Magazine July 18, 2011, Issue

Mad as Hell

Stéphane Hessel (Baltel/SIPA/Newscom)
A little pamphlet, a lot of rage

The vicissitudes of the marketplace are, as everyone knows, not easily calculable. Who, for example, would have foreseen that a pamphlet written by a 93-year-old man, and published by a hitherto obscure publisher (of anarcho-vegetarian-noble-savage tendencies) in Montpellier in the south of France, would not only have sold hundreds of thousands of copies in its home country, but similar numbers in Spain, and then inspired demonstrators against government austerity measures in both Madrid and Athens?

The pamphlet was called “Indignez-vous!” (“Work yourself up into a rage!”), and the demonstrators called themselves les indignés, or los indignados, the indignant. Its author is

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Anthony Daniels — Mr. Daniels, a retired doctor who worked in several parts of the world, is the author of Mass Listeria, a book about health scares.

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