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... the use of the military against striking truck drivers in Greece sends a warning to the entire European working class. The extent of the austerity measures that either have been agreed upon or are being planned make violent social conflict inevitable. The Social Democrats, the trade unions and their petty-bourgeois “left” supporters play a key role in enforcing these attacks. By restraining and paralyzing the working class, they give the ruling elite the necessary time to prepare more right-wing and authoritarian forms of rule.
Everything now depends upon working people intervening independently in political events. They must break from the influence of the Social Democrats and trade unions and establish their own party, one that uncompromisingly defends their own interests against the demands of the financial oligarchy.
Originally posted by kyred
I know it's been almost 30 years since I served with the Greek military, as a US soldier. But what?
The soldiers I served with would never have turned upon their own families and fellow countrymen.
Yeah, maybe there are some well paid goons, but this is NOT the Greek way. Yes, the people could very well turn against their government, but the bought and paid for soldiers would not do this.
Greek folks are very affable, and also very proud.
I don't see it. Surely a culture hasn't changed so much in about 30 years.
I suspect the goverment goons are way out numbered by the patriots.
The use of the army is particularly significant because memories are fresh in Greece of the brutal military dictatorship that ruled from 1967 to 1974. The Greek colonels carried out a coup on April 21, 1967 in order to prevent an election victory by the bourgeois politician George Papandreou, the grandfather of the current prime minister. Thousands of political opponents were jailed, tortured and killed. George Papandreou himself died in 1968 under house arrest.
US journalist Cyrus L. Sulzberger has separately claimed that Karamanlis flew to New York to lobby US support from Lauris Norstad for a coup d'état in Greece that would establish a strong conservative regime under himself; Sulzberger alleges that Norstad declined to involve himself in such affairs.
Originally posted by JohnJasper
The current assault on welfare programs that were key to keeping the poor in check will leave us with a growing population of disaffected, desperate human beings. In turn, any leader who can organise this group into a coherent political force will find themselves empowered to affect the stability of whole nations or continents. That is why the elite will use their military might increasingly for maintaining control of the local population.
Originally posted by citizen smith
The most powerful political tool any of us wield isn't the ballot paper, or vocalising of protest, its the money in our wallets, regardless of how much of it you have.
The knack it to organise a coherent economic coup in pursuit of whatever goal of change is sought. The UK poll-tax (on both occaisions) was brought to its knees by just such a method of refusal to pay.
Collectively, it can break the biggest businesses, break the tax revenue system, and enact change not through violence or taking to the streets, but just by simple and silent economic non-cooperation
As the saying goes...money talks, BS walks
[edit on 5-8-2010 by citizen smith]
Over 200,000 people had joined a mass, peaceful and good humoured demonstration in London, yet the police saw fit to attack and attempt to break up the day's proceedings.
A decade of Thatcherism had not just made poverty commonplace but also made brutal police attacks on demonstrations another regular feature of life in Britain.
Miners, printers, students and other workers had seen many peaceful protests broken up by vicious police assaults. The Metropolitan police has a record second to none in employing such tactics and for them 31 March was to be no different as they unleashed an unprovoked attack around 4pm.
There are many versions as to how it all started but only one unalterable truth. The police attacked a mass, peaceful demonstration.
Horses trampled protesters under foot, cars and vans drove at high speed into the packed crowds, while riot police drew blood with indiscriminate use of truncheons. Hemmed in on all sides, many demonstrators tried to defend themselves, their friends and others.
Yet another glorious day of working-class solidarity had been marred by the actions of the police.
Originally posted by JohnJasper
non-cooperation does appear to be a formidable tool. But how about non-trade union (those "workers" unions that have sold out to big business,) mass strikes.
I wonder what affect a series of national/global no-work days would have on the elite's austerity campaign? No picketing, no marching - just flexing our muscles.
Would they cause workers to realise just what power they actually have and skyrocket into vast workers movements that would be unstoppable even by well-armed police and troops?