17. Mai 2013 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Asef Bayat, New Left Review 80, März/April 2003 · Kategorien: Lesetipps · Tags:

„Revolution in Bad Times“:

„[…] rather  than  looking  for quick results or worrying about set demands, we might view the Arab uprisings as ‘long revolutions’ that may bear fruit in ten or twenty years by establishing new ways of doing things, a new way of thinking about power. Yet at stake are not merely semantic concerns about how to define revolutions, but the hard problems of power structures and entrenched interests. However one characterizes the process—as ‘long revolution’, or as one that begins with the radical transformation of the state—the crucial  question  is  how  to  ensure  a  fundamental  shift  from  the  old, authoritarian order to inaugurate meaningful democratic change, while eschewing violent coercion and injustice. One thing is certain, however: the journey from the oppressive ‘old’ to the liberatory ‘new’ will not come about without relentless struggles and incessant popular mobilization, in both public and private realms. Indeed, the ‘long revolution’ may have to begin even when the ‘short revolution’ ends.“ (S. 60)

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