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About greece
December 9, 2008, 12:00 pm
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So Greece is burning. It has burned countless times before. It has been burning since I can remember. Protests for education, protests for the pension funds, protests against the US government, protests against the murder of people by the police, and so on. Usually protests end up in flames because of police brutality. The blame is usually shifted to anarchists. However, it is well known that even if riots start from the anarchist block, they are fueled by the police. Further, it is likely that the people wearing the masks and start the riot, themselves are members of the undercover police. The police’s strategy is to justify police intervention and police brutality. All of the people who have peacefully participated in protests have their stories about how the police is offensive and eager to start a fight.

It is undeniable that people who are eager to burn and destroy are not always justified. I would be happy to believe that these people are genuinely sick of a system which has incrementally and systematically turned people into indifferent and atomistic individuals. My point is that, if you really want such a radical change as to abolish a capitalist system of corruption, violent means are necessary. Not sufficient, but necessary. However, that means that at the end of the day you won’t be using the ATM machine of the bank you just burnt down. If you want to be consistent with your ideologies, it takes big effort and sacrifice. Because the capitalist way of life, like patriarchy, like racism, like sexism is deeply rooted inside every person’s soul. Every person who has spent a lifetime, until the age 16 or 17 when they may start questioning things, of adaptation and socialisation inside this system. I really don’t think that all people behind the masks are revolutionaries. Most of them just want some excitement.

I am in favor of violent expression. I wish more people were expressing themselves that way, and I wish they were pissed off with good reason though. I have the feeling that as we are approaching the end of the first decade of the new millennium, the reason for anger in Greece is not very noble. I am afraid that many people are uprising for an extremely stupid reason. In the past decade in greece, just like in most developed countries, people gained access to easy money. The integration of the financial system carries benefits for the capitalist system and the capitalist way of life. Bigger competition means better prices for the people. However, the primary purpose of financial institutions is to maximise profits. With lower prices, the only way to increase profits is by increasing sales. New financial products are created every day. In combination with the banks’ ability to create money (you deposit your money to the bank, you get a card that says you have the money so you can spend it but the money you have deposited are lent to other people who can spend it as well and so on), this better deal, new products and advertising led to a financial crisis which might lead to a restructuring of the system. And here is the place much of Greece’s grief stems from.

As long as people can consume they are happy. But one of the things the financial crisis teaches as, is that expansion might lead to troubles. If the new order that emerges makes access to easy money more difficult, then people will be angry. Greek people will certainly become angry, because they will loose their rights to new car, new plasma tv, new fancy clothes. I doubt it that this will cause a revolution, but if it will it will be a stupid one anyway.

Rioting – the unbeatable high
Adrenalin shoots your nerves to the sky
Everyone knows this town is gonna blow
And it’s all gonna blow right now…
Now you can smash all the windows that you want
All you need are some friends and a rock
Throwing a brick never felt so damn good
Smash some more glass
Scream with a laugh
And wallow with the crowd
Watch them kicking peoples’ ass
But you get to the place
Where the real slavedrivers live
It’s walled off by the riot squad
Aiming guns right at your head
So you turn right around
And play right into their hands
And set your own neighbourhood
Burning to the ground instead

Riot – the unbeatable high
Riot – shoots your nerves to the sky
Riot – playing into their hands
Tomorrow you’re homeless
Tonight it’s a blast

Get your kicks in quick
They’re callin’ the National Guard
Now could be your only chance
To torch a police car
Climb the roof, kick the siren in
And jump and yelp for joy
Quickly – dive back in the crowd
Slip away, now don’t get caught
Let’s loot the spiffy Hi-Fi Store
Grab as much as you can hold
Pray your arms won’t fall off
Here comes the owner with a gun


The barricades spring up from nowhere
Cops in helmets line the lines
Shotguns prod into your bellies
The trigger fingers want an excuse now
The raging mob has lost its nerve
There’s more of us but who goes first
No one dares to cross the line
The cops know that they’ve won
It’s all over but not quite
The pigs have just begun to fight
They club your heads, kick your teeth
Police can riot all they please


Tomorrow you’re homeless Tonight it’s a blast

p.s. Kids who have been humiliated their whole life, because their father was beating them and insulting them, because at school they made fun of them because the other kids were spoiled and raised having no respect for other human beings, grow up to become police officers. They have no other choice because they did not get any education, or they had a choice but they just needed the authority! The bottom line is that these unstable people have guns in their hands.

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