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The First Great Global Uprising

For a few weeks, millions of people broke from their daily routines and … lived.
First Great Global Uprising

A Brief History of Revolution

In May 1968, the Situationist-inspired Paris riots set off “a chain reaction of refusal” against consumer capitalism. First students, then workers, then professors, nurses, doctors, bus drivers and a piecemeal league of artists, anarchists and Enragés took to the streets, erected barricades, fought with police, occupied offices, factories, dockyards, railway depots, theaters and university campuses, sang songs, issued manifestos, sprayed slogans like live without dead time and down with the spectacular-commodity culture all over their city and challenged the established order of their time in the most visceral way. The breadth of the dissent was remarkable. “Art students demanded the realization of art; music students called for ‘wild and ephemeral music’; footballers kicked out managers with the slogan ‘football to the football players’; gravediggers occupied cemeteries; doctors, nurses, and the interns at a psychiatric hospital organized in solidarity with the inmates.” For a few weeks, millions of people who had worked their whole lives in offices and factories broke from their daily routines and … lived.

It was “the largest general strike that ever stopped the economy of an advanced industrial country, and the first wildcat general strike in history,” and it spread rapidly, first around Paris and France and then around the world. At the height of the uprising in Paris’s Latin Quarter, 50,000 people marched in Bonn, and 3,000 took to the streets in Rome. Three days later, students revolted at the University of Milan. The next day, students staged a sit-in at the University of Miami. Then skirmishes erupted in Madrid, Berkeley, New York City, Frankfurt and Santiago. The wave reached London, Vancouver, Dakar, Munich, Vienna and Buenos Aires, then Tokyo, Osaka, Zurich, Rio, Bangkok, Düsseldorf, Mexico City, Saigon, La Paz, Chicago, Venice, Montreal and Auckland. For a few heady weeks a tantalizing question hung in the air: What if the whole world turned into the Latin Quarter? Could this be the beginning of the first global revolution?

Kalle Lasn, Culture Jam


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Anonymous

it's ignorant and arrogant to think that some all knowing and all seeing entity will come and "save us". spirituality can be used for metaphysical thought and empirical insight. it will not come crashing down from the sky and make you care about other people. the only think that can do that is you.

Anonymous

it's ignorant and arrogant to think that some all knowing and all seeing entity will come and "save us". spirituality can be used for metaphysical thought and empirical insight. it will not come crashing down from the sky and make you care about other people. the only think that can do that is you.

ProperAgenda

Dont let
Adam Curtis's-"Century of Self" Documentary completely shut you down!
While it is one of most truthful insights on how this consumer world was built..
but it wasn't made for you to say oh well I give up either....

ProperAgenda

Dont let
Adam Curtis's-"Century of Self" Documentary completely shut you down!
While it is one of most truthful insights on how this consumer world was built..
but it wasn't made for you to say oh well I give up either....

Benya Cohn

i've come to understand that revolution begins with oneself. we can lead by the example of our revolutionary lifestyles. it can be a bit frustrating when choices are few. i live on a hawaiian island where most of our resources are imported and most of our economy is based on tourism. i only do what i can to minimize the poison. i know that most people won't turn their televisions off or stop poisoning themselves with bad diets, alcohol, coffee, sugar, drugs and many other things. still everyday i talk to people and they tell me i look better and happier than ever. i attribute that to a healthy poison free lifestyle along with meditative spiritualist perspective. when western culutre realizes that we are only killing people, animals and ecosystems to further the poisoning of ourselves...then perhaps things will change.

Benya Cohn

i've come to understand that revolution begins with oneself. we can lead by the example of our revolutionary lifestyles. it can be a bit frustrating when choices are few. i live on a hawaiian island where most of our resources are imported and most of our economy is based on tourism. i only do what i can to minimize the poison. i know that most people won't turn their televisions off or stop poisoning themselves with bad diets, alcohol, coffee, sugar, drugs and many other things. still everyday i talk to people and they tell me i look better and happier than ever. i attribute that to a healthy poison free lifestyle along with meditative spiritualist perspective. when western culutre realizes that we are only killing people, animals and ecosystems to further the poisoning of ourselves...then perhaps things will change.

Anonymous

latin quartier is splendid...but too touristic, i find. oh, as for the article...delightful. i found its uprising spirit uplifting.

Anonymous

latin quartier is splendid...but too touristic, i find. oh, as for the article...delightful. i found its uprising spirit uplifting.

Francesco Sinibaldi

Le chant des feuilles désolées.

Le calme de
la première
nostalgie m'appelle,
quand le son
de la neige
encore disparaît;
cette image
invente un triste
profil, le chant
du soleil dans
la voix de la
mer....

Francesco Sinibaldi

Francesco Sinibaldi

Le chant des feuilles désolées.

Le calme de
la première
nostalgie m'appelle,
quand le son
de la neige
encore disparaît;
cette image
invente un triste
profil, le chant
du soleil dans
la voix de la
mer....

Francesco Sinibaldi

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