The magnates worry

Submitted by Matthew on 4 February, 2016 - 10:52

The international gathering of capitalist magnates and rulers in Davos on 20-23 January worried about “global risks”. Among those it noted “elevated protest activity” in comparison to the previous “two decades of relatively reduced protest action”.

Since 2010, “protest intensity has reached a new and higher plateau... We are again approaching 1980s protest levels, when causes of social turmoil ranged from cold war tensions and anti-apartheid sentiment to the Tiananmen Square protests”.

Maps of protest, collated from media reports, show the biggest concentrations in Europe, the eastern United States, Turkey, India, and West Africa. From protest to cohesive and effective working-class struggle can be some distance; bridging that gap is down to us, the socialists.