Pictures From A Greek Soup Kitchen

Tyler Durden's picture

While we mock and ridicule the corrupt and often times purposefully obtuse Greek politicians, we often ignore the human cost in the equation (and so does the rest of the world). Unfortunately this is becoming an ever greater issue for a country that is rapidly devolving to sub-3rd world status. Because while we have previously discussed the miserable conditions for a country where ever more people are sliding out of the middle class and into poverty status, in reality it is far worse. Spiegel has profiled the new Misery in Athens where "aid workers and soup kitchens in Athens are struggling to provide for the city's "new poor." Since the economic crisis has taken hold, poverty has taken hold among Greece's middle class. And suicide rates have nearly doubled." Just like in the US, those in misery are growing exponentially, but the last thing anyone needs is a reminder of their existence. Yet perhaps they should, because when the Bastille moment hits, the spark to overthrow tyranny, especially that masking under the guise of democracy, will come precisely from the slums of the impoverished and disenfranchised, from those who have nothing left to lose. In Greece, with 28% of the population living "at risk of poverty or social exclusion" this moment may arrive any second.

Spiegel's report from an Athens soup kitchen must be read by all who think things like these no longer exist in modern EU countries:

If this crisis has reached Piraeus, then it's done a good job of hiding itself. Even on this cold February night, the luxury cars are lined up outside the chic, waterfront fish restaurants in this port suburb of Athens. But Leonidas Koutikas knows where to look. Not even 50 meters off the main promenade, around two corners, misery is everywhere. Koutikas finds a family of five living behind a tangled tent that has been attached to the wall of an apartment building.


Koutikas and his colleagues from the aid organization Klimaka are expected. They hand out their care packages here every night. "Each day the list of those in need gets longer," Koutikas says. He speaks from experience. Until recently, the 48-year-old was sleeping on the streets himself.


Athens has always had a problem with homelessness, like any other major city. But the financial and debt crises have led poverty to slowly but surely grow out of control here. In 2011, there were 20 percent more registered homeless people than the year before. Depending on the season, that number can be as high as 25,000. The soup kitchens in Athens are complaining of record demand, with 15 percent more people in need of free meals.


As yet, there are no reliable estimates as to the numbers of the "new poor," because the appropriate studies are lacking. Families can also mitigate the severity of many financial crashes. Those who have lost their jobs or their homes find accommodations with relatives before they ever make it into official statistics. That is especially true of the youngest victims of the financial crisis. "But with the government's many new austerity measures, along with the tax burdens, it is questionable how long the families can continue doing that," says Stamatogiannopoulou.


What is clear is that in 2010, almost 28 percent of Greeks, or 3.03 million people, lived at risk of poverty or social exclusion, according to numbers released last week by the EU statistical agency Eurostat. With the recession only having deepened since, it seems likely that the number of poor Greeks rose in 2011.

where personal tragedies...

Manos, who would prefer not to give his last name, is among the Greek poor. The man, in his mid-50's, is one of dozens of people to come to the Aghia Zoni church on a recent morning. "There are always more," says Father Immanuel, who has organized meals for the poor for 20 years. "Up until one or two years ago, we knew every face here. Today things are much different," he says.


The people in the church's courtyard are waiting for the cook Georgia to finally open the door. She has been at work in her kitchen in the church's basement for hours. When she opens the heavy steel door, there is a great rush to get in. Manos, too, gets noodle soup and bread. As he is eating, he tells a common story of losing his apartment and his job. He was born in lower-middle class Kypseli, an Athens neighborhood, and now he is sleeping in the cold on park benches. "I am a good salesman, honestly," he says. "I can sell anything." He then asks his German guest for his email address, and a few hours later he sends his resume with the request to pass it on. He hasn't given up.

And surging suicides...

The psychologist Eleni Bekiari knows what dark thoughts the crisis and its consequences have brought to Athenians. She staffs Klimaka's telephone number "1018." It is a 24-hour suicide hotline, and its statistics are clear. In 2010, there were about 2,500 calls made to the number. In 2011, there were twice as many. "Most of those who call us are women," she says. "On the other hand, it's usually the men who end up taking their lives."


Greece traditionally has one of the lowest suicide rates in Europe, but the increase has been dramatic. Since the beginning of the crisis, the suicide rate has almost doubled. In 2011, there were almost six suicides per 100,000 citizens. When the callers to the suicide hotline are asked for their reasons for suicidal thoughts, Bekiari says, they often answer with two words: the crisis.

