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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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Anonymous

it's not an uprising against consumerism, it'a an uprising against the right-wing government. and stop using this soviet propaganda type of writing.

Anonymous

it's not an uprising against consumerism, it'a an uprising against the right-wing government. and stop using this soviet propaganda type of writing.

Anonymous

Ah, but look at what they attack. Global franchises, jewelry stores, car dealerships, banks. Not just government offices. I would say this is definitely a conscious strike against economic and cultural globalization and homogenization even if it is not an attack on consumerism per se.

Anonymous

Ah, but look at what they attack. Global franchises, jewelry stores, car dealerships, banks. Not just government offices. I would say this is definitely a conscious strike against economic and cultural globalization and homogenization even if it is not an attack on consumerism per se.

damright

Yep, right on the money! Wake up everyone, the world's ELITE has been planning chaos for a very long, long, long time and its' coming at you to work against you and everyone else breathing. Keep your money and spend for survival; drop your "wants" and realize your needs: family, clean food, clean water, shelter, clean air, and especially, clean freedom.

damright

Yep, right on the money! Wake up everyone, the world's ELITE has been planning chaos for a very long, long, long time and its' coming at you to work against you and everyone else breathing. Keep your money and spend for survival; drop your "wants" and realize your needs: family, clean food, clean water, shelter, clean air, and especially, clean freedom.

Montagnais

"This is no “popular uprising”. This has the stench of Soros and his multi-billionaire fellow travellers. Strange how these anti-capitalist groups are ALWAYS funded by….super-rich CAPITALISTS. The left is.. and has always been the tool of the elites. They are not fighting the system: THEY ARE THE SYSTEM. Until these dupes realise this they will never achieve any real change beyond that intended by their NGO instigators. My best guess is that the purpose of these riots is to bring about extreme state powers to control the population before the REAL popular uprising takes place." The real popular uprising will never happen, but Mother Earth revenge sounds to be terrible. You do not abandon your own

Montagnais

"This is no “popular uprising”. This has the stench of Soros and his multi-billionaire fellow travellers. Strange how these anti-capitalist groups are ALWAYS funded by….super-rich CAPITALISTS. The left is.. and has always been the tool of the elites. They are not fighting the system: THEY ARE THE SYSTEM. Until these dupes realise this they will never achieve any real change beyond that intended by their NGO instigators. My best guess is that the purpose of these riots is to bring about extreme state powers to control the population before the REAL popular uprising takes place." The real popular uprising will never happen, but Mother Earth revenge sounds to be terrible. You do not abandon your own

georges salameh

for those who still have doubt about the essence for this "violent" reaction, in those grim days of december, in athens and around the globe. here is a video-song published on youtube by those kids and adults who protested. "what's better than a song to tell a story?" said a famous greek storyteller,"the rest is useful (or not) "information"... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0sgjYfDzdw palermo december 2008

georges salameh

for those who still have doubt about the essence for this "violent" reaction, in those grim days of december, in athens and around the globe. here is a video-song published on youtube by those kids and adults who protested. "what's better than a song to tell a story?" said a famous greek storyteller,"the rest is useful (or not) "information"... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0sgjYfDzdw palermo december 2008

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