On 15 May 2011, young people occupied the squares of the cities in Spain. They called themselves los indignados – ‘the indignant’. I met them in Madrid, where I was attending the meeting of the scientific committee that advises the Spanish prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Their declaration states: “Who are we? We are the people; we have come here freely as volunteers. Why are we here? We are here because we want a new society that gives more priority to life than to economic interest.”

In the US the ongoing Occupy movement uses the slogan “We are the 99%”. This people’s protest, ...


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