...give the best grade for the 10 year failed experiment at a forced currency union and Keynesian lunacy taken to the nth degree.

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economics1996's picture

Exit the Euro, devalue the drachma, eliminate the minimum wage, and get back to work pandering to tourist.

Clueless Economist's picture

This is supposed to be bad?  Really?  Have you seen the conditions in Sub-Sahara Africa lately?

HoofHearted's picture

It's terrible in sub-Saharan Africa for sure. But most people aren't used to seeing a bunch of hungry white people. And there is still a real tinge of racism deep in our blood.

Cheers to Chairman Bernanke for making things more equal...we are all equally nothing in his eyes.

Spirit Of Truth's picture

Those images are a good day in Detroit.  Welcome to a utopian neoclassical economy!

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. 

economics1996's picture

Detroit is much worse, they kill you over a i phone.

redpill's picture

How long will this go on?  Days, months, or gyros?

economics1996's picture


Depends if the politicians go bankrupt, fire federal government workers, eliminate the minimum wage, and end federal obligations like pensions that are a drag on the economy.  The total GDP consumption should not exceed 25% of the economy, federal, state, and local.

If sound economic policies were in place the economy would recover in a relatively short period of time without the dead weight dragging it down.

After the economy recovered, with strict government spending limits imposed not to exceed 25% of the GDP, then you could talk about budgeting for social justice programs.

Or they can drag this out for decades if they so choose. 


Leopold B. Scotch's picture

The quickest solution is to end the massive intervention in the greek economy at all levels.  Let the economy achieve clearing prices, even in Euros -- it matters not.  Let the Greek people get back to the business of providing value to one another, and consensually exchanging that value to restore the economy.  Stop forcing Greeks to buy government corruption4, corecing them to buy union wages and pensions.  Stop providing the politically powerful with a government they can co-opt at the average Greek's expense.

BaBaBouy's picture


2012 Ain't Gonna Be Pretty ...

JW n FL's picture



Greeece needs Free Markets!


Greece needs to provide Tax breaks for the Job Creators!


Greece needs to Print to support their version of Wall Street!


This is what happens when you turn away from Trickle Down IMF Economics! Let it be a lesson to ALL! of you Sheep!


Less in Taxes means Less Government! and More for the People!

LetThemEatRand's picture

It must be so refreshing to wake up every morning with such an incredibly simple answer to such complex problems.  It's all the fault of government, lazy workers who want to be paid more than the Chinese, and tax rates that are too high on paper [ask GE about the real rate].   What are you -- an economics teacher?

macholatte's picture



I have seen all, I have heard all, I have forgotten all.
Marie Antoinette


People say to me, Would you like to swap your life with me for 24 hours? Your life must be very strange. But of course I have not experienced any other life. It's not strange to me.
Prince Andrew

I don't even know how to use a parking meter, let alone a phone box.
Princess Diana


My people and I have come to an agreement which satisfied us both. They are to say what they please, and I am to do what I please.
Frederick II

It is legal because I wish it.
Louis XIV


AnAnonymous's picture

Two last quotes, pure laughter.

My, my, people speaking on their own behalf.

US citizen versions:

It is legal because mankind wishes it.

They are to say what they please, and we the humanity are to do what we please.

Advancement of human kind, as US citizens are used to say.

akak's picture

Never forget the best quote of all, by the great Chinese Stoolman Mousy Tongue, in his famous Dimunitive Carmine Dissertation:

"All hypocrisy and running dog blobbing-up flows from the barrel of Chinese citizenism."

zapdude's picture

...and taking a dump along the side of the road while picking their noses! 


I say its a good day when you can work the phrase "blobbing up" into a sentence.

This AnAnonymous is a hopelessly retarded troll, but your responses always make sense of his worthless blatherings. 

Keep it up, I know I'm not the only fan out here.

akak's picture

Great thanks from this anti-blobbing US citizen!

surfsup's picture

"Its not what they think about me that matters, its what I think about them."  Queen Victoria

Real Money Wins's picture

"There are only two things i know to be infinite, the Universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the first."

Albert Einstein

Benjamin Simon's picture

I think price Andrew thought he said WIFE not LIFE.  Which would explain alot.

