The social crisis in Greece leads to rising fascism; European Day of Action against austerity on 14 November; Defending the right to strike in Kenya; the link between banana plantations and supermarkets; the US election. Watch the video: Or listen to t …

Walton Pantland

The social crisis in Greece leads to rising fascism; European Day of Action against austerity on 14 November; Defending the right to strike in Kenya; the link between banana plantations and supermarkets; the US election.

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Greece is experiencing an acute social crisis. We need to pay attention to this, because Greece is a living example of what austerity does to a society. The people of Greece are guinea pigs in a neo-liberal assault on social democracy.

The same is beginning to happen in other countries, especially in Southern Europe: the state is being rolled back, and more and more, we are ruled by authoritarian technocrats. Our common resources are being plundered, by investment bankers who take massive bailouts and pay themselves bonuses, and by tax dodging corporations who use our infrastructure to make their profit, but contribute nothing to it. All the pain from the financial crisis is being pushed on to ordinary people, and the social gains made since the end of the second world war are eroded.

Many are gripped by despair, and the suicide rate is rising, and fascists are on the march.

Unless we band together and resist this, what is happening in Greece now will soon be happening across Europe and further afield. And it’s not good. To give you a foretaste of what you can expect from the Austerity World Tour, watch our weekly update or download the podcast


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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