Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Counter-Revolution

Popular revolutions are popular on account of the wide support they receive from certain segments of society, not because they are the product of social consensus. On the contrary, popular revolutions are polarizing phenomena that fragment society by pitting different segments against each other, and break the state by overtaxing the capacity of its institutions. The ongoing mobilization of different segments soon paves the way to civil war tearing apart the very fabric holding the country together.

Although they heavily depend on participation from poor communities from the urban and rural areas, popular revolutions are often instigated and led by disaffected members of the intellectual and professional classes. Quickly after the beginning, however, leadership of these revolutions passes into the hands of more violent elements leading to the rise of warlords of different stripes and backgrounds. The erstwhile ideals and goals that inspired the revolutions are soon forgotten. Meanwhile, the revolutions are opposed by a similar array of forces whose livelihood and sense of security depends on the ruling regimes and the preservation of the status quo.

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