Leopold B. Scotch's picture

It must be worrying to have to face the reality that redistributing economic seed corn endlessly to buy grow socialista power (get votes from Unions, government workers, pander redistribution to the less wealthy, etc) has the effect of distorting an economy so badly that it eventually undermines the ability to create wealth, and it collapses in famine. 

What little socialism is able to bestow on the masses is a byproduct of the luxury enabled by saved / stored wealth -- the economic seed-corn of the productive classes, and it lasts only so long as private property and individual rights are protected from the parasitic / rent seeking classes, who will gorge on the seed-corn and distort the economy until it collapses under it's own weight. 

Greece's problem is that it, like all socialist nations, is now facing the consequence of having built a taller and taller monument to socialist grandeur by pulling up the planks from it's own economic foundation.  So now it must collapse, and rebuild a genuine economy.  God Help the ignorant who suffer for having followed socialism to ruin, and pity to those of sound liberty mind who must suffer for being shackled by the tyranny / stupidity of the masses.

And the Greeks now are reminded why the U.S. was established as a liberty-based republic.  The U.S., too, will suffer for sullying liberty with its current abomination of a government / economic system, a neo-authoritarian (you and I cannot say no thanks to it or we a jailed or shot...) partnership of corporatism and socialism.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Your oligarch masters appreciate your unflappable support.   Of course the problem is the workers and the social programs.  The oligarchs amassed unprecedented wealth over the last few decades by pure accident.   The debt incurred by the people has absolutely nothing to do with the wealth gained by the oligarchs.

"the economic seed-corn of the productive classes".

Thank you Jamie and Lloyd for being so productive and planting seeds for the rest of us. And you too, Fuld and Corzine. And Mozilo. And of course thank you to the heirs of the Wal-Mart fortune who have more combined wealth than the bottom 30 percent of the entire country in which they live.  Thank you for all you did being born into wealth.  And thank you all heirs of great fortune who control the vast majority of wealth in the world. And of course let's not forget the Rothschilds or the Queen of England or other worldwide dynasties of wealth and privilege which arose as a birthright.  Thank you for your great productivity and contribution to us all.

Leopold B. Scotch's picture

Pathetic interpretation.  (Deliberate obfuscation?)

The problem is BOTH the political nexus of socialistas and corporatistas. Both are parasistas.  The oligarchs you speak of amassed their wealth by fleecing the common man, and primarily the real wealth producers and savers, while the socialistas got them the other direction. 

You're fuddled with red tinted  glasses that see only the class warfare duality -- haves and have nots, creating a straw man with your hopeless paradigm of "us vs them" on a static pie of wealth.  If you can't see the difference between real wealth producers and Fuld, Corzine and Mozilo, or that the Fuld's, Corzine's, Mozilos (Bush's, Obama's, Henry Paulson's, etc.) all depend on, you're hopeless.

As for being "born into wealth", redsters like you can't explain how so many in the U.S. came to wealth from nothing long before the invention of unions and big government, or why the U.S. was the wealthiest nation in the world (rife with seed corn) long before.

As for anyone's contribution to productivity, don't bother thanking me. I'm thanked by those who pay me for my services voluntarily.  They consent because it is a value to them.

Grubby redsters and class warfarers think by being born you're entitled to others productivity.

This is the myth of the 99% vs the 1% paradigm the Occupy Wall Street crowd tried to roll with, but which fell flat with most of America.  A hard working farmer or blue collar factory worker may smell a rat on Wall Street like many of us do, but they don't think the free market is to blame.  They correctly pin it on those who have coopted BIG GOVERNMENT for their benefit -- the socialistas who demand others pay for their version of utopia, and the corporatists / banksters who rake us over the coals day in and out. 

But your infantile model cannot see this complexity, that these enemies of individualism, hard work and parasites on private wealth formation - socialism and corporatism -- are the opposite side of the same Big Government coin.

Give it up.

LowProfile's picture


I love how the only choice Socialists want us to think we have is a choice between Socialism and Corporatism.

Eat shit and bark at the moon, you pinko fuckshites.  I'm taking my marbles and retreating to a safe distance so I can watch it burn.

