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Motivation Monday XI

Motivation Monday XI

Image: A can of tear gas lands near Loukanikos and protesters, February 2011. GIORGOS MOUTAFIS / ANZENBERGER

Motivation Monday XI, along with our wishes for prosperity, goes out to the Greeks in the street. In July of last year an unlikely symbol of the Greek riots emerged. It is astonishing how something like a loyal dog can reaffirm that all is right in the universe. Loukanikos, meaning ‘sausage’ in Greek, was visible engaging with activists against the police. The dog seems to really believe in the cause, biting and growling at riot police. Loukanikos understands that the Greek people did not incur debt, the Greek government did. The recent scenes from the street are filled with fire and violence. Loukanikos has not made an appearance as of yet. We hope he stays safe. “Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.”-Alexander Pope

About karololesiak

Karol Olesiak is a poet, writer, and activist. He is a graduate of Eugene Lang Liberal Arts College at The New School and an MFA student at The University of San Francisco. As a Navy sailor, he commissioned the USS Ronald Reagan, navigated the straits of Magellan, and served in the Persian Gulf. In 2011 Karol headlined The Bowery Poetry Club in New York. That same year he became a staunch supporter of The Occupy Wall Street Movement and became entrenched in the Occupy network of affinity groups. Karol was one of the founders of He became an antiwar activist in 2010 and has written many political essays. He has been translated into Spanish. Karol's poetry has been incorporated into cinematography and sound art.

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