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Influences of the Arab Revolts

Chiara Bottici and Benoit Challand:

“Since its Greek inception, direct democracy has been plagued by the dilemma arising from the fact that the participation of some in the deliberations taking place in the public square implied the exclusion of “others” (e.g., women, slaves) who had to take care of (re)production. The new logic of occupation breaks this vicious circle by making the collective care of basic needs not simply a precondition for democracy, but also an expression of democracy itself.
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…the protests in Arab countries signified a radical break in terms of a new sense of citizenship based on two general revolutionary principles:
The first is the logic of intersectionality and inclusion: People did not protest for their own sake and interests alone. They were unified and willing to assume the attendant risks for other socially vulnerable segments of society.
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The second is what we can call “presentism,” that is, the attempt to reclaim the present time and refuse the alienation of a jobless future and bleak political prospects.
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It has become commonplace to say that the Arab revolts and Occupy Wall Street have failed because they did not manage to transform political institutions. This is the wrong stick with which to measure their achievements. By occupying public squares, these protests have occupied the space of democracy and thus taught us that democracy does not begin with the ballot box, but rather with us“.

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Jean Ziegler

Jean Ziegler:

“Vivimos en un orden mundial criminal y caníbal, donde las pequeñas oligarquías del capital financiero deciden de forma legal quién va a morir de hambre y quién no. Por tanto, estos especuladores financieros deben ser juzgados y condenados, reeditando una especie de Tribunal de Nüremberg”.

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” …la incapacidad de movimientos de la sociedad civil como el 15M en España u Occupy Wall Street en Estados Unidos. “Reconozco que son símbolos importantes y que han logrado la simpatía de la sociedad, pero todavía son insuficientes para quebrar la actual relación de fuerzas si no desembocan en una huelga general indefinida. Hay que darse cuenta de que en el orden mundial reina una violencia estructural que se debe combatir con una contraviolencia basada en la resistencia pacífica”.

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“No puede ser que en un planeta con los recursos agroalimentarios suficientes para alimentar al doble de la población mundial actual, haya casi una quinta parte de sus habitantes sufriendo infraalimentación”.

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