GCT's picture

Well written, when you disagree with someone these days your a racist or a Neocon or a commie.  Especailly when the other side has no facts to bring to the table.  This is what the poweers that be want you to do, blame the other person for all of your problems and point fingers and go oh-oh.  When a sound argument is presented these days your just a malcontent.

I come here every day to read this site and learn everyday.  Yes I have been called a moron by some and that is ok if they present me the facts or the link to the facts.  I am thankful to them.  ZH is brutal and I am greatful for it. ZH  challenges people to think instead of just following the herd mentality.   The hardest thing to people to actually is to open your mind put aside all the emotion and actually read what another commentator has to say or examine your own thought process.  Tough to do when I used to spout the party lines as well.

The party line will get you slaughtered here.  Thank goodness! 

LetThemEatRand's picture

Of course, anyone who challenges your belief system must be a parasite.   How elegant and simple to live by such black and white ideology.   Why don't you tell me again about the seed corn planted by the Wal-Mart heirs?   Surely a few individuals who control as much wealth as 30% of the entire U.S. population must have some very important role in your utopian free market meritrocacy.   Or should we just ignore those little details like you also seek to ignore Fuld, Corzine, Lloyd, Jamie, etc because they exemplify the raw excesses of capitalism?  

Leopold B. Scotch's picture

Still missing the point, entirely.  I am concluding that you're deliberately obfuscating the point. 

Corporatists are part of the parasitic class. Those who achieve their wealth through these means -- your Fuld's, Corzine's, Lloyd's, Jamie's, -- and the Clintons, Obamas and Bushs, and the Kennedys and... the Hoffas, the Rumsfeld-Halliburtons, the Ashcrofts, the Cheneys...  the Gingrichs... The J.P. Morgans, the Goldmans, the  etc. etc. etc.

I can't make it any clearer.

What frustrates you is that I won't accept a second wrong as a fix -- socialista parasitic utopianism -- as the only alternative to corporatism.  That's because it proves to bulldoze individual rights as much as corporatism.  It is governance at the end of tyranny, that jails those who simply want to live consensually, without being forced to buy from here or there, this union or that.  Socialism and corporatism are bedfellows, and you're too filled with envy against all haves that you can't get beyond it... that you can't discern the difference of those who achieve their wealth through coercion / govt. force, vs. those who achieve it through voluntary cooperation, for the betterment of all parties to the transaction.  You think you know what's best, and therefore the rest of us should choke it on down...

So you focus on Wal Mart and its heirs instead of the Big Government that created laws that make the Wal-Mart Model the most efficient model to bring consumers affordable prices... You're ignoring that the Federal Reserve system devours individual prosperity through constant ongoing inflation, even during the best of times, because that inflation funds your socialism -- is the lifeblood of Big Government.

You wouldn't be employed in the socialista arts, would you?

Or perhaps you're here to stir the pot, and you're a corporatist beneficiary who hates Ayn Rand as much as any socialista interventionista since you perfectly understand Liberty is the enemy of Banksterism and Corporatism, and so you try to hoodwink the downtrodden to be develop a hate of liberty and freedom with Elsworth Tooweyesque banter....

Even a plain socialista plays the stock market of the soul, and sells short.  You want to break hope for your own power, aggrandizement. 

To quote the Great Toohey himself (on what I think you're up to...):

There are many ways. Here’s one. Make man feel small. Make him feel guilty. Kill his aspiration and his integrity. That’s difficult. The worst among you gropes for an idol in his own twisted way. Kill integrity by internal corruption. Use it against himself. Direct it towards a goal destructive of all integrity. Preach selflessness. Tell man that altruism is the ideal. Not a single one has ever reached it and not a single one ever will. His every living instinct screams against it. But don’t you see what you accomplish ? Man realises that he’s incapable of what he’s accepted as the noblest virtue - and it gives him a sense of guilt, of sin, of his own basic unworthiness. Since the supreme ideal is beyond his grasp, he gives up eventually all ideals, all aspiration, all sense of his personal value. He feels himself obliged to preach what he can’t practice. But one can’t be good halfway or honest approximately. To preserve one’s integrity is a hard battle. Why preserve that which one knows to be corrupt already? His soul gives up its self respect. You’ve got him. He’ll obey. He’ll be glad to obey – because he can’t trust himself, he feels uncertain, he feels unclean. That’s one way.



