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A rebel universality from below

Insurgent Universality: An Alternative Legacy of Modernity
Forfatter: Massimiliano Tomba
Forlag: Oxford University Press (Storbritannien)
TRACKING OF THE ORDER: The ruling order does everything in its power to derail the uprisings.

The new uprising cycle has now lasted almost ten years – if we say, it begins with the demonstrations in Tunisia triggered by Mohamed Bouazizi's suicide on 17. December 2010. As is well known, the protests against local gunfire and an odd post-colonial world spread to a number of countries in North Africa and the Middle East, including Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria.

At the same time that the Arab revolts were gaining momentum, the southern European space occupation movements began in earnest in the summer of 2011. These rejected the European Central Bank's savings programs, which were to buy out the mafia banks and pass the bill on to the European peoples. In the fall of 2011, the trip to the United States came, with the occupy movement occupying places in American cities and criticizing the enormous economic inequality that the financial crisis had exposed.

The past is pregnant with possible futures.

The period since 2011 has been marked by the uprisings – Ukraine, France, Brazil, Hong Kong, Chile, etc. – but it has also been marked by a violent counter-revolutionary counter-movement that has taken the form of everything from invasions (in Libya, Mali and Syria, among others) ) to liquidations (Khashoggi) and the return of fascism as culture and governance (from Trump and Bolsonaro to the Danish Social Democrats' complete affirmation of...

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Mikkel Bolt
Professor of political aesthetics at the University of Copenhagen.

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