Our friends and comrades in Thessaloniki are creating a new collective – a hostel in the social space Micropolis! Soon information about a crowdfunding will be published. In the meantime read the declaration, check out the FB page of SLG Salouga Hostel and leave a like!
August 2008: Airbnb is founded
2010: The company goes over 1 million subscriptions and accepts financing of 7.5 million dollars.
2011: Airbnb grows to over 5 million subscriptions.
June 2012: 10 million subscriptions.
2013: Airbnb already has offices in Ireland, London, Singapore and USA.
2014: The company accepts financing close to 500 million dollars.
2015: It reaches a valuation of 2.3 billion dollars with additional financing.
November 2015: Airbnb is not accepted in San Francisco
2016: Airbnb becomes the only company in its sector having bought all the other smaller ones.
2018: Airbnb has by now taken over all the major cities of Europe and the USA. Most homeowners choose to throw out those renting their homes and to place their home in the Airbnb platform which reaches a valuation of 38 billion.
2019: Madrid adopts a law which essentially forbids to 95% of houses to come under Airbnb.
2020: This is followed with similar laws by other European cities such as Barcelona, Milan, Paris.
2021: The valuation of Airbnb develops with slower but steady rhythm as it continues to develop around the world despite the legal limitations placed by some cities.
2022: In all European cities and metropoles, where Airbnb has been forbidden, pressure is growing to bring the platform back for development purposes by owners of properties, restaurants, bars, foreign investors, airlines and the tourism lobby.
2023: A new world economic crisis breaks out. It is fired up first by the second nuclear explosion in Fukushima, 12 years after the first. The extremely high levels of radiation in the Pacific Ocean, which destroy natural resources, result in an ocean where no exploitation can take place, all life in it either dies or gets sick, all this while cancer levels exceed all records in its coasts. As coastal areas are evacuated insurrections break out, while in the USA armed revoltsdevelop. The second reason for this is the break up of the bubble of student loans in the USA, which had reached in the USA already from 2019 1.5 trillion dollars and in 2023 it reaches 3 trillion. Studentmobilisations and occupations of universities starting in America and then in Europe are the biggest ever recorded. At the same time, a new phenomenon appears which was called by economists “mass fall out” and “mass skive”. It grew like an epidemic, especially after it expanded to mass media; persons around 25-40 “could not get up from bed”, leading this way to the greatest multisector long duration wild strikes of all time. An asymmetric attack by hackers is launched against state institutions and multinational companies. New revelations come to light after whistle blowing by members of several secret services around the world. Depression reaches 30% of world population, suicides and hunger strikes reach massive proportions.
2024-2026: An enormous war has erupted which has become known in history and human conscience as “worldwide civil war”. Extreme pauperisation leads to chain insurrections worldwide. The central slogan „The future is NOW!“ is being shouted in all languages around the world. NATO, Russia and China send international fully armed armies in the streets of metropoles and provinces; coordinated attacks with drones in occupied areas result in the death of many millions of civilians and imprisonments of many more millions. State prohibitions shut down the internet in many areas.
2027: Airbnb buys out the monopoly of privately managed prisons in the whole world, which in the context of the new state of exception penal system function also as production chains for big multinational companies, such as Amazon, aiming at a faster economic growth. Other impoverished areas have been transformed into huge lagers by states and international military organisations and their populations work in big chains of production for just a daily meal. In parallel with all this, conflicts continue around the world with somewhat lower intensity, since because of insurrections autonomous zones were created which continue to resist including evermore greater parts of population.
2028: Airbnb launches its “all inclusive trip packages”. In cooperation with Google’s big data management, it offers specially adjusted to everyone door to door trips, i.e. from the moment they leave their house until they return to it. All intermediary steps, including transportation, hotel accommodation, entertainment and food have been bought by Airbnb. Disneyworld, which has the monopoly in the spectacle industry, converts cities and metropoles in huge tourist thematic parks. Cities are equipped with “intelligent borders” for the prevention of insurrections. All this takes place with the agreement of state governments for “economic growthand anti-depression” reasons. The valuation of Airbnb explodes to 600 billion dollars.
2029: One after the other, many European metropoles such as Rome, London, Paris and Athens are bought by Airbnb. The historic centers of cities are converted for rent by rich locals and tourists, while the lowerclass is obliged to live outside the center in production lines in the suburbs and live in overercrowded buildings or encampments. Their possibility to move is limited, except for higher level company employees able to travel through Airbnb in poorer countries. Any protest, if not quashed before it even appears due to extreme controland collection of information, is put down brutally by international armies that have replaced the police in the streets of cities, in addition to the newly established U.O.M.A. (Units for Order Maintenance Airbnb).
2030: And then, when we had thought that all was finished, some glimpses of freedom appeared. Antiauthoritarian groups and communities, pushed to the edges of cities, since living in the center was impossible if you were not rich, decide to join together and prepare one last plan. Feverishsecret processes in encrypted communications and collaboration at global level are following. All those who have continued participating in movements decide to create from below conditions of living and housing against the monopoly of Airbnb. Selforganized structures of hospitality are created with rules of resistance to the wave of tourism and uprooting of people, which cater to those who want to visit various cities in Europe, and exchange experiences and ideas on whether another world is finally possible. In Thessaloniki, this starts from the (since 2025)occupied autonomous zone of Aristotle University , a movement conducted via the underground tunnels and catacombs toward the center of the city. Finally, the until 2023 Free social space Micropolis, is occupied with the intention to create a center of the struggle against Airbnb and expand the autonomous community into the centre of the city. SLG Hostel takes form.