Here’s another. Kill man’s sense of values. Kill his capacity to recognise greatness or to achieve it. Great men can’t be ruled. We don’t want any great men. Don’t deny conception of greatness. Destroy it from within. The great is the rare, the difficult, the exceptional. Set up standards of achievement open to all, to the least, to the most inept – and you stop the impetus to effort in men, great or small. You stop all incentive to improvement, to excellence, to perfection. Laugh at Roark and hold Peter Keating as a great architect. You’ve destroyed architecture. Build Lois Cook and you’ve destroyed literature. Hail Ike and you’ve destroyed the theatre. Glorify Lancelot Clankey and you’ve destroyed the press. Don’t set out to raze all shrines – you’ll frighten men, Enshrine mediocrity - and the shrines are razed...





...Here’s another way. This is most important. Don't allow men to be happy. Happiness is self-contained and self-sufficient. Happy men have no time and no use for you. Happy men are free men. So kill their joy in living. Take away from them what they want. Make them think that the mere thought of a personal desire is evil. Bring them to a state where saying ‘I want’ is no longer a natural right, but a shameful admission. Altruism is of great help in this. Unhappy men will come to you. They’ll need you. They’ll come for consolation, for support, for escape. Nature allows no vacuum. Empty man’s soul – and the space is yours to fill.

Pitchman's picture

"You have a system that's not being run to be productive as an economy or healthy as an economy.  Its being run to centralize control." - Cathrine Austin Fitts

She had companies working with HUD; getting welfare moms off the dole.  She improved HUD's foreclosed properties auctions, saving the taxpayer $2.5 billion.  The software developed opened the bidding and shined a light on the rigged process.  This did not please one to the nations largest slumlords; The Harvard Endowment.  Long story short: They were not pleased that "ni#%ers with computers" were making them pay market prices or that dependent citizens were given an opportunity to become productive.  They, HUD and the DOJ crushed her business and started sweeps of the projects to fill up the newly privatized prisons.  Some of the food stamp program's customer service business was handled by one her start-ups.  Now those calling for customer service get a JP Morgan employee on the phone; in India.  - God Bless The USA!

If you're interested in the depth of the Rabbit Hole and the psychopaths within, see the "Dillon Reed and Company: And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits" link at the bottom of: The Looting of America: Happy Labor Day

AnAnonymous's picture

Sure, sure.
Why look for other name?
US citizenism led to the GD, it is well known.

Same today, that is US citizenism.

akak's picture

And eternal Chinese citizenism leads to rampant public spitting, nose-picking and roadside shitting --- not to mention gross imperialism such as the conquering and raping of Tibet, and decades of warmongering against the peaceful and independent Republic of Taiwan.

Thus is the revealed the inherent, rampant animal-like, running dog nature of the Chinese citizen.

Every single Chinese citizen, even those not yet born, is directly responsible for the invasion, conquest and rape of Tibet and anti-Taiwanese warmongering.

krispkritter's picture

Does this mean you don't want AnAnnoyingTroll to be your Valentine? ;)

zapdude's picture

Go 'blobbing up' yourself and don't come back.

You're an ugly scab on the butt of ZH because your comments almost without exception make absolutely no sense. 

You've been openly ridiculed numerous times for your idiotic and meaningless phrases and don't contribute to anything productive to the conversation.

Your stupid posts just clutter up the other comments.

akak's picture

You're an ugly scab on the butt of ZH because your comments almost without exception make absolutely no sense.


Did you perhaps expect otherwise from a Chinese citizenism troll?

It is par for the course for them to troll online conversations in order to spread their crypto-fascist Chinese citizenism lies and propaganda, obfuscate, misdirect, confuse and generally blob-up the discussion.

Preventing open minds from seeking and finding the truth is typical of malicious Chinese citizens trolls.

SoNH80's picture

Thumbs up, akak, give that CCP shill the business.....

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Ugly butt scabbing, a result of squatting over briars, thistles, thorns, and nettles while shitting along the roadside, is a part of the eternal nature of Chinese citizen citizenism trolling.


TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

AnAnonymous uttered:

US citizenism led to the GD, it is well known.

Chinese citizen citizenism led to the 3GD (3 Gorges Dam) which was built with Chinese citizenism-enslaved Tibetans. The 3GD will fail because the blobbing up of corruption that is the eternal nature of Chinese citizen citizenism caused the 3GD engineers to cut corners in construction while they were busy nose-picking, spitting and farting and counting their profits from using Tibetan slave labor.

