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Welcome to the World Revolution in the Global Age of Rage


Welcome to the World Revolution in the Global Age of Rage

By: Andrew Gavin Marshall

Mass protest in Spain

 

I am currently writing a book on the global economic crisis and the global resistance, rebellious and revolutionary movements that have emerged in reaction to this crisis. Our world is in the midst of the greatest economic, social, and political crisis that humanity has ever collectively entered into. The scope is truly global in its context, and the effects are felt in every locality. The course of the global economic crisis is the direct and deliberate result of class warfare, waged by the political and economic elites against the people of the world. The objective is simple: all for them and none for you. At the moment, the crisis is particularly acute in Europe, as the European elites impose a coordinated strategy of class warfare against the people through “austerity” and “structural adjustment,” political euphemisms used to hide their true intention: poverty and exploitation.

The people of the world, however, are beginning to rise up, riot, resist, rebel and revolt. This brief article is an introduction to the protest movements and rebellions which have taken place around the world in the past few years against the entrenched systems and structures of power. This is but a small preview of the story that will be examined in my upcoming book. Please consider donating to The People’s Book Project in order to finance the completion of this volume.

Those who govern and rule over our world and its people have been aware of the structural and social changes which would result in bringing about social unrest and rebellion. In fact, they have been warning about the potential for such a circumstance of global revolutionary movements for a number of years. The elite are very worried, most especially at the prospect of revolutionary movements spreading beyond borders and the traditional confines of state structures. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter’s former National Security Adviser, co-founder with banker David Rockefeller of the Trilateral Commission, and an arch-elitist strategic thinker for the American empire, has been warning of what he terms the ‘Global Political Awakening’ as the central challenge for elites in a changing world.

In June of 2010, I published an article entitled, “The Global Political Awakening and the New World Order,” in which I examined this changing reality and in particular, the words of Zbigniew Brzezinski in identifying it. In December of 2008, Brzezinski published an article for the New York Times in which he wrote: “For the first time in history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive. Global activism is generating a surge in the quest for cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world scarred by memories of colonial or imperial domination.” This situation is made more precarious for elites as it takes place in a global transition in which the Atlantic powers – Western Europe and the United States – are experiencing a decline in their 500-year domination of the world. Brzezinski wrote that what is necessary to maintain control in this changing world is for the United States to spearhead “a collective effort for a more inclusive system of global management,” or in other words, more power for them. Brzezinski has suggested that, “the worldwide yearning for human dignity is the central challenge inherent in the phenomenon of global political awakening.” In 2005, Brzezinski wrote:

It is no overstatement to assert that now in the 21st century the population of much of the developing world is politically stirring and in many places seething with unrest. It is a population acutely conscious of social injustice to an unprecedented degree, and often resentful of its perceived lack of political dignity. The nearly universal access to radio, television and increasingly the Internet is creating a community of shared perceptions and envy that can be galvanized and channeled by demagogic political or religious passions. These energies transcend sovereign borders and pose a challenge both to existing states as well as to the existing global hierarchy, on top of which America still perches…

The youth of the Third World are particularly restless and resentful. The demographic revolution they embody is thus a political time-bomb, as well. With the exception of Europe, Japan and America, the rapidly expanding demographic bulge in the 25-year-old-and-under age bracket is creating a huge mass of impatient young people. Their minds have been stirred by sounds and images that emanate from afar and which intensify their disaffection with what is at hand. Their potential revolutionary spearhead is likely to emerge from among the scores of millions of students concentrated in the often intellectually dubious “tertiary level” educational institutions of developing countries… Typically originating from the socially insecure lower middle class and inflamed by a sense of social outrage, these millions of students are revolutionaries-in-waiting, already semi-mobilized in large congregations, connected by the Internet and pre-positioned for a replay on a larger scale of what transpired years earlier in Mexico City or in Tiananmen Square. Their physical energy and emotional frustration is just waiting to be triggered by a cause, or a faith, or a hatred.

Important to note is that Brzezinski has not simply been writing abstractly about this concept, but has been for years traveling to and speaking at various conferences and think tanks of national and international elites, who together form policy for the powerful nations of the world. Speaking to the elite American think tank, the Carnegie Council, Brzezinski warned of “the unprecedented global challenge arising out of the unique phenomenon of a truly massive global political awakening of mankind,” as we now live “in an age in which mankind writ large is becoming politically conscious and politically activated to an unprecedented degree, and it is this condition which is producing a great deal of international turmoil.” Brzezinski noted that much of the ‘awakening’ was being spurred on by America’s role in the world, and the reality of globalization (which America projects across the globe as the single global hegemon), and that this awakening “is beginning to create something altogether new: namely, some new ideological or doctrinal challenge which might fill the void created by the disappearance of communism.” He wrote that he sees “the beginnings, in writings and stirrings, of the making of a doctrine which combines anti-Americanism with anti-globalization, and the two could become a powerful force in a world that is very unequal and turbulent.

