Strikes and civil unrest not just in Britain, but across Europe: Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, France, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia and Greece - and the recession has hardly started.
The various outbreaks of dissent have different causes, but the single underlying cause is deep and pervasive dissatisfaction with government. Civil unrest and disobedience tends to bring about abrupt changes of Government, as has already happened in Iceland.
It is a double edged sword, though. The BNP will be trying to hijack the anger and strikes over foreign workers to its own advantage. Frightened, Government will tend to respond with yet heavier policing and more restrictive rules for public assembly.
If the demonstrations do manage to bring about change, it may not be the right change. Changing the person or party in power may or may not help a bit - but the real change needs to be in the underlying political philosophy. New Governments needs to break with the old, broken ideologies of the free market, and take on the philosophy of a market guided by ecological and social values operating in a mixed economy.
We need economics founded on ecology instead of the shibboleth of corporate profit;
we need societies founded on coherent, resourceful local communities, rather than the controlled by the centralising orders of managerialism;
we need democracies driven by people power, not based on the exercise of an absurd, Winner takes All, First Past the Post electoral system once every four years.
Change is in the air. To make sure it is positive change, the Green Party needs to put forward a clear idea of what we have to do to solve the many interlocking crises that we face, a clear set of demands.
The problem lies in a broken economic system. The old command economy of communism faded away in the 1990s. Now the free market fundamentalism is breaking up.
In the place of this old pair of opposed opposites, greens can put forward a solid cognitive framework for a system of economics based on ecology.
Not only is green ideology intellectually coherent, resolving the otherwise irreconcilable difference between individualism and socialism, but also, in the Green New Deal, it offers a direct and practical way of dragging the world economy out of recession.
As things stand in the Green Party, we need to put forward these proposals an Enabling Motion for autumn 2009 Conference, bring out a Draft Voting Paper for the spring 2010 conference, have it referred back at the autumn 2010 conference, and maybe have it in the MfSS by 2011, with a bit of luck. A week is a long time in real politics, but for the Green Party policy making process, a week does not exist. Ho hum.