Greece’s Revolutionary Moment

Greece’s Revolutionary Moment

Thursday, 22 January 2015By Joshua Tartakovsky, TruthOut | Op-ed How do you know when you are in a country that is experiencing a Revolutionary moment? There is mass unemployment; high numbers of people are radicalized either in the Left (Communists, socialists, anarchists) or Right (fascist, neo-Nazis). Modest poverty that seeks to still disguise itself somewhat is widespread to the point where it can no longer disguise itself as convincingly. There is massive graffiti throughout the city, not merely in certain neighborhoods, but in the downtown area next to luxurious shops. The police do not enter certain neighborhoods, while it stands guard outside of them. Tents of protesters can be seen in parts of the city. People walk into cafes, trying to sell things. Others pass by and ask for a few coins. All this applies in Greece. I am in Athens now. At the same time, cafes and restaurants are still busy with people, even if they spend hours on one cup of coffee. Groups of tourists come and go in perfect safety. The Greeks love tourists and know how to treat them well. The calm around the Acropolis gives one the impression that all is perfect and that no storm is about to emerge. However, locals in cafes I spoke to told me how in past years their earnings have gone down. Prices went up. Everything is expensive. Life is not easy. When they look backwards and around, all they see is national debt and austerity. When they look ahead, they see the same. The time that is ripe for a Revolutionary change is when there is no other choice....