 

 

In 2007, the British Ministry of Defence issued a report looking at global trends over the following three decades to better plan for the “future strategic context” of the British military. The report noted that: “The middle classes could become a revolutionary class, taking the role envisaged for the proletariat by Marx… The world’s middle classes might unite, using access to knowledge, resources and skills to shape transnational processes in their own class interest.” In my April 2010 article, “The Global Economic Crisis: Riots, Rebellion, and Revolution,” I quoted the official British Defence Ministry report, which read:

Absolute poverty and comparative disadvantage will fuel perceptions of injustice among those whose expectations are not met, increasing tension and instability, both within and between societies and resulting in expressions of violence such as disorder, criminality, terrorism and insurgency. They may also lead to the resurgence of not only anti-capitalist ideologies, possibly linked to religious, anarchist or nihilist movements, but also to populism and the revival of Marxism.

In December of 2008, the managing director of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn warned that the economic crisis could lead to “violent unrest on the streets.” He stated that if the elite were not able to instill an economic recovery by 2010, “then social unrest may happen in many countries – including advanced economies,” meaning the Western and industrialized world. In February of 2009, the head of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Pascal Lamy, warned that the economic crisis “could trigger political unrest equal to that seen during the 1930s.” In May of 2009, the president of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, stated that if the economic crisis did not come to an end, “there is a risk of a serious human and social crisis with very serious political implications.”

In early 2009, the top intelligence official in the United States, Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence (who oversees all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies), stated that the global economic crisis had become the primary threat to America’s “security” (meaning domination). He told the Senate Intelligence Committee: “I’d like to begin with the global economic crisis, because it already looms as the most serious one in decades, if not centuries… Economic crises increase the risk of regime-threatening instability if they are prolonged for a one-or-two-year period… And instability can loosen the fragile hold that many developing countries have on law and order, which can spill out in dangerous ways into the international community.” He also noted that, “there could be a backlash against U.S. efforts to promote free markets because the crisis was triggered by the United States… We are generally held responsible for it.”

In December of 2008, police in Greece shot and killed a 15-year old student in Exarchia, a libertarian and anarchist stronghold in Athens. The murder resulted in thousands of protesters and riots erupting in the streets, in what the New York Times declared to be “the worst unrest in decades.” Triggered by the death of the young Greek student, the protests were the result of deeper, social and systemic issues, increasing poverty, economic stagnation and political corruption. Solidarity protests took place all over Europe, including Germany, France, and the U.K. But this was only a sample of what was to come over the following years.

In the early months of 2009, as the economic crisis was particularly blunt in the countries of Eastern Europe, with increased unemployment and inflation, the region was headed for a “spring of discontent,” as protests and riots took place in Lithuania, Bulgaria, and Latvia. In January of 2009, more than 10,000 people took to the streets in Latvia in one of the largest demonstrations since the end of Soviet rule. A demonstration of roughly 7,000 Lithuanians turned into a riot, and smaller clashes between police and protesters took place in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Hungary, while police in Iceland tear gassed a demonstration of roughly 2,000 people outside the parliament, leading to the resignation of the prime minister. The head of the IMF said that the economic crisis could cause more turmoil “almost everywhere,” adding: “The situation is really, really serious.” A mass strike took place in France, bringing hundreds of thousands of workers into the streets and pushing anti-capitalist activists and leaders to the front of a growing social movement.

May 1, 2009 – the labour activist day known as ‘May Day’ – saw protests and riots erupting across Europe, including Germany, Greece, Austria, Turkey and France. In Germany, banks were attacked by protesters, leading to many arrests; there were over 150,000 demonstrators in Ankara, Turkey; more than 10,000 people took to the streets in Madrid, Spain; thousands took to the streets in Italy and Russia and social unrest continued to spread through Eastern Europe. Results from a poll were released on early May 2009 reporting that in the United States, Italy, France, Spain, Britain and Germany, a majority of the populations felt that the economic crisis would lead to a rise in “political extremism.”

In April of 2009, the G20 met in London, and was met there with large protests, drawing tens of thousands of people into the streets. In London’s financial district, protesters smashed the windows of the Royal Bank of Scotland, which was the recipient of a massive government bailout during the early phases of the financial crisis. One man, Ian Tomlinson, dropped dead on the streets of London following an assault by a British police officer, who was later questioned under suspicion of manslaughter.

In November of 2011, a month of student protests and sit-ins erupted in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, triggered by budget cuts and tuition fees. The protests began in Austria, where students occupied the University of Vienna for over a month, quickly spreading to other cities and schools in Germany, where roughly 80,000 students took part in nationwide protests, with sit-ins taking place in 20 universities across the country, and the University of Basel in Switzerland was also occupied by students.