Such is the arrogance of running dog Chinese citizen citizenism imperialism.


StychoKiller's picture

Again I say unto thee, alleviate some suffering:


Sophist Economicus's picture

Looks like one of the tonier streets of Manhattan...

Eisenhorn's picture

It will go on until they cannot leech anymore wealth from the markets; a point we are beginning to approach. 

Once that happens, they pull the rug, batten down the hatches, and remold society after decade or so of "dark ages".

Sit in your ivory castle while the world goes to hell.  Eventually, they will BEG you to restore order and give you anything you ask for to do it.


Sandmann's picture

really hard to find one that works....

Whiner's picture

Too bad the people have no guns. They will have to coopt the military. Good luck widdat.

LowProfile's picture

Err...  2.5 million private guns vs. 1.6 million goobermint guns.

Gully Foyle's picture


The following are 20 things we can learn about the future of America from the death of Detroit....

#1 People don't want to live where the stench of failure and decay is constantly in the air.  Back in the 1950s, Detroit was a teeming metropolis of approximately 2 million people.  According to the 2010 census, only 713,000 people live in Detroit today.  The U.S. Census Bureau says that Detroit lost a resident every 22 minutes during the first decade of this century.

#2 When the economy falls apart, desperate people will do desperate things and many homeowners will fight back.  Justifiable homicide in Detroit rose by a staggering 79 percent during 2011.

#3 In major cities where people are scrambling just to survive, any confrontation can quickly escalate into a life or death affair.  The rate of self-defense killings in Detroit is currently 2200% above the national average.

#4 When there is not enough money to go around, a lot of local governments will choose to cut back on police protection.  Ten years ago, there were approximately 5,000 police for the city of Detroit.  Today, there are less than 3,000.

#5 The essential social services that you are enjoying today will not always be there in the future.  Officials in Detroit recently announced that due to budget constraints, all police stations will be closed to the public for 16 hours a day.

#6 Economic decay is a breeding ground for chaos and violence.  Last Friday and Saturday, a total of nine shootings were reported in the city of Detroit.

#7 More Americans than ever are realizing the benefits of self-defense.  The following is what 73-year-old Julia Brown recently told the Daily....

The last time Brown, 73, called the Detroit police, they didn’t show up until the next day. So she applied for a permit to carry a handgun and says she’s prepared to use it against the young thugs who have taken over her neighborhood, burglarizing entire blocks, opening fire at will and terrorizing the elderly with impunity.

#8 When crime gets go bad that the police are powerless to stop it, vigilante groups begin to form....

In fact, crime has gotten so bad and the citizens are so frustrated by the lack of police assistance that they have resorted to forming their own organizations to fight back.  One group, known as "Detroit 300", was formed after a 90-year-old woman on Detroit's northwest side was brutally raped in August.

#9 When criminals become desperate, they will steal literally anything that is not bolted down.  In Detroit today, thieves have stripped so much copper wiring out of the street lights that half of all the lights in some neighborhoods no longer work.

#10 As things fall apart, eventually a time comes when it is not even safe to drive down the road in the middle of the day.  100 bus drivers in Detroit recently refused to drive their routes out of fear of being attacked on the streets.  The head of the bus drivers union, Henry Gaffney, said that the drivers were literally "scared for their lives"....

“Our drivers are scared, they’re scared for their lives. This has been an ongoing situation about security. I think yesterday kind of just topped it off, when one of my drivers was beat up by some teenagers down in the middle of Rosa Parks and it took the police almost 30 minutes to get there, in downtown Detroit,” said Gaffney.

#11 One of the clearest signs of decline in America is the state of our education system.  Only 25 percent of all students in Detroit end up graduating from high school.  Many other major cities will soon have graduation rates similar to Detroit.

#12 When local governments run out of money they are forced to make tough choices.  After already shutting down dozens of schools, officials in Detroit have announced plans to close down 16 more schools.

#13 A growing percentage of Americans cannot even read or write.  This is a very frightening indication of what the future of America could look like.  According to one stunning report, 47 percent of all people living in the city of Detroit are functionally illiterate.

#14 Sadly, child poverty is absolutely exploding all over the United States.  Today, 53.6 percent of all children that live in Detroit are living below the poverty line.

