Sunday, 7 July 2013

Salon: "The age of revolution: 1989-2013, and counting"

"From the Berlin Wall to Cairo, we live in an era of anti-authoritarian revolution that may transform the world"

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"Whatever you make of the extraordinary turn of events in Egypt over the past week, it makes clear how much and how rapidly the world is changing. If you were ever worried you didn’t live in interesting times, you can quit worrying now.

"Only the world’s most committed nihilist could approve of all those movements, which wouldn’t even all agree that their aim was democracy, or at least not the version of it practiced in the U.S. and other major Western nations. They have nothing in common except that shared mistrust of imperial power, and a thoroughgoing rejection of the neo-liberal capitalist consensus that has governed the world for the past 24 years.

"That’s exactly where the immense opportunity and danger of this revolutionary age lies.

"Watching the people of a major nation take to the streets and overthrow a hated government for the second time in three years suggests that 'another world is possible',” as the activist slogan holds, but also that we have no idea what it will look like, or what degree of chaos might be involved in getting there.

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