The small little island-country of Iceland has undergone what has been referred to as the “Kitchenware Revolution,” where the country had once been rated by the UN as the best country to live in as recently as 2007, and in late 2008, its banks collapsed and the government resigned amid the mass protests that took place. The banks were nationalized, Iceland got a new prime minister, a gay woman who brought into her cabinet a majority of women, fired bank CEOs; the constitution was re-written with significant citizen participation and the government took steps to write off debts and refused to bailout foreign investors. Now, the economy is doing much better, hence why no one is talking about Iceland in the media (woeful is power to the ‘tyranny’ of a good example). Iceland has even hired an ex-cop bounty hunter to track down and arrest the bankers that destroyed the country’s economy. As the debt burdens of a significant portion of the population of Iceland were eased, Iceland was projected in 2012 to have a faster growing economy than those in the euro area and the developed world. As reported by Bloomberg, the main difference between how Iceland has dealt with its massive economic crisis and how the rest of the ‘developed’ world has been dealing with it, is that Iceland “has put the needs of its population ahead of the markets at every turn.” Instead of rewarding bankers for causing the crisis, as we have done in Europe and North America, Icelanders have arrested them, and protected homeowners instead of evicting them.

As Greece came to dominate the news in early 2010, with talk of a bailout, protests began to erupt with more frequency in the small euro-zone country. In early May, a general strike was called in Greece against the austerity measures the government was imposing in order to get a bailout. Banks were set on fire, petrol bombs were thrown at riot police, who were pepper spraying, tear gassing, and beating protesters with batons, and three people died of suffocation in one of the bombed banks.

In May of 2010, British historian Simon Schama wrote an article for the Financial Times entitled, “The world teeters on the brink of a new age of rage,” in which he explained that historians “will tell you that there is often a time-lag between the onset of economic disaster and the accumulation of social fury.” In act one, he wrote, “the shock of a crisis initially triggers fearful disorientation” and a “rush for political saviours.” Act two witnesses “a dangerously alienated public” who “take stock of the brutal interruption of their rising expectations,” which leads to the grievance that someone “must have engineered the common misfortune,” which, I might add, is true (though Schama does not say so). To manage this situation, elites must engage in “damage-control” whereby perpetrators are brought to justice. Schama noted that, “the psychological impact of financial regulation is almost as critical as its institutional prophylactics,” or, in other words: the propaganda effect of so-called “financial regulation” on calming the angry plebs is as important (if not more so) as the financial regulations themselves. Thus, those who lobby against financial regulation, warned Scharma, “risk jeopardizing their own long-term interests.” If governments fail to “reassert the integrity of public stewardship,” then the public will come to perceive that “the perps and the new regime are cut from common cloth.” In the very least, wrote Scharma, elites attempting to implement austerity measures and other unpopular budget programs will need to “deliver a convincing story about the sharing of burdens,” for if they do not, it would “guarantee that a bad situation gets very ugly, very fast.”

As French President Nicolas Sarkozy began implementing austerity measures in France, particularly what is called “pension reform,” unions and supporters staged massive strikes in September of 2010, drawing up to three million people into the streets in over 230 demonstrations across the country. Soldiers armed with machine guns went on patrol at certain metro stations as government officials used the puffed up and conveniently-timed threat of a “terrorist attack” as being “high risk.” More strikes took place in October, with French students joining in the demonstrations, as students at roughly 400 high schools across the country built barricades of wheelie bins to prevent other students from attending classes, with reports of nearly 70% of French people supporting the strike. The reports of participants varied from the government figures of over 800,000 people to the union figures of 2-3 million people going out into the streets. The Wall Street Journal referred to the strikes as “an irrational answer” to Sarkozy’s “perfectly rational initiative” of reforms.

In November of 2010, Irish students in Dublin began protesting against university tuition increases, when peaceful sit-ins were met with violent riot police, and roughly 25,000 students took to the streets. This was the largest student protest in Ireland in a generation.

In Britain, where a new coalition government came to power – uniting the Conservatives (led by David Cameron, the Prime Minister) and the Liberal Democrats (led by Nick Clegg, Deputy PM) – tuition increases were announced, tripling the cost from 3 to 9,000 pounds. On November 10, as roughly 50,000 students took to the streets in London, the Conservative Party headquarters in central London had its windows smashed by students, who then entered the building and occupied it, even congregating up on the rooftop of the building. The police continued to ‘kettle’ protesters in the area, not allowing them to enter or leave a confined space, which of course results in violent reactions. Prime Minister David Cameron called the protest “unacceptable.” The Christian Science Monitor asked if British students were the “harbinger of future violence over austerity measures,” There were subsequent warnings that Britain was headed for a winter of unrest.

Tens of thousands again took to the streets in London in late November, including teenage students walking with university students, again erupting in riots, with the media putting in a great deal of focus on the role of young girls taking part in the protests and riots. The protests had taken place in several cities across the United Kingdom, largely peaceful save the ‘riot’ in London, and with students even occupying various schools, including Oxford. The student protests brought ‘class’ back into the political discourse. In November, several universities were occupied by students, including the School of Oriental and African Studies, UWE Bristol and Manchester Metropolitan. Several of the school occupations went for days or even weeks. Universities were then threatening to evict the students. The school occupations were the representation of a new potential grass-roots social movement building in the UK. Some commentators portrayed it as a “defining political moment for a generation.”