#15 The employment situation in America is a lot worse than the government is telling us.  An analysis of census figures found that 48.5% of all men living in Detroit from age 20 to age 64 did not have a job in 2008.

#16 When a major city becomes a hellhole, home prices fall like a rock.  The median price of a home in Detroit is now just $6000.

#17 When crime and looting become commonplace, homes in an area can become absolutely worthless.  Some homes in Detroit have been sold for a single dollar.

#18 When depression-like conditions exist in an area for a number of years, large numbers of people will move on to greener pastures.  As of a few years ago, there were more than 40,000 vacant properties in the city of Detroit.

#19 Just because we have a high standard of living today does not mean that will always be the case.  Detroit is just a rotting shell of what it once was, and what is happening to Detroit will happen to much of the rest of America very soon.  The following is what one British reporter found during his visit to Detroit....

Much of Detroit is horribly dangerous for its own residents, who in many cases only stay because they have nowhere else to go. Property crime is double the American average, violent crime triple. The isolated, peeling homes, the flooded roads, the clunky, rusted old cars and the neglected front yards amid trees and groin-high grassland make you think you are in rural Alabama, not in one of the greatest industrial cities that ever existed.

#20 When government finances collapse, politicians look for things to sell off and "privatize".  Unfortunately, the Detroit city government is so broke that it is now considering selling off some of its most famous assets....

Now, the city of Detroit's most venerable assets — from Belle Isle to the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel — could end up on the auction block as the city fights for its financial life.

Facing mounting debt and the prospect of a state-appointed emergency manager, the city is looking at all options to shed expenses and raise revenue. If city officials can't come up with a viable budget plan, an emergency manager would have the power to sell assets as part of a financial takeover of Detroit.

But Detroit is not alone.

Lots of other cities all over America are flat broke and out of options.

For example, just check out what is happening in Scranton, Pennsylvania....

Mayor Christopher Doherty is blunt when asked about a court order forcing his Pennsylvania city to pay about $30 million in wages withheld from police and firefighters under a state-approved fiscal recovery plan.

“I don’t have the money,” said Doherty, 53. As for the chance of borrowing the cash, more than half of the city’s projected general-fund revenue, he added, “there’s no financial institution that’s going to give me $30 million to pay it.”

The U.S. economy never recovered from the last major financial crisis, and now another one is on the way.

As the economy crumbles, so will the fabric of our society.

The American people are terribly spoiled and they do not possess the character to handle depression-like conditions with grace and dignity.

In the years ahead, we are going to see rampant rioting and looting in our major cities.  The crime sprees that we will witness in future years will be absolutely unprecedented.

Things did not have to turn out this way, but unfortunately the consequences of decades of really bad decisions are starting to catch up with us.

economics1996's picture

I lived through that crap in Pontiac in the 1970s.  I was in a gang member dealing out the punishment.  I know what is coming, trying to give the ZHers a heads up my man.

And race will be very important, do not fool yourself with the government propaganda.   

Gully Foyle's picture


"And race will be very important, do not fool yourself with the government propaganda."

I went to a Catholic school in the seventies. One of the Nuns previously worked in an inner city ghetto. She said a little Black girl she worked with told her that when the revolution came she would kill the Nun first. Kill her as in do her a favor and save her from all the abuse and pain Whitey had coming.

Sigh, I wish I had minority friends that considerate. 

Use of Weapons's picture

This is an extremely well done map of the USA in 2011 outlining the cash / capita gains / losses by State / City / area.

For instance, Lee County, FL, gained a value of $406 million but lost 2,829 people.

Although this is slightly lossey, in that it deals only with IRS data [*cough* Cayman Islands *cough*] it is a very nice indicator of the wealth gain/drain going on in the USA.

L.A. lost $1.6 billion and 55k people. Ouch.


Your post was definitely lacking a reference to predatory lending practises by JP Morgan and co to local state municipalities.

DollarMenu's picture

Thanks Gully, good info in your post.

But, really, isn't this what TPTB want?

What could suit them better than to have the population reduced to an illiterate feral state,

without the capacity to even speak to their condition, unable to even begin to remedy.

The planet reduced to flyover status for the most part, the owners travel from

one fortified oasis to another.

Low and mid level managers and bureaucrats fight for crumbs and positions.

The rest be damned.