Revolutionary envy

As I write this, Athens is aflame with metaphorical revolutionary spirit, and literal fire from firebombs and the revolutionary tendency to burn stuff.

They call themselves the Αγανακτισμένων, the indignant. In parallel, the Spanish have the Indignados.

Greece and Spain are doing fairly well in terms of revolution. Srtiking images of crowds of people sick of the parasitic system they inhabit flood the news. Their efforts may prove futile in the future, but they are not without soul. It is a beautiful sight: a roiling mass of faces screaming against their masters. They have, for now at least, had enough.

Contrast with the British anti-cuts movement.

We are not indignant. We are a little bit pissed off.

There are those of us who care, of course there are. We are the ones who expressed disappointment at the failure of the March 26th marches. Some of us tried to occupy Trafalgar Square, imitating the Egyptian example. It seems to be working well in Greece and Spain, the occupation of public squares.

Our revolution is currently confined to interminable consensus meetings leading to small direct actions leading to arrests. We do not have the tipping point, where seemingly most of the population of a city runs riot through clouds of tear gas and smoke. We sit and listen to the same male voices drone about minor theoretical points.

Our “anti-cuts movement” lacks rage, lacks anger. Perhaps it is a by-product of British culture. Perhaps it is because the majority of British people see no reason to be furious.

We are not the indignant. We are the dry, the boring, the floundering; against something, but unemotional.

Is it time to become the Absolutely Fucking Livids?

4 thoughts on “Revolutionary envy”

  1. Absolutely right. There are many good people doing bits and pieces but a) it’s not joined-up enough and b) there’s a sense that people are still afraid of what they will lose. Clearly for those who are arrested or battered there are tangible losses to be worried about (freedom, employability, health etc) but there must come the tipping-point you talk about when a majority of people recognise the utterly flagrant police abuses, the injustice of a smug and unrepentant financial sector enjoying a publicly-funded boom, and the democratic deficit of our Westminster regime. It just might be a way off here due to the gross media complicity in our subjugation.

  2. Hmmm iPod, iPhone, Starbucks, Maccy D’s, Sky Plus, Sky Sports, Xbox, Playstation… Warm beds, hot food, Skinny Frappé Latte and an order to go.

    ‘Hardly the mix for a revolution is it… the phrase ‘Never had it so good’ is why ordinary folk aren’t protesting alongside the Left Wing Militant Rent-a-Mobs…

    You make oi larf…

  3. I think we’ll go more down the Tea Party route myself. You know, blame the poorest, blame the most vulnerable – after all isn’t that what the establishment is actively encouraging? Apparently there is wide demand among the public to cut their benefits. We’d rather starve our neighbours, freeze our pensioners to death in the nearest winter, than engage our brains, look beyong the Murdoch press, the football, the Apprentice, and bloody X-factor.

    And we Brits are so obedient, so brainlessly obedient.

    I woke up a long time ago. And I’m enraged. I’m exhausted with rage, But I’ll sleep and get back up tomorrow and the next day. And one day, this country of TV-junkies will finally wake up and we’ll all rage together.

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