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REVOLUTIONS AND DEMOCRACY

Editors: Henrik Jøker Bjerre & Agon Hamza

The International journal of political philosophy, Crisis and Critique, announces a call for papers for its first issue, which will be devoted to the topic of revolutions and democracy.

During the last couple of years, we have witnessed popular uprisings all over the world, from Greece to London, from Egypt to Brasil. These events have awakened us from a dogmatic slumber of liberal-parliamentary consensus. These led Slavoj Žižek to argue that this was “the year of dreaming dangerously”, whereas Badiou interpreted them as “the rebirth of history.”

However, while there are upheavals, revolts and revolutions all around the globe, the response of the left is rather weak. The revolutions and popular revolts that have resulted in the overthrowing of autocratic governments, have been appropriated by the reactionary forces, i.e. Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, in Slovenia a right-wing government has been replaced by a technocratic one, etcetera. Apart from happily celebrating every popular revolt that has been happening all around the globe, our question is: has the Left been capable of providing a network for a critical analysis of these events?

The latest events in Egypt, Brasil, and elsewhere have made it incumbent upon us to rethink the relation between democracy and revolution. How and what should an emancipatory response be?

In this issue, we want to address questions like:

* Is democracy the name for radical political and social transformations?

* Does democracy present the terrain in which our struggle should take place?

* What does it mean to be a revolutionary Marxist today?

* How can we account for the weakness of the left, in a time when capitalism is going through a terminal crisis?

Articles should be sent in English. The maximal length is 9000-10.000 words. Submissions should be sent to: editor@materializmidialektik.org

The deadline for submission is December 15, 2013.

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-on-democracy-and-revolution-crisis-and-critique-journal

 

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Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

WHITHER THE REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENTS OF THE MIDDLE EAST? EGYPT, TUNISIA, AND IRAN

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013 

4:00-6:00 PM

 

Westside Peace Center

3916 Sepulveda Blvd.

Suite 101-102, press #22 to get into room

Culver City (LA area)

 

Speakers:

Kevin Anderson, author of “Marx at the Margins: On Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Non-Western Societies”

Mansoor M., Iranian cultural worker

 

The Middle Eastern revolutionary and democratic movements reached a crossroads in the summer of 2013. Given the fact that the 2011 Arab revolutions have inspired countless global protest movements, including Occupy in the U.S., the fate of these revolutions is more than a regional matter.  Rather, it is one that affects all of us. This includes those in the U.S. who are at this very moment protesting the racist verdict in the Trayvon Martin case or the military “justice” system’s verdict on Bradley Manning.

The July 2013 overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt involved an unprecedented level of popular mobilization that has created a new opening for the Egyptian and the worldwide revolutionary movement.  At the same time, the new military government carries with it serious dangers, as do the contradictions within the left itself, including on gender.  In Tunisia, the popular outcry after the assassination of a leftist political leader, apparently by fundamentalists, has included a general strike and large demonstrations.  At the same, time the Iranian presidential election in June showed a yearning by the population to get out from under the rule of reactionary clerics. 

 

Suggested reading: “Egyptian Revolutionaries Push Out Islamists, But Face Another Round of Military Rule”  — by Kevin Anderson

http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/articles/egyptian-revolutionaries-push-islamists-face-military-rule-kevin-anderson

 

Sponsored by the West Coast Chapter, International Marxist-Humanist Organization

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

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