Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 19

The Age of Anti-Austerity

EPPTens of thousands take to the streets in Spain, Chile, Quebec, thousands of others in France, Greece, the U.K., protest movement emerging in the United States, across Europe, continuing struggles in Egypt and Tunisia: this is the Age of Anti-Austerity. Drawing on the historical roots of austerity programs in the Third World with the debt crisis and World Bank/IMF loans, the current global struggle against austerity measures, which is now developing in the Western imperial powers themselves, is placed in its specific historical context as a continuation of protests, riots, rebellions, and resistance against austerity measures in Africa, Asia, and Latin America over the past several decades.

As austerity now becomes a global phenomenon, demanding states impoverish their populations for the personal profits of parasitic elites, the people of the world are beginning to rise up in resistance, in different ways and in different places. There is one connect through it all: this is the Age of Anti-Austerity, and this is the reality of the social situation in which we exist.

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