Is "the Arab Spring" a Revolution?

A conspicuous and analogous comparison is to be drawn between the Arab revolutions and the French Évenements of 1968 in Paris and other areas, except a few, but paramount differences. Both populist movements aimed at changing absolutism into pluralism. Social unrests seem to be a major factor of revolutionising politics and philosophy in the world. In France, observers mark that it traced the move from modernity to postmodernity socially and politically. Will it be the case for the Arabs?
Some of the Arab revolutions attained the overthrow of governments other not. However, they, like Évenements, shattered the apparent lullaby of settlement in the countries concerned.
The same political contexts surround both movements; they both lay bare the aspirations of youth in the West and the East—as if demonstrating the perpetual and the seemingly never-ending lagging of the East behind the West: from 60s to 2011 is quite a lot of time. The protests in France, nonetheless, were very particular in many points:
- They almost all broke out from universities and Lycées in Paris as an incarnation of the elite’s aspirations. In contrast, in the Arab case the outbursts were commenced by street vendors setting fire in their bodies and get recognition as Bouazizi did successfully and unintentionally. The former: a revolt of thought, and the latter: a revolt for recognition??
- Two Arab countries overthrew their presidents: Ben Ali and Mubarak, the French were at the fringe of overthrowing Charles De Gaulle. As if because the concern of the French wasn't the coup d’état in particular. Many saw the Évenements as a chance to shatter the "old society" and renew its conventional morality; that's why reassessing the educational system would be a positive point to assure.
- The French revolution defeated the metanarratives of Marxism that were incarnated in the French Communist Party (PCF). With the Bombarding of Nanterre campus with tear gas, the PCF was condemned and their Marxist project finally put to failure. For the first time in France, Marxism revealed to be a machine of suppression rather than a revolution supporter, some would argue.
Following massive strikes for weeks the French intellectuals has come to a state of complete dissolution by the hands of a populist revolution with slogans like:"In a society that has abolished every kind of adventure the only adventure that remains is to abolish the society." Let’s wonder if the Arab revolutions will be able to abolish the society or just the government?
- That event of 1968 was an inspiration to many philosophers and thinkers who used it, along with other events in Europe and North America that changed their societies: like Auschwitz, Harlem and others, to reveal that the world’s perspectives change according to social and cultural incidence. To state an instance, Jean-François Lyotard, the French philosopher and the pioneer of Postmodernism, makes use of events like those to emphasize their influential role in shifting the Western world’s philosophy from a philosophy of absoluteness, certainty and all those “grand narratives” that were believed to provide universal explanations for the world, to a philosophy of skepticism and uncertainty and, by that, it entails all that is diverse, different and plural.
Will the libidinal economy let the Arabs move towards postmodernism?

2011

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