The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with scholar and analyst James Petras. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of September 17-23, 2015. Find the podcast of this interview here.
MN: Joining us today on the special Greek election broadcast of Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is scholar and analyst James Petras, professor emeritus of sociology at Binghamton University in New York. James, thank you for joining us once again.
JP: Well it’s a pleasure. I was very glad we put together the last program, I think it went off quite successfully.
MN: Getting us started, many in Greece, and outside of Greece, were surprised, some would say shocked, at SYRIZA’s about-face in the space of just a few months, and how it essentially turned its back on the overwhelming vote of “no” towards more austerity in the July 5th referendum, and the very harsh memorandum agreement it signed with the troika. You, however, were not surprised at SYRIZA’s capitulation. What is your reaction to what happened?