 

 

In early December of 2010, as the British Parliament voted in favour of the tripling of tuition, thousands of students protested outside, leading to violent confrontations with police, who stormed into crowds of students on horseback, firing tear gas, beating the youth with batons, as per usual. While the overtly aggressive tactics of police to ‘kettle’ protesters always creates violent reactions, David Cameron was able to thereafter portray the student reactions to police tactics as a “feral mob.” One student was twice pulled out from his wheelchair by police, and another student who was struck on the head with a baton was left with a brain injury. As the protests erupted into riots against the police into the night, one infamous incident included a moment where Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were attacked by rioters as their car drove through the crowd in what was called the “worst royal security breach in a generation,” as the royal couple were confronted directly by the angry plebs who attacked the Rolls-Royce and Camilla was even ‘prodded’ by a stick, as some protesters yelled, “off with their heads!” while others chanted, “Whose streets? Our streets!” As more student protests were set to take place in January of 2011, Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command contacted university officials requesting “intelligence” as students increased their protest activities, as more occupations were expected to take place.

In December of 2010, a Spanish air traffic controller strike took place, grounding flights for 330,000 people and resulting in the government declaring a state of emergency, threatening the strikers with imprisonment if they did not return to work.

Part way through December, an uprising began in the North African country of Tunisia, and by January of 2011, the 23-year long dictatorship of a French and American-supported puppet, Ben Ali, had come to an end. This marked the first major spark of what has come to be known as the Arab Spring. Protests were simultaneously erupting in Algeria, Jordan, Egypt, Yemen, and elsewhere. In late January of 2011, I wrote an article entitled, “Are we witnessing the start of a global revolution?,” noting that the protests in North Africa were beginning to boil up in Egypt most especially. Egypt entered its modern revolutionary period, resulting in ending the rule of the long-time dictator, Hosni Mubarak, and though the military has been attempting to stem the struggle of the people, the revolutionary struggle continues to this day, and yet the Obama administration continues to give $1.3 billion in military aid to support the violent repression of the democratic uprising. The small Arab Gulf island of Bahrain (which is home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet) also experienced a large democratic uprising, which has been consistently and brutally crushed by the local monarchy and Saudi Arabia, with U.S. support, including the selling of arms to the dictatorship.

 

 

In early 2011, the British student protests joined forces with a wider anti-austerity social protest against the government. As protests continued over the following months all across the country, banks became a common target, noting the government’s efforts to spend taxpayer money to bailout corrupt banks and cut health, social services, welfare, pensions, and increase tuition. Several bank branches were occupied and others had protests – often very creatively imagined – organized outside closed bank branches. On March 26, roughly 500,000 protesters took to the streets of London against austerity measures. As late as July 2011, a student occupation of a school continued at Leeds.

Throughout 2011, protests in Greece picked up in size and rage. In February, roughly 100,000 people took to the streets in Athens against the government’s austerity measures, leading to clashes with riot police that lasted for three hours, with police using tear gas and flash bombs and some protesters reacting with rocks and petrol bombs. In June of 2011, Greece experienced major clashes between protesters and police, or what are often called “riots.” During a general strike in late June, police went to war against protesters assembled in central Athens. Protests continued throughout the summer and into the fall, and in November, roughly 50,000 Greeks took to the streets in Athens.

 

 

In March of 2011, as Portugal plunged forward into its own major crisis and closer to a European Union bailout, roughly 300,000 Portuguese took to the streets of Lisbon and other cities protesting against the government’s austerity measures. Driven by the youth, calling themselves Portugal’s “desperate generation,” in part inspired by the youth uprisings in North Africa, the Financial Times referred to it as “an unexpected protest movement that has tapped into some of Portugal’s deepest social grievances.”

The Portuguese protests in turn inspired the Spanish “Indignados” or 15-M movement (named after the 15th of May, when the protests began), as youth – the indignant ones – or the “lost generation,” occupied Madrid’s famous Puerta del Sol on May 15, 2011, protesting against high unemployment, the political establishment, and the government’s handling of the economic crisis. The authorities responded in the usual way: they attempted to ban the protests and then sent in riot police. Thousands of Spaniards – primarily youth – occupied the central square, setting up tents and building a small community engaging in debate, discussion and activism. In a massive protest in June of 2011, over 250,000 Spaniards took the streets in one of the largest protests in recent Spanish history. Over the summer, as the encampment was torn down, the Indignados refined their tactics, and began to engage in direct action by assembling outside homes and preventing evictions from taking place, having stopped over 200 evictions since May of 2011, creating organic vegetable gardens in empty spaces, supporting immigrant workers in poor communities, and creating “a new social climate.”

The Indignados spurred solidarity and similar protests across Europe, including Greece, Belgium, France, Germany, the U.K., and beyond. In fact, the protests even spread to Israel, where in July of 2011, thousands of young Israelis established tent cities in protest against the rising cost of living and decreasing social spending, establishing itself on Rothschild Boulevard, a wealthy avenue in Tel Aviv named after the exceedingly wealthy banking dynasty. The protest, organized through social media, quickly spread through other cities across Israel. In late July, over 150,000 Israelis took to the streets in 12 cities across the country in the largest demonstration the country had seen in decades, demonstrating against the “rising house prices and rents, low salaries, [and] the high cost of raising children and other social issues.” In early August, another protest drew 320,000 people into the streets, leading some commentators to state that the movement marked “a revolution from a generation we thought was unable to make a revolution.” In early September, roughly 430,000 Israelis took to the streets in the largest demonstration in Israeli history.

