Monday, May 16, 2011

The New Enemy of Economic Recovery: Austerity Protesters

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Eric Blair
Activist Post

As the United States surpasses the debt ceiling today, and Obama and Boehner play "let's make a deal" for deep cuts to the budget, citizens must prepare for austerity measures of higher taxes and less benefits.  These cutbacks won't necessarily be as evident as European austerity, because Americans scarcely get anything tangible from their tax dollars.  However, cutbacks will likely bring similar hardship and protest.

The increasingly ferocious protests over public service cuts and asset looting in the Euro-zone hints at what may be in store for America. Over the weekend a Washington Post article described the escalating unrest in Greece over punishing austerity measures.  However, the thrust of the article was to create the new enemy of the economy recovery: austerity "anarchists":
The protests are an emblem of social discontent spreading across Europe in response to a new age of austerity. At a time when the United States is just beginning to consider deep spending cuts, countries such as Greece are coping with a fallout that has extended well beyond ordinary civil disobedience. 
Perhaps most alarming, analysts here say, has been the resurgence of an anarchist movement, one with a long history in Europe. While militants have been disrupting life in Greece for years, authorities say that anger against the government has now given rise to dozens of new 'amateur anarchist groups, whose tactics include planting of gas canisters in mailboxes and destroying bank ATMs. 
Some attacks have gone further, heightening concerns about a return to the kind of left-wing violence that plagued parts of Europe during the 1970s and 1980s. After urban guerrillas mailed explosive parcels to European leaders and detonated a powerful bomb last year in front of an Athens courthouse, authorities here have staged a series of raids, arresting dozens and yielding caches of machine guns, grenades and bomb-making materials.
The article is a carefully crafted smear piece with a clear intention to link anyone who opposes the banking cartel's slavery of entire nations to militant anarchists.  Anarchists that must be hunted down like terrorists. And the so-called "amateur anarchists" are described by Mary Bossi, one of Greece’s leading terrorism experts, as “...just a few frustrated high school students with a Web site, but as we continue to see, others have the potential to be dangerous.”

The article goes on to describe all the various forms of violence that protesters are committing throughout Europe and how much of a threat it is to law and order.  And the "order" of the day is submission to continued raping of services and assets where riot police thankfully enforce the "law".

To the author's credit, he includes quotes that accurately describe the frustrations of the European citizens:
'There is a sense of general injustice, that the government bailed out capitalism and the citizens are footing the bill while the capitalist system is running like nothing ever happened,' said Bart Cammaerts, an expert in anarchist movements at the London School of Economics. 'And yet, things have happened. There are more taxes, less services, and anger is emerging from that tension.
However, in the next breath, like all establishment pieces covering this story, it describes the threat of runaway debt and bankruptcy facing these nations.  In other words, playing the fear card of further suffering if nothing is done to coral the uncontrollable debt -- with the solution being more centralized bailouts that will "surely come with a requirement to slash domestic spending even further."

In what might be the most telling section of this brilliantly-crafted propaganda piece, the perception of a  majority is used to justify these "reforms".  The reporter, vaguely but with certainty, refers to Greek polls that show a broad support for austerity reforms, while at the same time characterizing the minority who oppose them as "extremists":
To be sure, polls show that a majority of Greeks — tired of waste, corruption and public largesse — largely support the reforms. But without doubt, experts say, extremism is on the rise and could disrupt attempts to get the nation back on track. (emphasis added)
This is an obvious ploy attempting to get the reader to fear the "radical minority" of dissenters and just submit to the will of the majority because aren't we all "tired of waste, corruption, and public largesse"?  To further drive this manufactured intention home, it details and blames the fringe aspects of the extreme left and right.  It personalizes a journey to radicalism as if begging for violence as a justification of the brutal counter-offensive to peaceful dissent.  A young Greek activist is quoted:
'I don’t support violence for violence’s sake, but violence is a response to the violence the government is committing against society,' Galanos said. He later added, 'It is now hard for any of us to see a future here. I feel it’s my duty to fight against the system.'
Noticeably absent from this article was any reference to the manufactured financial collapse and lack of any significant reform to the perpetrators.  Instead, the thrust of blame is placed squarely on the lowly citizen, especially if they keep pointing to the bailout corruption. Indeed, the theme is clear; more debt and flesh is needed to satisfy the international bankers' debt despite their clear role in the causation of the "crisis".  The establishment will categorize dissent as "extremism" that threatens economic recovery. And the bankers will get their pound of flesh from their slaves.

