For the serious to be truly serious, there must be the serial, which is made up of elements, of results, of configurations, of homologies, of repetitions. What is serious for Lacan is the logic of the signifier, that is to say the opposite of a philosophy, inasmuch as every philosophy rests on the appropriateness, transparency, agreement, harmony of thought with itself.
More Information Why the uprisings now? As explained in the Control of Resources page almost a decade earlier, the Middle East is riddled with authoritarian regimes of various kinds monarchies, dictatorships, religious republics, etc.
Most of these regimes have been given legitimacy through support by the outside world, e. In some cases, potential proto-democracies emerging from a global wave of anti-colonialism were overthrown and replaced by dictators, while others were corrupted in various ways.
Aid, in the form of military aid, or support in the form of foreign military bases ensured continued influence of outside superpowers while entrenching the illegitimate regimes.
Any descent has often been met by violence, crushing any potential for alternative voices.
Or, as with Iran, overthrowing the brutal Shah regime has resulted in another repressive regime vehemently anti-West, anti-US in particular. However, as I had written in that page above, Democracy or no democracy, people can and will only take so much.
At some point, they will rise up and ask for their demands to be met. If until now any protests against ruling regimes has generally been fruitless, what has changed? Decades of authoritarian rule has no doubt suppressed thoughts and opinions which are perhaps now bubbling to the surface when combined with all these other issues.
Algeria slashes food prices amid riots.
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Now, it seems, that is not enough. Some of the Arab countries are also artificial; boundaries created by colonial powers to divide and conquer the Arab people also pitting clashing sub-cultures e.
Sunnis and Shiites together, held together or dominated by an authoritarian power.
But much of that may be unraveling in some nations. Some of the protests focus on jobs, unemployment, corruption, etc e. Protests in Bahrain, February 16, credit All these local, regional and global issues therefore combine in various and potent ways ways, especially in the hands of the large population of unemployed but well-educated youth.
Some protests have been non-violent, while others have had varying degrees of violence, either by protestors or by security forces. Libyan security forces have been extremely violent, killing many, many protesters it appears.
In Egypt many lives were also lost initially but eventually became much more non-violent as the military refused to attack protesters.
In Oman, protests to date have been non-violent. Following some unrest and protests in the country, Saudi Arabia recently banned all protests.
It is one of the most extremist of regimes in the region, but enormously backed by the West. The authoritarian nature of Saudi rule is therefore accommodated and even supported by Western leaders though despised by Western people in general. More generally, Khaled Hroub, director of the Cambridge Arab Media Project, says that the recent strife across the Arab world reveals some salient messages: At the time of the Iraq war build upthousands of voices were raised that enforced democracy from outside cannot work.
Instead, the recent uprisings and protests throughout the Middle East strengthens that point; more was achieved in the few weeks of Egyptian protests with far less of a death toll or national destruction.
Though of course there is much still to be seen. Back to top A social media revolution?
Some have described uprisings such as the one in Egypt as a Facebook revolution or Twitter revolution, referring to the social media web sites that facilitate much easier information sharing and more. Such tools have been enablers for underlying social, political and economic issues have always been there.
Unlike technologies before it, the Internet has tremendously increased the speed at which people can communicate and relay compelling information around the world to by-pass official censorship, which has trouble keeping up. It is not perfect: Even the US has been mulling authoritative powers on the Internet that some feel goes against what it officially stands for.
Back to top An awakened educated youth An additional key factor in the eruption of revolt is the sheer number of disaffected youthas these are also the Internet generation using those social media tools effectively.
The young population in the Middle East region is large — as is the percentage of young who are unemployed but well-educated, meaning there is a lot of potential political energy that can be channeled towards protest and change.
Although there are some images of young protesters hurling rocks at security forces, the overwhelming and inappropriate force has typically been from government security forces.Personalist dictators may be members of the military or leaders of a political party.
Yet, neither the military nor the party exercises power independent from the dictator. In personalist dictatorships, the elite corps is usually made up of close friends or family members of the dictator.
On the important occasion of International Women's Day, the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) greets the fighting women in its own ranks and the fighting women of Canada, Quebec, the Indigenous nations and from all over the world who are in the front ranks of the fight to defend their own rights and the rights of all.
Democracy and dictatorships are two types government that are fundamental opposites. In a democracy, power rests with the country's people, who make decisions either by voting directly or by electing representatives to make decisions on their behalf.
A dictatorship is an autocratic style of. NOTES FROM ABOVE GROUND. By Honey van Blossom (Honey is a Belgian Marxist former strip-tease artiste) [In order to see the detail of the maps and most of .
Author’s Bio. More than a year into the Obama presidency, I, as neither Republican nor Democrat, am struck by how much he resembles not Jimmy Carter, as conservatives like to say, or FDR, as liberals prefer, but his immediate predecessor, not just in similarly pursuing certain unfortunate policies in ballooning our national indebtedness and doomed military activities.
What is the difference between totalitarianism and a dictatorship? What is the difference between totalitarianism and authoritarianism? Totalitarian regimes control all aspects of life.