In May and June of 2011, a student movement began to erupt in Chile, fighting against the increased privatization of their school system and the debt-load that comes with it. The state – the remnants of the Pinochet dictatorship – responded in the usual fashion: state violence, mass arrests, attempting to make protesting illegal. In clashes between students and riot police that took place in August, students managed to occupy a television station demanding a live broadcast to express their demands, with the city of Santiago being converted into “a state of siege” against the students. The “Chilean Winter” – as it came to be known – expanded into a wider social movement, including labour and environmental and indigenous groups, and continues to this very day.

 

 

The Indignados further inspired the emergence of the Occupy Movement, which began with occupy Wall Street in New York City on 17 September of 2011, bringing the dialectic of the “99% versus the 1%” into the popular and political culture. The Occupy movement, which reflected the initial tactics of the Indignados in setting up tents to occupy public spaces, quickly spread across the United States, Canada, Europe, and far beyond. There were Occupy protests that took place as far away as South Africa, in dozens of cities across Canada, in countries and cities all across Latin America, in Israel, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and in hundreds of cities across the United States.

On October 15, 2011, a day of global protests took place, inspired by the Arab Spring, the Indignados, and the Occupy movement, when over 950 cities in 82 countries around the world experienced a global day of action originally planned for by the Spanish Indignados as a European-wide day of protest. In Italy, over 400,000 took to the streets; in Spain there were over 350,000, roughly 50,000 in New York City, with over 100,000 in both Portugal and Chile.

 

 

The Occupy movement was subsequently met with violent police repression and evictions from the encampments. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was busy spying on various Occupy groups around the country, and reportedly was involved in coordinating the crack-downs and evictions against dozens of Occupy encampments, as was later confirmed by declassified documents showing White House involvement in the repression. The FBI has also undertaken a “war of entrapment” against Occupy groups, attempting to discredit the movement and frame its participants as potential terrorists. Following the example of tactical change in the Indignados, the Occupy groups began refurbishing foreclosed homes for the homeless, helping families reclaim their homes, disrupting home foreclosure auctions, and even take on local community issues, such as issues of racism through the group, Occupy the Hood.

In late November of 2011, a public sector workers’ strike took place in the U.K., with tens of thousands of people marching in the streets across the country, as roughly two-thirds of schools shut and thousands of hospital operations postponed, while unions estimated that up to two million people went on strike. The host of a popular British television show, Jeremy Clarkson, said in a live interview that the striking workers should be taken out and shot in front of their families.

In January of 2012, protests erupted in Romania against the government’s austerity measures, leading to violent clashes with police, exchanging tear gas and firebombs. As the month continued, the protests grew larger, demanding the ouster of the government. The Economist referred to it as Romania’s “Winter of Discontent.” In early February, the Romanian Prime Minister resigned in the face of the protests.

In February of 2012, a student strike began in the French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec against the provincial government’s plan to nearly double the cost of tuition, bringing hundreds of thousands of students into the streets, who were in turn met with consistent state repression and violence, in what became known as the ‘Maple Spring.’ Dealing with issues of debt, repression, and media propaganda, the Maple Spring presented an example for student organizing elsewhere in Canada and North America. The government of Quebec opposes organized students but works with organized crime – representing what can be called a ‘Mafiocracy’ – and even passed a law attempting to criminalize student demonstrations. The student movement received support and solidarity from around the world, including the Chilean student movement and even a group of nearly 150 Greek academics who proclaimed their support in the struggle against austerity for the “largest student strike in the history of North America.”

 

 

In the spring of 2012, Mexican students mobilized behind the Yo Soy 132 movement – or the “Mexican Spring” – struggling against media propaganda and the political establishment in the lead-up to national elections, and tens of thousands continued to march through the streets decrying the presidential elections as rigged and fraudulent. The Economist noted that Mexican students were beginning to “revolt.”

In May of 2012, both the Indignados and the Occupy Movement undertook a resurgence of their street activism, while the occupy protests in Seattle and Oakland resulting in violent clashes and police repression. The protests drew Occupy and labour groups closer together, and police also repressed a resurgent Occupy protest in London.

In one of the most interesting developments in recent months, we have witnessed the Spanish miners strike in the province of Asturias, having roughly 8,000 miners strike against planned austerity measures, resorting to constructing barricades and directly fighting riot police who arrived in their towns to crush the resistance of the workers. The miners have even been employing unique tactics, such as constructing make-shift missiles which they fire at the advancing forces of police repression. For all the tear gas, rubber bullets and batons being used by police to crush the strike, the miners remain resolved to continue their struggle against the state. Interestingly, it was in the very region of Asturias where miners rebelled against the right-wing Spanish government in 1934 in one of the major sparks of the Spanish Civil War which pitted socialists and anarchists against Franco and the fascists. After weeks of clashes with police in mining towns, the striking workers planned a march to Madrid to raise attention to the growing struggle. The miners arrived in Madrid in early July to cheering crowds, but were soon met with repressive police, resulting in clashes between the people and the servants of the state. As the Spanish government continued with deeper austerity measures, over one million people marched in the streets of over 80 cities across Spain, with violent clashes resulting between protesters and police in Madrid.

