“We are all Greeks!” was the proud solidarity message worn by many at the Sydney May Day march on May 6. This slogan summed up the truth that, as in Greece, all around the world ordinary working people, the unemployed, pensioners, students and small business operators are being forced to pay a painful price to bail out the biggest banks in the world.
These banks lost billions upon billions in a decades-long orgy orgy of speculation and greed. But since this crashed in the Global Financial Crisis, the victims of the speculators are being forced to pay for these banks’ losses. The Greek people have said “We won’t pay for the banker’s greed” through their votes in their recent general election while the capitalist bankers demonstrate their total disrespect for democracy.
In the Stanley Kubrick move epic Spartacus, the Romans offer the slaves leniency if they’ll turn slave revolt leader Spartacus (played by Kirk Douglas). But when Spartacus rises to identify himself – one after the other – the rest of the slaves stand up and cry out: “I’m Spartacus!”
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