Why It's Still Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions

Why It's Still Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions

by Paul Mason

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Overview

Originally published in 2012 to wide acclaim, this updated edition, Why It’s Still Kicking Off Everywhere, includes coverage of the most recent events in the wave of revolt and revolution sweeping the planet—riots in Athens, student occupations in the UK, Quebec and Moscow, the emergence of the Occupy Movement and the tumult of the Arab Spring. Economic crisis, social networking and a new political consciousness have come together to ignite a new generation of radicals.

BBC journalist and author Paul Mason combines the anecdotes gleaned through first-hand reportage with political, economic and historical analysis to tell the story of today’s networked revolution. Why It’s Still Kicking Off Everywhere not only addresses contemporary struggles, it provides insights into the future of global revolt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781682456
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 557 KB

About the Author

Paul Mason is the economics editor of the BBC’s flagship current affairs program Newsnight and appears frequently on BBC World News America. He has covered globalization and social justice stories from locations aroundthe world, including Latin America, Africa and China. His book Live Working,Die Fighting was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 'Now There Is Freedom': Why Egypt's Revolution Is Not Over 5

2 Nobody Saw It Coming: How the World's Collective Imagination Failed 25

3 'Trust Is Explosive': Britain's Youth Rebel Against Austerity 41

4 So, Why Did It Kick Off? The Social Roots of the New Unrest 65

5 Greece: The Anomic State? From Austerity to Social Breakdown 87

6 'Error de Sistema': Economic Causes of the Present Unrest 105

7 'I Tweet in My Dreams': The Rise of the Networked Individual 127

8 In the Tracks of Tom Joad: A Journey through Jobless America 153

9 1848 Redux: What We Can Learn from the Last Global Wave 171

10 'We Will Barricade': Slum Dwellers versus the Super-rich 193

11 Spain Redux: Dispatches from Utopia 213

12 Developments in Greece: Love or Nothing 229

13 Russia: 'Putin Got Scared'-From the Football Riots to Pussy Riot 241

14 The Twenty Reasons, Revisited 261

Acknowledgements 297

Notes 299

Index 311

What People are Saying About This

George Eaton

Mason has emerged as possibly the most engaged mainstream journalist of our age.

Ian Birrell

Concise global analysis with sympathetic news from the frontline, revealing angry and scared people staring into a bleak future amid the wreckage of shattered certainties.

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