1999: Protesters stop the World Trade Organisation meeting in Seattle, but globalisation continues to deregulate everything and carve up the world for the global economy.
2008: Folks, its all gone pear shaped!
Recession has hit. America first, Ireland now, Britain next. Prices continue to rise, food, homes and energy begin to slip out of reach. Wages have stagnated for years, now we all face the chop. The government is getting ready for millions more unemployed over the next five years, and they’ll face the harshest forced-work programs since Victorian times – just to get the pittance of the dole. It is no longer cost effective to employ you. You are not buying anything anymore. The banks have fucked it up, they won't lend because the cash flow has dried up, so now they crash. Northern Rock, Lehman Brothers, Bradford & Bingley.
First priority of the politicians who claim to be in control of the market? Bail out our banker buddies! That’s $700 billion of US workers' money, to be given to the speculators so they can start playing roulette with our lives again. The millions of us who didn’t actually cause this crisis are told to accept ‘wage restraint’. Down here everyone waits, and works, and worries. We can call for more state intervention, we can moan about how this particular crash is the fault of this particular policy by this particular party or this particular Plc. – or we can accept it's not the players, it’s the game.
Capitalism isn’t in crisis; capitalism IS crisis!
Now is our time, if we are brave enough to seize it, to say that as long as capitalism continues, we can never be secure. But now, for once, they are insecure like us. We say let them suffer their own crimes, no bailouts for the bosses! So, we won't beg for ‘no repossessions’, we will join our neighbours and resist, and the bailiffs won’t dare tread on our streets! We won't accept ‘wage restraint’, we will organise in workplaces and unions to win what we need! More than this, one day we will seize control of our own economy, so their system can do no more damage. But for now, we will take to the streets.
On Friday 10th October, we call all anarchists, radicals and people who have their eyes on the ball to join us to pay a visit to the bank manager. We will take more than anger, we will take a clear threat, and one that cannot be soothed. The bankers are our enemies, the bosses are our enemies. Today we will suffer this crisis as we suffer their crimes, but we also see their weakness and in that we find hope. Bankers, bosses, politicians listen up: Your time is soon over, our time is now!