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The Summer of Rage

Will a tsunami of middle-class dissent wash away governments worldwide?

Iceland was first and now Latvia has become the second European government to collapse as a direct result of the protests sparked by the global economic crisis (source). In Dublin, more than 120,000 workers protested outside of the Irish Parliament in a campaign organizers say is inspired by what was done to Iceland's government (source). And in the UK, the head of the Metropolitan police's public order branch, is warning of a 'Summer of Rage' that will involve mass protests by middle-class citizens fed up with the economic situation (source). A tsunami of dissent is coming and it is not clear what will remain and what will be remade.

The economic recession is now impacting the majority of people in most countries in the world. There is a growing sense of global solidarity among the people who see their governments spending billions of dollars to rescue the banks who are to blame for the crisis. With the visible success of protesters in Iceland and Latvia - who managed to topple their governments relatively nonviolently - the realm of possibility seems to be expanding.

It feels like the the time may be approaching for a global movement to take hold which intends to rethink capitalism and the systems of world governance. Instead of demanding the resignation of a Prime Minister, what if this global movement demanded the resignation of the whole system?

Does the moment feel ripe in your town? What would you like to see as a result of the global protests?

Micah M. White is a Contributing Editor at Adbusters Magazine and an independent activist. www.micahmwhite.com

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Anonymous

Sure, but the middle class alone can't build a revolution. As more and more middle class get abjected out of the mainstream, as class relations more an more become the rich against everyone else, I can imagine a huge assemblage of cultural dissidents and economic rejects rising up. It'll be scary, but exciting. Maybe even funny sometimes. Imagine thousands of people in Toronto, Hindu or not, celebrating Holi, throwing dye everwhere and having huge public bonfires at night. As Jim Morrison once sang, "Can you picture what will be, so limitless and free."

Anonymous

Sure, but the middle class alone can't build a revolution. As more and more middle class get abjected out of the mainstream, as class relations more an more become the rich against everyone else, I can imagine a huge assemblage of cultural dissidents and economic rejects rising up. It'll be scary, but exciting. Maybe even funny sometimes. Imagine thousands of people in Toronto, Hindu or not, celebrating Holi, throwing dye everwhere and having huge public bonfires at night. As Jim Morrison once sang, "Can you picture what will be, so limitless and free."

tyler durden

cultural dissidents and economic rejects are just stupid hippys. it is the middle class that will fight the comming revolution. the most under-estimated group in america is the angry working man. he has the military training, the weapons, the size, and he is relied upon to run everything. they are the police,the fire men, the garbage collector, the salesman,etc. when they are finaly done paying taxes and have nothing left to lose and decide to fight, then you will see true rebellion. the moslem jihad has shown us how to fight. a bomb for every roadside! a snipper for every roof! god bless gordan kahl,carl draga,tim mcviegh.

tyler durden

cultural dissidents and economic rejects are just stupid hippys. it is the middle class that will fight the comming revolution. the most under-estimated group in america is the angry working man. he has the military training, the weapons, the size, and he is relied upon to run everything. they are the police,the fire men, the garbage collector, the salesman,etc. when they are finaly done paying taxes and have nothing left to lose and decide to fight, then you will see true rebellion. the moslem jihad has shown us how to fight. a bomb for every roadside! a snipper for every roof! god bless gordan kahl,carl draga,tim mcviegh.

Anonymous

That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Sure more an more middle class will join the resistance, but by and large the white middle class will remain complacent because the middle class has too much to lose. The majority of the resistance will probably not even come from North America, but from the international "lumpenproletariat," those who have it the worst.

Anonymous

That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Sure more an more middle class will join the resistance, but by and large the white middle class will remain complacent because the middle class has too much to lose. The majority of the resistance will probably not even come from North America, but from the international "lumpenproletariat," those who have it the worst.

dirty-sneakers

If I could set the bar as low as Tyler does by making McViegh a martyr, I would probably see light at the end of the tunnel. But really it's just this sort of attitude I assumed we would see again in the U.S., poor and working poor unable to find the bastille, just bathing in their frustration, doing nothing at best, doing something misguided and destructive at worst. You've been conned Tyler. The working class may have weapons but they aren't the right ones. And to believe that the "economic rejects" are the problem, well that's what you are supposed to believe so you will keep reaching for that carrot they hang over our heads every now and then, while they watch us beat each other just to get a piece. www.dirty-sneakers.com

dirty-sneakers

If I could set the bar as low as Tyler does by making McViegh a martyr, I would probably see light at the end of the tunnel. But really it's just this sort of attitude I assumed we would see again in the U.S., poor and working poor unable to find the bastille, just bathing in their frustration, doing nothing at best, doing something misguided and destructive at worst. You've been conned Tyler. The working class may have weapons but they aren't the right ones. And to believe that the "economic rejects" are the problem, well that's what you are supposed to believe so you will keep reaching for that carrot they hang over our heads every now and then, while they watch us beat each other just to get a piece. www.dirty-sneakers.com

Anonymous

the working poor are the middle class, chopping them down will be the end of this country's political system. timmothy mcviegh was and is a great hero of the american people just as nathan hale was to the first revolution. INVICTUS Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find me, unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.

Anonymous

the working poor are the middle class, chopping them down will be the end of this country's political system. timmothy mcviegh was and is a great hero of the american people just as nathan hale was to the first revolution. INVICTUS Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find me, unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.

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