Friday, February 25, 2011

divine violence

How many times have you had the real sense of unknown future in your life? Of course, we can always say we don't know the future, but we rarely sense it. Imagine millions of people at this moment are feeling it. The uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East reject any rationalizing.

Perhaps Alain Badiou describes it best. Verso has provided English translation of his contribution to Le Monde

Neither of them is the reiteration of something we already know. This is why it is to say “this movement is demanding democracy” (implying the one we enjoy in the West), or “this movement is demanding social improvements” (implying the median prosperity of the small-bourgeois in our countries). Born from almost nothing, resonating everywhere, the popular uprising creates unknown possibilities for the whole world. The word “democracy” is practically never mentioned in Egypt. There's talk of a “new Egypt”, of “the real Egyptian people”, of constituent assembly, of an absolute change of existence, of unprecedented possibilities. This is about the new field that will be there where the previous one, set on fire by the spark of uprising, will no longer be. It stands, this new field to come, between the declaration of overthrowing forces and the one of assuming new tasks. Between what a young Tunisian has said: “We, the sons of workers and farmers, are stronger than the criminals”; and what a young Egyptian has said: “Starting today, 25th January, I take charge of the affairs of my country”.

The other good reads: Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri on The Guardian says "The prevalence in the revolts of social network tools, such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, are symptoms, not causes, of this organisational structure."

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