A few days ago protests against the status quo erupted across Europe. The Prime Minister of Iceland was pelted with eggs; a man outraged by bank bailouts drove a cement truck into the gates of the Irish Parliament; and over 100,000 workers from two dozen countries took to the streets in Brussels. However, the most spectacular actions of all occurred in Spain where 20% of the population, and an astronomical 42% of those under the age of 25, are unemployed. 

For twenty-four hours, Barcelona was shut down by a general strike: public transit ground to a halt, cafes were shuttered and garbage collection ceased. Later, as passions rose, a Levi’s clothing store was looted and its merchandise distributed to the crowd, a police car was torched and riot cops tussled with everyday folk. And in a sign that this time the insurrectionary passion will not subside, Portugal’s largest union is calling for a general strike on November 24th which is, coincidentally, in the midst of the global Carnivalesque Rebellion. “We think that there are now conditions for wide protests, a wave of strife that we have not seen in decades,” one observer explained.

These events in Europe are truly exhilarating. They suggest that a tsunami of dissent is building that has the potential to fundamentally transform society. If this rebellious mood keeps boiling then November 22–28 may well turn out to be the catalytic global mindshift moment we’ve all been waiting for.

Deep in a recession and with scary ecological scenarios looming, now may be the ripest moment we’ll ever have to power-shift global capitalism onto a new path. Adbusters #85 asks economics students around the world to join the fight to revamp Econ 101 curriculums and challenge the endemic myopia of their tenured neoclassical profs. Read a few articles, download the Kick it Over Manifesto (and other posters) and whack them up in the corridors of your campus. Make sure your university is at the forefront of the paradigm shift from neoclassical to ecological economics now underway.

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