Behind the modernist facades and underneath the civilized surfaces, though rarely out in the open: the homeless and the indigent of Barcelona, Spain or Athens, Greece among the millions of victims of twenty-first-century capitalism. It's the politics, stupid. Austerity politics is poverty and insecurity for the many, and maintaining the status quo for the banks and the rich. Democracy under the rule of capital is rule of the few, for the few, by the few. In ancient Athens, it was called plutocracy.