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Anti-Capitalist Uprising Imminent?

Could the uprising in Greece spread to your neighborhood?

The pictures are astonishing: thousands of protesters in Greece have taken to the streets, rioting for days in response to the murder off 15-year-old Alexander Grigoropoulos who was killed by a Greek police officer.

But beyond the startling images of molotov cocktails exploding, cars burning and According to the AFP, a poll conducted in Greece found that a majority of people believe the rioters are part of a "popular uprising" and not simply group of "minority activists". That, it appears, is the truth the corporate media would like to hide.

What is going on in Greece could very well be the first hints of a coming global popular uprising. All it took in Greece was a spark to ignite the generalized dissatisfaction of the larger society. And now, the uncontrollable flames are spreading. What we are seeing is not disorganized chaos, but the intentional response of youthful spirits rebelling against the empty promises of a staid society based upon one goal: consuming more than your neighbor.

Could the same thing happen on your street? What would it take to ignite all those dissatisfied by the unfulfilled, and unfulfillable, promises of capitalism and hyper-consumerism?

Some of the most powerful imagery to come out of Greece is available at the Boston Globe website. Take a look at these pictures, and let us know your thoughts.

Micah M. White is a Contributing Editor at Adbusters Magazine and an independent activist. Micah is currently writing a book of philosophical meanderings into the future of activism. He lives in Binghamton, NY with his wife and two cats. www.micahmwhite.com

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georges salameh

check this link maybe adbuster magazine would be intrested in publishing any of these posters: http://www.neolaia.gr/wordpress/index.php/2008/12/18/riots-in-greece-designers/ most of the blogs by artist in athens are in greek but here one link with articles in english about the riots: http://foldedin.blogspot.com/ palermo december 2008

georges salameh

check this link maybe adbuster magazine would be intrested in publishing any of these posters: http://www.neolaia.gr/wordpress/index.php/2008/12/18/riots-in-greece-designers/ most of the blogs by artist in athens are in greek but here one link with articles in english about the riots: http://foldedin.blogspot.com/ palermo december 2008

georges salameh

other artists' blog about greek riots: in english: http://www.theerasers.blogspot.com/ http://www.nologo.gr/quetempo/category/blog/ and in greek: http://stinathina.wordpress.com/ palermo december 2008

georges salameh

other artists' blog about greek riots: in english: http://www.theerasers.blogspot.com/ http://www.nologo.gr/quetempo/category/blog/ and in greek: http://stinathina.wordpress.com/ palermo december 2008

Dirty-Sneakers

Although I understand and appreciate how frustration with the system could push one towards a violent eruption, I am concerned if we are able to or even want to try to beat THEM at their own game. Chaos does sound like a lot more fun than where we are now, but is that really where we want to go?

Dirty-Sneakers

Although I understand and appreciate how frustration with the system could push one towards a violent eruption, I am concerned if we are able to or even want to try to beat THEM at their own game. Chaos does sound like a lot more fun than where we are now, but is that really where we want to go?

Anonymous

One last push, comrades. Rioting isn't essential, but now is the time to get lost navigating the oblivion of actions. Let's rupture the spell of the ideology of the commodified consumer society so that our repressed desires of a more authentic nature can come forward. To demonstrate the contrast between what life presently is and what it could be. There will be an intensity never before known in everyday life to exchange love and hate, life and death, terror and redemption, repulsions and attractions.

Anonymous

One last push, comrades. Rioting isn't essential, but now is the time to get lost navigating the oblivion of actions. Let's rupture the spell of the ideology of the commodified consumer society so that our repressed desires of a more authentic nature can come forward. To demonstrate the contrast between what life presently is and what it could be. There will be an intensity never before known in everyday life to exchange love and hate, life and death, terror and redemption, repulsions and attractions.

I am so wise

If only we could rupture the spell of antique jargon. Christ, there isn’t an original thought in that spiel. The least you could have done was told us how to measure authentic and which unit of measure to use. Does authenticity come in gallons, inches, drams, or euros?

I am so wise

If only we could rupture the spell of antique jargon. Christ, there isn’t an original thought in that spiel. The least you could have done was told us how to measure authentic and which unit of measure to use. Does authenticity come in gallons, inches, drams, or euros?

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