In America, the fear of government debt is drawing similar support for gutting spending.  Yet, big government has no intention of slashing spending on wars, the bloated surveillance industry, corporate bailouts, or heavy-handed regulators. The banks, military industry, oil companies, big agriculture and big pharma will keep getting their bailouts and subsidies, while everyday Americans will be stretched even thinner.  If debt-ridden countries in Europe are an accurate indicator, the anger of downtrodden Americans will likely grow, the flames of extremism will be fanned, and the establishment will crush dissent of the "radical minority".

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Anonymous said...

Excellent article!

The circus of the parasites' attack against the people, the people's radicalization - protest and other actions - followed by the State's clampdown on their activities and removal of citizen rights will continue. It's a self-strengthening vicious circle.

Lokiare said...

The real problem is that they don't know that by putting the brunt on bottom level citizens they are really only hurting themselves. Eventually there will be an economic crash that will put the bottom level citizens into the traditional 'slave' category. i.e. no pay, no rights etc...etc... at that point they will rise up and overthrow them regardless of the technological advantage they have. If they were smart they'd quit trying to manipulate the system and build a real, sustainable, economy...

Anonymous said...

"In America, the fear of government debt is drawing similar support for gutting spending." We are facing one of two things right now:
1. This is a planned destruction of the economy or
2. We elected a bunch of dummies.
Both explanations are plausible.
Never before in my lifetime, has there been such stupid decisions, comments, etc.

Anonymous said...

A real, sustainable economy is a nightmare to them - they are sociopaths, thinking they are better than us. They NEED to treat us like slaves. It is their "drug". I think we all know what the only, real alternative is. The cancer needs to be cut out. They need to be brought to justice and that won't happen as long as we're in the current monetary system. The change we need is a huge one and it won't happen over night. Also, 95% of the populace on our planet cannot see through the matrix that they are living in - the sheeple will blindly obey their masters, even if it is bad for them. To them WE are the problem, we the "conspiracy theorists", even though we know that the conspiracies are not just theories.

Anonymous said...

The government and the banks are a pyramid scheme, supported by those on the bottom (us). Stop supporting these parasitic bastards and they will have no power. It's very simple. We don't need them or their silly laws. Ignore them, stop playing their game. But do it peacefully. Once you get violent, they know how to handle you. Study "Lawful Rebelion"

Kevin Gilmour said...

Great Article.
Here in the UK we have been living under the austerity umbrella for some time now. Thanks to some great efforts of bloggers, article writers and UK Uncut we are getting the message out to the British public on the damage this is causing. The recent declaration from the British government, stating at the start of the Libyan conflict, to having a "contingency fund" to allow it to kill people only fuelled anger among the British public who had been spoon fed a mass of lies saying "we were broke" on top of the lies about the Libyan campaign itself. A "contingency fund" for war! Why not a "contingency fund" for a more moral use like easing the financial issues of the British public? I agree the US does not get as much back from central government but any cuts to public spending should be resisted, it will bring more hardship too an already pressured population as they try to survive this economic collapse. The US public should not be afraid nor suppressed to voice their opinion to these measures. Monetary reform is the cure, both in the US and UK, we need to be looking at an alternative to our debt based banking system and we need to be doing this now! It's time to use our biggest asset "The Internet" to enlighten the public, only then can we move forward and away from the system that caused the worldwide economic collapse.
I have added an excerpt on my site along with a link back to this article. Well done on a great article Eric.

Anonymous said...


One only has to look at how the people of Iceland dealt with the bank "debt" to see how the entire notion that some how entire countries "owe" a couple of banks the entire wealth of the nation is a complete and utter lie. Think of it this way; if a country "owes" a trillion dollars (pick a number) if the debt was real there would be tangible assets on the other side of the debt. Generally speaking if you walk into a bank for a loan you have to offer colateral. Instead these predatory banks created this debt literally out of thin air in the form of derivatives and other made up bank creations. The sole purpose of these are to steal your money.

Iceland not only said no to the bogus "debt" they started arresting the bankers and charged them with fraud. So 2 years later, the Icelandic currency is one of the strongest in the world. The people of Iceland are free from fraudulent bank debt. Unemployment is under 3% and their economy very robust. All of which demonstrates that the bank "debt" was fraud, the threats of economic ruin if the people didn't pay the extortion were a lie and that in fact the banks were nothing more than common criminals in 3 piece suits.