 

 

This brief look at the resistance, rebellious and revolutionary movements emerging and erupting around the world is by no means an exhaustive list, nor is it meant to be. It is merely a brief glimpse at the movements with which I intend to delve into detail in researching and writing about in my upcoming book, and to raise the question once again: Are we witnessing the start of a global revolution?

I would argue that, yes, indeed, we are. How long it takes, how it manifests and evolves, its failures and successes, the setbacks and leaps forward, and all the other details will be for posterity to acknowledge and examine. What is clear at present, however, is that no matter how much the media, governments and other institutions of power attempt to ignore, repress, divide and even destroy revolutionary social movements, they are increasingly evolving and emerging, in often surprising ways and with different triggering events and issues. There is, however, a commonality: where there is austerity in the world, where there is repression, where there is state, financial and corporate power taking all for themselves and leaving nothing for the rest, the rest are now rising up.

Welcome to the World Revolution.

 

Andrew Gavin Marshall is an independent researcher and writer based in Montreal, Canada, writing on a number of social, political, economic, and historical issues. He is also Project Manager of The People’s Book Project. He also hosts a weekly podcast show, “Empire, Power, and People,” on BoilingFrogsPost.com.

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37 Comments

  1. XH says:

    I’d be very careful and cynical about these “revolutions” that are popping out of nowhere. Revolution, resistance, and retaliation is exactly what they want – how else are the masses supposed to be herded from one master to another?

    Have you watched the new show Continuum? It is all about corporate take-over of the world, and how rebels “Liber8″ tries to prevent the corporate take-over of the planet by the powers-that-be…but will they succeed? Maybe, in the short-term, but not for long.

    You have to ask yourself, “What sets apart the ‘revolutionaries’ from the elites already present?”

    So, resist, react, and demand as much revolutions you want – it will not make a dent in the real agenda and the real plan that is unfolding right in front of our eyes – if we have eyes to see that is.

    • James Freeman says:

      There is only one true law and that law respects every person as being sovereign under one all mighty prime creator. The law that law enforcement follows today is one that tries to completely take the individual freedom of each personal to control their own life as long as it does not harm any other person. Everyone has the right to protect themselves from any evasive, and egotistical authority, even our own government when they get so powerful to take away our rights.

      I am an 80 year old natural born citizen of the United States of America and I am getting sick and tired of a few people thinking that they are my god and trying to tell me what I can put in my body or stealing my property through robber taxes. The lazy SOB’s probably have never known what it is to have anything without forcefully taking it.

      And one more thing, if our politicians don’t stop blatantly lying to us they should be replaced with someone we can believe and know what the truth is. It is disgusting to have so many pathetic liars representing our country!

  2. Hi! XH

    I read your comment and I would like to add my view of the situation ….

    The only certain way to “Win” or to have our demands met is to shame the Rich Folks. They must be shown to be “Unpatriotic”. To make it impossible for the Rich Folks to enjoy their wealth. Have anybody who even “Smells” of wealth too afraid/ashamed to step outside their front doors. Let them remain indoors and count their fortune, but don’t allow them outdoors to enjoy their fortune. Not to allow them to participate within the community unless they become “Patriotic” to the community at large. (If they step outdoors, their clothing needs to be sprayed with bleach as an example, or the paint on their cars need to be scrached.) Each time they step outdoors must mean paranoid misery or concern.

    A certain method of “Occupation Success” is to “Occupy” the freight railway service (not rapid transit). There are railroad tracks passing through every major city in North America. 80 percent of all goods move by freight rail. People need to walk slowly along the railway tracks adjacent to their city and thus no need for a “March” to Washington or Ottawa. Slowing down frieght services will bring North America to its knees overnight. Just the threat alone would necessitate the rail companies to slow down at their own choice for fear of injury or lawsuits.

    I wrote more about it here. I’m not a very good writer, but I do read alot.

    http://www.dotandcalm.com/calm-archive/EconomicNotes.html

    One other point I would like to make about the Occupy Movement.

    The establishment knows full well that the only reason the Occupy Movement did not become “Whole” was because the visible minorities wanted to keep their powder dry. The visible minorities don’t want to destroy the first black presidency.

    Once Obama leaves office, the Occupy Movement will be front and center stage, (Complete and Whole) and pose the largest threat to the Ruling Class since the 1960’s.

    Calm

  3. James Freeman says:

    It would be wise for our elected officials to heed some of the words of one of our most wise founding father:

    “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” Thomas Jefferson

    ‘GOVERNMENTS DERIVE THEIR JUST POWERS FROM THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERENED’

    • You say that “just” powers are derived from the consent of the governed. What if the governed are “mind controlled” by the “consent” creators? Then what? Just a thought from years of lecturing in Marketing and advertising ie mind control. Thanks RDuanewilling

      • Xinyu Hu says:

        I have a better question: What if everyone is under mind control – right now? When I say everyone, I mean every single human being on this planet, no exceptions.

