The Answer to Privatization? Revolution!

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    What happens when the Arab Spring morphs into an Israeli Summer?
    Let's ask Dafni...

    "It started in mid-July, when Dafni Leef, a Tel Aviv filmmaker, was met with a hike in her rent that she couldn't afford to pay. Instead of moving to a new apartment, she moved to a tent on Rothschild Boulevard, the city's sleekest thoroughfare, and set up a Facebook event calling for her compatriots to join her.

    "And they did: first, scattered hundreds - then, on Saturday, July 30, over 300,000 people in Tel Aviv alone, with tents mushrooming across the country, in self-conscious defiance of state-peddled neoliberalism...

    "Polls suggest that 87 percent of Israelis support the protests.

    "Among them are 98 percent of Kadima voters and 95 percent of Labor voters, the bastions of the middle class and the upper-middle class.

    "But 85 percent of Bibi Netanyahu's Likud, which tends to draw support from poorer Mizrahi sectors, also supports the protests, indicating the breadth - if not the depth - of popular support for those out in the streets."

    Israeli Tent Protests Ignore Link Between Neoliberalism, Occupation | Truthout

    While Israeli elites maintain these protests are "social" and not "political", this could well be an early foreshadowing of later ruptures within Zionism. If those in the tents choose economic justice over occupation and loyalty to the state, Israel will become the only Democracy in the Middle East.
     
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    The US is imploding and you're fixated on Israel, you psycho? America is doomed
     
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    It's the same implosion from Cairo to Madison to Rothschild Boulevard.
    The dominant economic system on the planet is doomed..
    Ready for Jubilee?
     
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    Israel is doing just fine, thanks for your worry. The US, not so much

    You need a life or a shrink or both
     
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    Yeah...Israel has nothing to worry about.

    "Complaints started in response to rapid increases in the price of cottage cheese, moved on to the housing crisis and have spread to the general crisis: a country peppered with billionaires but without a functioning public transportation system, a country that produces high-tech drones which it markets to militaries worldwide, but in which one-third of the workforce earns the minimum wage, a country whose name still connotes 'socialism' in some corners and which is the second-most-unequal industrialized democracy on the planet.

    "At the protests, demands, complaints, cat-calls and concerns have centered on messages such as:

    "Danger, construction - for the rich"
    "Bibi, wake up - women are more valuable." (This rhymes in Hebrew.)
    "The people want public housing."
    "Welfare state now."
    "The people are calling for social justice."
    "The answer to privatization? Revolution!"

    Israeli Tent Protests Ignore Link Between Neoliberalism, Occupation | Truthout

    Ready for that big swim?

     
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    Israel has more companies listed on NASDAQ than any other country outside of the US and receives 3x more venture capital per person than the US, 30x more than Europe and 300x more than China.

    Worry about America, not Israel, psycho.
     
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    Worry about capitalism, Princeton.
     
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    Capitalism that pays your welfare checks, loser.
     
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    Capitalism that can't provide jobs to all Americans who need one and continue cranking out billionaire$.

    Time to tax the rich into extinction?
     
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    And the jobs they provide along with them!

    Oh, wait, Our Kenyan President is already doing that last part.
     

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