So the simple solution people is to politely but firmly tell the banks NO. Tell the bankers don't go away made just go away. And if they don't....start arresting them, charge them with fraud and racketeering and economic terrorism, and hold them without bail.

Tipper Gore said...

Oh all we need to do is tax the churches and the rich so there is more money paid to the government. Remember that the government will solve all your problems if only it gets enough tax money.

So get a second job and give your money to the government. Tax the rich, tax the churches, tax toilet paper, and add a carbon tax. Tax us please. Please we need more and more taxes to tax our way to freedom and prosperity.

Tax the miles we drive and put a tax on food so the government can get more money to solve all our problems, with some cash left over to enrich Al Gore and Zionist Israel.

Remember that you can trust the government! We CAn tax our way to success!

Poetry and Photography said...

"Lokiare said...
The real problem is that they don't know that by putting the brunt on bottom level citizens they are really only hurting themselves. Eventually there will be an economic crash that will put the bottom level citizens into the traditional 'slave' category. i.e. no pay, no rights etc...etc... at that point they will rise up and overthrow them regardless of the technological advantage they have. If they were smart they'd quit trying to manipulate the system and build a real, sustainable, economy...
May 16, 2011 7:33 PM"

You're talking about enlightened self-interest. This is missing in greedy sociopaths, thieves and parasites lost in their material world. They think it's smart to grab all they can today, from whomever they can, and forget tomorrow -- after all, tomorrow may not come, especially if they can stash away enough in hidden assets and accounts...

Anonymous said...

It's all very convenient when you consider their goals in population reduction.It gives them a good excuse to kill C02 emitters.
You have weirdos like Strauss Kahn running the ponzie scheme.If you don't like it or not these people wouldn't mind at all killing you.
That usually happens once you are destitute and become a burden on their sociopathic version of society.
Michael Jackson said it best They Don't Really Care About Us.
The sooner people figure this out the better.

Victor Mace said...

People are dying by the thousands day in and day out so the bankers can enforce their usury debt system to subdue everyone,when you are in debt you are controlled by the people who own your debt. Everyone in the world should proceed to the nearest bank and remove all their money, everyone should stop paying their mortgages its the easiest way to bring down the banks, no customers no money. We have all the playing cards in our hands and we dont use them, we can do this peacefullyn and force proper reforms for the benefit of all the people.

Anonymous said... who is going to arrest them.Certainly not the police.You going to arrest them? Try it and the police will arrest you and maybe accidentally electrocute you to death with their non lethal electric whips.

Anonymous said...

Cut The Military !!!

ALL OF IT !!!!!

Problem Solved.

Anonymous said...

Stop obeying them, ignore the laws, stop paying any taxes to them. Yeah, the People still have a lot of power. If you could only get them to USE it.

Fear of the government, is crap. If you fear them, they win. Don't give them that kind of power.

I disagree though, with this constant insistance on "peaceful" methods. They, are using violence on us. There is no reason not to return the favor. It needs to start a local levels. Kick the shit out of local cops. County cops, State cops, and Federal scumbag cops.

They come for you, make them very sorry. Hey, they bleed out and croak like anyone else.

Anonymous said...

War is the byproduct of stupid, greedy, evil politicians. Too many are in governments around the World.

Starving the people will only yield one thing...a violent response. It's amazing that the political elites can't seem to wrap their pea brains around that simple fact!

Too long life has been a struggle for the Public, caused by political thieves.
Too long these political thieves have pushed the Public into a corner.
Too long political have lied.
Too long the Public has taken it all in the back...too long.

Once Hope has been crushed, there is nothing to lose. Hope HAS been crushed and there IS NOTHING left to lose.

The Public has tried in vain to express their dissatisfaction in words. Now the words will become actions.

So, hold on to your collective rear-ends because, you have a front row seat to see how the World turns into radioactive dust!

Anonymous said...

If people would look at real things--resources, knowhow, human intelligence (now misdirected by the education and entertainment systems) instead of money-abstract numbers-they would see how perverse and false the current accountancy is. Change the bankers' bookkeeping practices and all can be well.

As for violence and even prosecutions, the flip side is that the population have accepted the brainwashing and given away the shop for the sake of a job, sex, booze, drugs and sports, all designed to foster and indulge sick egos.

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