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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

That's funny, I didn't realize the left was a tool of the elites. I could have sworn it was the right. I guess it was the liberals in my town who were buying all of those giant impractical SUV's and loving Walmart for their cheap prices despite the questionable practices of their Chinese suppliers. It must have been the republicans not the democrats who put the environment above corporate interest. Either way, I don't think this riot requires too much funding--how much can sticks and rocks cost? I guess molotov cocktails could get a little pricey, that must be it.

Anonymous

That's funny, I didn't realize the left was a tool of the elites. I could have sworn it was the right. I guess it was the liberals in my town who were buying all of those giant impractical SUV's and loving Walmart for their cheap prices despite the questionable practices of their Chinese suppliers. It must have been the republicans not the democrats who put the environment above corporate interest. Either way, I don't think this riot requires too much funding--how much can sticks and rocks cost? I guess molotov cocktails could get a little pricey, that must be it.

Anonymous

I've always wondered how lefty college kids are able to rationalize the very foundation of their "all knowing" institutions. Who founded the Ivy league schools? The hypocrisy is astounding. They're quick to support "the common man" but never want to listen to what they have to say and they wonder why the working class often views them as elitist, hypocrite snobs.

Anonymous

I've always wondered how lefty college kids are able to rationalize the very foundation of their "all knowing" institutions. Who founded the Ivy league schools? The hypocrisy is astounding. They're quick to support "the common man" but never want to listen to what they have to say and they wonder why the working class often views them as elitist, hypocrite snobs.

Anonymous

American society is poised for the perfect storm of violent mayhem: When the “Me” generation soon runs out of gas, beer and Twinkies, our hyper militarized police respond with disproportionate measures. Fasten your safety belts.

Anonymous

American society is poised for the perfect storm of violent mayhem: When the “Me” generation soon runs out of gas, beer and Twinkies, our hyper militarized police respond with disproportionate measures. Fasten your safety belts.

Anonymous

While this is all very "interesting", I can't help being suspicious. When you compare the reaction to this to the "Battle of Seattle" over the WTO arm of this criminal cabal, the cops have been "very understanding". Hmmmmm? One thing I've learned over time is that when something like this happens, it's allowed to happen. Who knows, maybe that's the plan. Let it spread and then crush it like a bug. Next stop, NWO. Well, it is heartening to see somebody do something but I wouldn't hold my breath for the outcome. Theives and oppressors have been the same for centuries. The only difference now is that they've taken their Satanic enterprise "global". The only real hope for "change" is for people to stop cooperating at all with this. When the cops and the military lay down their arms and joing their fellow-sufferers that's when "change" will happen. I wouldn't hold my breath.

Anonymous

While this is all very "interesting", I can't help being suspicious. When you compare the reaction to this to the "Battle of Seattle" over the WTO arm of this criminal cabal, the cops have been "very understanding". Hmmmmm? One thing I've learned over time is that when something like this happens, it's allowed to happen. Who knows, maybe that's the plan. Let it spread and then crush it like a bug. Next stop, NWO. Well, it is heartening to see somebody do something but I wouldn't hold my breath for the outcome. Theives and oppressors have been the same for centuries. The only difference now is that they've taken their Satanic enterprise "global". The only real hope for "change" is for people to stop cooperating at all with this. When the cops and the military lay down their arms and joing their fellow-sufferers that's when "change" will happen. I wouldn't hold my breath.

I am so wise

Poorly thought out and barely led, these children playing klepht will disperse like sheeple once the grown-ups grow tired of their antics and order to the police to move in and administer some discipline. I hate to Godwin the thread, but you all do realize that anti-capitalist tinged street brawls against the state, such as this one you’re idealizing here, were a staple of the Nazis before Hitler's appointment to a position of power, right? I am not saying these hooligans are the same, they're not. (Hitler's men engaged in disciplined destruction and ordered chaos while these misfits are just smashing stuff.) Another educating example is the March 1991 Belgrade Uprising. In early March 1991, Serbian students and the anti-Milosevic opposition rioted and managed to initially beat the police and forced the deployment of the JNA. Unfortunately, like these Greek clowns, they lacked a clear goal, demands (yes, they had some, but not well thought ones), and plan and eventually received their demands which did little to change the situation but did quiet the opposition and undermine its effectiveness against Milosevic.

I am so wise

Poorly thought out and barely led, these children playing klepht will disperse like sheeple once the grown-ups grow tired of their antics and order to the police to move in and administer some discipline. I hate to Godwin the thread, but you all do realize that anti-capitalist tinged street brawls against the state, such as this one you’re idealizing here, were a staple of the Nazis before Hitler's appointment to a position of power, right? I am not saying these hooligans are the same, they're not. (Hitler's men engaged in disciplined destruction and ordered chaos while these misfits are just smashing stuff.) Another educating example is the March 1991 Belgrade Uprising. In early March 1991, Serbian students and the anti-Milosevic opposition rioted and managed to initially beat the police and forced the deployment of the JNA. Unfortunately, like these Greek clowns, they lacked a clear goal, demands (yes, they had some, but not well thought ones), and plan and eventually received their demands which did little to change the situation but did quiet the opposition and undermine its effectiveness against Milosevic.

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