The Rise of the Indignant: Spain, Greece, Europe

When Stephane Hessel wrote in Time for Outrage! that indignation with injustice should turn to ‘a peaceful insurrection’ perhaps he did not expect that the movement of ‘indignados’ in Spain and ‘aganaktismenoi’ (outraged) in Greece would take his advice to heart so soon and so spectacularly.
Following hear the audio from the event organized by the Birckbeck Institute for the Humanities:
Costas Lapavitsas (SOAS)
Carlos Frade (Salford University)
Illan Rua Wall (Oxford Brookes)
Stathis Kouvelakis (King’s College London)
Alex Colas (Birkbeck)
Costas Douzinas (Birkbeck)

The Rise of the Indignant: Spain, Greece, Europe – keynote speeches

Audience comments

Speaker’s final comments

The Answer to ‘Anomie’ will be Disobedience

1 “It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right…”
– Henry David Thoreau

By Mattheos Tsimitakis
from the May Day International initiative

In an article published in the Wall Street Journal, Takis Mihas, a right-wing politician and columnist, pointed out that Greece’s main problem is not of economic nature, but a problem of Governance: “Greece is slowly becoming a society where ‘low-intensity conflict’ dominates, the legal order is breaking down and appeals to universal values become meaningless” the story goes, for Mihas. He is not unprecedented. The myth has been constructed for years now, by conservative analysts in the established media, in order to justify the capitalist attack on the European social contract and its domestic instantiations. The old recipe of divide and rule is again in action. Continue reading