed for many years within the KKE and the KNE. The birth of these quests and criticism, of the processes in the movement and the communist left, is the process of formation of the NAP.

ElectionsEdit

The New Left Current participated in the 1990 elections as "Neo Aristero Revma - Laiki Antipoliteusi" (Νέο Αριστερό Ρεύμα - Λαϊκή Αντιπολίτευση) and got 14,365 votes (0,22%). A critical figure at this early stage was Kostas Kappos, former member of the KKE and parliamentary representative.

In 1993 the NAR joined the Left Struggle (MERA) political coalition along with the Revolutionary Communist Movement of Greece (EKKE), Communist Party of Greece (Marxist-Leninist), Workers Revolutionary Party (EEK). The coalition received 8,160 votes in 1993 and 10,443 votes in the 1996 general elections.

In 1999, NAR, EKKE, EEK and the Independent Communist Organization of Serres (AKOS) formed the Radical Left Front (MERA). Since 2009, NAR, along with the other parties of MERA, with the exception of EEK, is part of the broader coalition Front of the Greek Anticapitalist Left (ANTARSYA).

Election resultsEdit

Results since 1990
(year links to election page)
Year Type of Election Electoral coalition Votes % Representatives
1990 Parliament Popular Opposition 14,365 0.21% 0/300
1993 Parliament Left Struggle 8,160 0.11% 0/300
1994 European Parliament Left Movement Against EU 14,006 0.21% 0/25
1996 Parliament Left Struggle 10,416 0.15% 0/300
1999 European Parliament MERA1 10,884 0.17% 0/25
2000 Parliament MERA 8,183 0.11% 0/300
2004 Parliament MERA 11,285 0.15% 0/300
2004 European Parliament MERA 13,387 0.22% 0/24
2007 Parliament MERA 11,859 0.17% 0/300
2009 European Parliament ANTARSYA2 21,951 0.43% 0/22
2009 Parliament ANTARSYA 24,737 0.36% 0/300
2010 Regional ANTARSYA 97,496 1.80% 7/725
2012 Parliament ANTARSYA 75,439 1.19% 0/300
2012 Parliament ANTARSYA 20.389 0,33% 0/300
2014 Regional ANTARSYA 128,154 2.27% 9/703
2014 European Parliament ANTARSYA 41,299 0.72% 0/21
2015 Parliament ANTARSYA - MARS3 39,497 0.64% 0/300
2015 Parliament ANTARSYA - EEK4 46,094 0.85% 0/300
2019 European Parliament ANTARSYA 36,327 0.64% 0/21
2019 Regional ANTARSYA 87,676 1.62% 13/703
2019 Parliament ANTARSYA 23.239 0.41% 0/300
1 Radical Left Front
2 Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow
3 Left Front Coalition
4 Workers Revolutionary Party
1990, Parliament
14,365
1993, Parliament
8,160
1994, European Parliament
14,006
1996, Parliament
10,416
1999, European Parliament
10,884
2000, Parliament
8,133
2004, Parliament
11,285
2004, European Parliament
13,387
2007, Parliament
11,895
2009, European Parliament
21,951
2009, Parliament
24,737
2010, Regional
97,496
2012, Parliament
75,439
2012, Parliament
20,389
2014, Regional
128,154
2014, European Parliament
41,299
2015, Parliament
39,497
2015, Parliament
46,094

IdeologyEdit

ΝΑΡ describes its ideology as "communist re-foundation". Members of the organization believe that communist ideas after the fall of the Soviet union need to be updated, since they believe that socialism was never achieved in the countries of "Existing Socialism".

Another big part of ΝΑΡ's rhetoric is the idea of "Capitalist Totalitarianism" (literal translation from "Ολοκληροτικός Καπιταλισμός" in Greek), or "Contemporary Totalitarianism" as they mention it in their international articles on their website.[2] ΝΑΡ believes that capitalism in its current form has surpassed the "highest state of capitalism", which is Imperialism according to Vladimir Lenin, as stated in his influential book, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism.

Youth LeagueEdit

In the early years, the youth wing of the NAR was still named KNE-ΝΑΡ, as even the general secretary of KNE, Giorgos Grapsas, and most of its politburo had joined NAR, but in the mid-1990s, it changed its name to the Youth of Communist Liberation (Νεολαία Κομμουνιστική Απελευθέρωση, Neolaia Kommunistiki Apeleftherosi). Members of the Youth Communist Liberation participate in the United Independent Left Movement, a sum of left-wing student organisations, active in 3rd-level educational institutions (Universities - Technical Academical institutions) in Greece.[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "30 Years of NAR - Brief History". narnet.gr. 9 September 2020. Retrieved 2021-09-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "NAR: Contemporary totalitarianism will be overthrown! The demonstrations in France, an image from the future of social explosions! | Νέο Αριστερό Ρεύμα". narnet.gr. Retrieved 2021-09-26.
  3. ^ Ανακοίνωση νΚΑ για τις φοιτητικές εκλογές (in Greek). Youth Communist Liberation. 2011-05-23. Archived from the original on 2012-02-04. Retrieved 2012-03-03.

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