      • James Freeman says:

        You are very correct in your observation. The fact remains that you and I can only answer for our self in the way we think or act, and speaking for myself, I desire to control my own life and give no permission to any other soul to have control over me. That is just the way it is (to echo the words of congressman Ted Poe of Texas).

  4. […] 1, 2012 ⋅ Leave a Comment The following is a Spanish translation of my article, “Welcome to the World Revolution in the Global Age of Rage,” translated courtesy of Verdad […]

  5. […] – “Welcome to the World Revolution in the Global Age of Rage” […]

  6. […] – “Welcome to the World Revolution in the Global Age of Rage” […]

  7. […] We seem to be a ‘lost generation,’ doomed to suffer through the ‘Age of Austerity.’ When we stand up for ourselves, we are insulted, derided, and the State moves in to violently repress us. We need hope. We need opportunities. And we need ideas. New ideas. I am hoping to do everything I can to help get needed information and new ideas out to people, who can use these facts and ideas to inform their actions and seek true, lasting change, not the Obama-brand corporate-controlled PR-engineered “change,” but real change, systemic change, and revolutionary change. […]

  8. […] We seem to be a ‘lost generation,’ doomed to suffer through the ‘Age of Austerity.’ When we stand up for ourselves, we are insulted, derided, and the State moves in to violently repress us. We need hope. We need opportunities. And we need ideas. New ideas. I am hoping to do everything I can to help get needed information and new ideas out to people, who can use these facts and ideas to inform their actions and seek true, lasting change, not the Obama-brand corporate-controlled PR-engineered “change,” but real change, systemic change, and revolutionary change. […]

  9. lordx101 says:

    @ James Freeman – How do you know that something is not already controlling you? What if free-will is just an illusion and a hypnotically induced thought form? What then? What if the entire purpose of all resistance and revolution is to aid the thought process in its hypnotic trance seduction goal of total control of You? How do any of you know that you are not already all victims of mass mind control/hypnosis?

    • James Freeman says:

      That is a good and a fair question, I know that I believe that all people have a right to control their own lives as long as it does not infringe on my life. I believe that life is sacred and love is the motivating force that moves all things. But to get back to your question about some one else controlling me, my answer is; I have the ability to discern my actions and I do have a choice to act based on my understanding and my own moral beliefe structure.
      I like who I am and see the world as basicaly good with a few insecure people that want to try to control others but I hold out hope that they will come to their senses, on the other hand in actuality everyone (and I mean everyone) that I meet physically during the day, are friendly, loving, hard working people that would give you the shirt off their backs if you asked for it but you had better not steal or take from these honest people. Therefore, I get my beliefe that the vast majority of people are good.
      Now, if someone else is controling my thought processes, I say ‘Keep it up’, and would you please help those poor unfortunate people that want to control others.

      • lordx101 says:

        @ James Freeman – “I believe that life is sacred and love is the motivating force that moves all things” – If life is so sacred, then why is there endless disease, anxiety, despair, inequality, and disparity between different forms of “life?” If “life” is so sacred, why is there so much war and “natural” disasters occurring? I presume that you may believe in some kind of “god” (correct me if I am wrong)…

        Furthermore, what if what if what is controlling you and every human being on this planet is the intellectual thought process?

        “I like who I am and see the world as basicaly good…” What is “good?” What is “bad?” Are things really divided as that of good and bad, or are they too illusions?

        Finally, what if “love” is just an imaginary concept with no validity whatsoever…just like “democracy” and “freedom” are all equally illusions of the imaginary body known as “humanity?”

    • James Freeman says:

      Stop ! take a deep breath aqnd think a minute! If somone was controling your mind, you wouldn’t be able to make choices in life. Get a grip! Every day you have options to do what ever you want to do, those options would not be available to yo if someone else was controling your mind, Get a good nights sleep and thank your creator that you have options in life to do what ever makes you happy.

      • I wouldn’t spend your time attempting to ‘debate’ with nihilists; who simply adhere to an idea that everything is mere illusion and nothing is real, therefore, don’t do anything to change anything, ever. It’s an intellectual cop-out philosophy, void of hope and love, yet driven by a belief in their own superiority of thought, where they have it “all figured out,” and everyone else is rather stupid for “playing the game.” Their objective in debating others is merely to get others to accept that everything is nothing and there is no point to anything, and thus, there is no point in attempting to change anything. The very concept of a nihilist ‘debating’ someone is contradictory, since they shouldn’t actually care if anyone believes them or holds their ideas, because, after all, it’s all meaningless in the end. Any nihilist who does debate, therefore, does so from a belief in their own intellectual superiority, and the only person they are trying to convince… is themselves. Don’t humour those who don’t believe in humour. It’s a waste of time and energy. Cheers!
        Andrew

      • lordx101 says:

        Really Andrew? Nihilism is really that awful to you? You guys are just the flip side of the global elite – no different than the elites who already rule the world. Both you and them are ruled by fear, paranoia, anxiety, greed, and anger (rage) at the elites. Even if you guys all manage to overthrow the elites – what then?

