Europe's media warn of
global social unrest
By: Chris Marsden
June 9, 2010
THE WORLD THAT WE HAVE KNOWN IS
PASSING AWAY: WE ARE DESCENDING INTO A DARK HOLE CHARACTERIZED
BY CHAOS AND CONFUSION. THE END OF ALL THINGS IS NEAR.
When Karl Marx wrote in the Communist Manifesto
that "a spectre is haunting Europe," he did so on the eve of the revolutionary
eruptions that began in Italy and France in 1848 and engulfed much of the
In recent days, a number of media commentaries have predicted
a similar eruption of social unrest of revolutionary dimensions
as a direct result of the worsening economic crisis. These warnings
are accompanied by dire predictions that Europe will suffer
the return of nationalist tensions, the emergence of fascist
movements and even war. [Please see our articles, "The
Rise of Fascism in Europe" and "Europe
Is Going from Bad to Worse."]
Writing in the Financial Times May 24,
for example, historian Simon Schama stated, "Far be it for me to make a dicey
situation dicier but you can't smell the sulphur in the air right now and
not think we might be on the threshold of an age of rage. ... in Europe and America
there is a distinct possibility of a long hot summer of social umbrage."
Schama notes that there is often a "time-lag between the onset of economic
disaster and the accumulation of social fury," but after an
initial period of "fearful disorientation," there comes the
danger of the "organized mobilization of outrage." [Please see
our article, "The Coming
This outrage will be directed against the super-rich and those seen to be
responsible for the crisis, he writes, comparing "our own plutocrats"
with the financiers so memorably targeted during the French
Revolution of 1789 as "rich egoists." [Please see our article,
"To the Barricades: The
Super-Rich Sleeping with Guns under Their Pillows."]
In the Observer of May 30, Will Hutton,
its former editor and now an advisor to the British Conservative-Liberal Democrat
coalition government on cutting public sector pay, declares, "The future of
Europe is in the balance. The potential disintegration of the euro will be
a first-order economic and political disaster. Economically, it will plunge
Europe into competitive devaluations, debt defaults, bank bailouts, frozen
credit flows, trade protection and prolonged stagnation. Politically, whatever
resolve there is to hold our disparate continent together, where the old enmities
and suspicions are never far from the surface, will evaporate.... What will
emerge will be a Europe closer to the 1930s. Fearful, stagnant and prey to
vicious racist and nationalist ideologies."
By far, the most apocalyptic warning of what is
to come was made by Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster,
on May 26. Its article begins by returning to the warnings made in 2008 of
the impact of the global economic collapse by United Nations Secretary General
Ban Ki-moon, IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Robert Zoellick, head of
the World Bank. Strauss-Kahn had, for example, warned that "social unrest
may happen in many countries—including advanced economies."
Deutsche Welle writes that these warnings
are "closer today than at any other time since this current financial crisis—the
worst since 1929—began."
Citing the demonstrations by hundreds of thousands
in Greece, it warns that the same fate can engulf "financially fragile European
governments like Spain, Portugal and Italy" and that "nations all around the
world are concerned about rising social discontent."
"There is a feeling among experts that the deep
anger brewing in these countries is fermenting worldwide against the same
institutions, the same people, and the failure of global capitalism," the
It cites how the US director of national intelligence, Dennis C. Blair, warned
the Senate Intelligence Committee of a continued economic crisis
"increasing the risk of regime-threatening instability," from
which "the United States would not be immune." [Please see
our article, "The General's
Revolt against the Obama Presidency."]
Deutsche Welle concludes with comments
by Marie-Hélène Caillol, the president of the European Laboratory of Political
Anticipation think-tank, and Gerald Celente, the financial and political trends
forecaster and publisher of the Trends Journal.
Celente explains, "What's happening in Greece
will spread worldwide as economies decline.... We will see social unrest growing
in all nations which are facing sovereign debt crisis, the most obvious being
Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Italy, Iceland, the Ukraine, Hungary, followed by
the United Kingdom and the United States."
Asked where social unrest will end, Calliol replies,
"War. It's as simple and as horrifying as that."
Both Calliol and Celente reject claims that agitators
are behind the wave of social unrest.
"There are no organisations behind this response—it's
a public response," said Celente, who also invokes Marx's monumental work.
"This is a 21st century rendition of the 'workers of the world unite.' The
people are fully aware of the enormous bailout going to the 'too big to fail's'
that they are being forced to pay for. The higher the taxes go, the more jobs
that are lost, the greater the levels of protest."
Such statements demonstrate how seriously Europe's
rulers take the growing danger of social revolution on the continent. That
is what their advisors are telling them is the inevitable product of the worsening
economic crisis. But this is made all the more certain by their own efforts
to place the entire burden on the backs of working people in the interests
of the major banks and corporations—in the process setting out to destroy
what remains of the welfare measures and working conditions previously won
The ruling classes of Europe are preparing for the emergence of mass working
class struggles through the promotion of various middle-class
fake-left organisations to prevent the development
of socialist consciousness and block the political independence
of the working class—the New Anti-Capitalist Party in France,
the Left Party in Germany, Syriza in Greece, etc. They are also
preparing for the use of mass state repression and the introduction
of dictatorial forms of rule. [Again, please see "The
Rise of Fascism in Europe."]
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