        What separates your brand of elitism from the elitism of the current global elites and transnational capitalist elites?

  10. lordx101 says:

    I might also add that you guys keep on searching for enemies outside of yourselves. The real “enemy” is you, literally.

  11. lordx101 says:

    Here is something to consider: “The Conspiracy Movement and the Truth Seekers have risen to the cause to perpetuate the lunacy of the luciferian agenda. This movement sees the synchronistic nature of things, the illusory nature of things, but then reveals nothing of what Reality is, for they know nothing of what is truly going on, in exactly the same way the illuminati elite perpetuate an agenda, without the slightest inkling of the hidden grand agenda. This Conspiracy Movement points to where corruption arises within the 3 dimensional experience, but has no comprehension whatsoever, to show the way out of the corrupt trance state. All this works nicely in the dance with the elite.”

    • James Freeman says:

      I am an 80 year old man, don’t have much in the way of material stuff but have excellent health, haven’t seen a medical doctor for over 30 years, take no drugs (especially the pharmaceutical kind, I would never take the poisen they put out), don’t wear glasses (have perfect vision), don’t have hearing aids (can hear a pin drop 30 feet away),
      but I am active and happy because I know that a loving GOD is my creator and boss and will always provide every need in my life, therefore I make no judgements in life and am living a life with not one iota of fear (not even a fear of death or pain), so even if the walls come crashing down around me, I will say blessing to the mentally disturbed ones that feel they have to control everything (they will never control me), that is just the way it is), so let the conspiracies happen, I have learned that I have no control over them and certainly no control over any other living soul, and if lucifer is a factual being I will pray that it goes to hell where it belongs.
      My life is truly GOOD. The sun will come out tomorrow (Little Ophen Annie philosophy)

      • lordx101 says:

        Very well James Freeman. What is the foundation of the entire 3D world? What is the foundation of the elite agenda? And why do you need to believe in an allegedly “loving” god? Why do you need a creator and a boss? Why do you feel the need to be bossed around by your “creator?”

      • James Freeman says:

        I don’t have a ‘NEED’ to believe in an ‘ALLEGEDLY’ anything. My personal creator is a certainty to me and that knowledge gives me certainty and comfort. As far as the subject of bosas goes, GOD would never boss anyone as GOD gives free will to all.
        The knowing that an omnificent all powerful spiritual energy created me gives me the assurance that I am the only one that is responsible for my out come in life here on earth. If you stop to think about it, nature provides everything you and I and everyone else need to survive.
        I honor your right to your belief structure as well as everybody’s belief structue. My belief in in an all powerful lovihg creator is, and allways will be unshakable!

      • lordx101 says:

        Based on your life experience, your claims about “god” may or may not be true. But, step outside of your comfort zone, and you will find something else entirely – not only does “god” not give a damn, s/he/it is more than willing to have massive blood sacrifice whenever it suits s/he/its desires.

  12. James Freeman says:

    Not even the smartest person on earth has all the answers, so what makes you think you do?
    I think I mentioned earlier that I have no fear of death and I find all the action of this world as proof that this world has a bunch of certified psycopaths running loose and should be locked up for their own safety. I will always have the choise to control my own life, and my life is good and my next life will be exciting (only I know that to be the truth) . You see, I will always know and act on that which I decide is right, but I have no idea what is right for others so I will never interfere in their lives and never try to tell them their thinking is wrong because that is just plain arrogant

    • Do yourself a favour, and do not engage the troll any further. It won’t get anywhere, and it will keep returning for more.

      • lordx101 says:

        @ Andrew G. Marshall: So, to question the assumptions of the conspiracy movement is to be a “troll?” And apparently, the “troll” is dehumanized and demonized as “it.” Proves my point. Conspiracy Theorism is a religion full of zealots, driven by fervour, and intellectualized/hypnotized zealous extremists inspired by paranoia, insecurity, and the need to react to the Elite agenda. Did you forget your Hegelian dialect? Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis. Elites versus Conspiracy Theorists = New World Order.

  13. […] also only witnessed but that starting signs of hope, of struggle, of resistance, and of action in an age of rage, and a coming world revolution. We have been fortunate enough to witness and partake in the beginning of what will be a long […]

  14. […] of crisis reveals deep flaws in the structures, ideology, and actions of power. We are witnessing the rapid proliferation of global resistance movements, but it requires much more for them to become global revolutionary movements. It has only begun, […]

  15. […] also only witnessed but that starting signs of hope, of struggle, of resistance, and of action in an age of rage, and a coming world revolution. We have been fortunate enough to witness and partake in the beginning of what will be a long […]

  16. […] of crisis reveals deep flaws in the structures, ideology, and actions of power. We are witnessing the rapid proliferation of global resistance movements, but it requires much more for them to become global revolutionary movements. It has only begun, […]

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  19. […] 6: Andrew Gavin Marshall, “Welcome to the World Revolution in the Global Age of Rage,” Andrew Gavin Marshall, July 30, 2012 (http://andrewgavinmarshall.com/2012/07/30/welcome-to-the-world-revolution-in-the-global-age-of-rage/) […]

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