Thursday, June 16, 2011

C Wright Mills on the Arab uprisings

Ahmet sent me this (I cite with his permission):  "Asad..from your remark on the fallacy of the non violence of Arab uprisings, one is tempted to quote c wright Mills from the Power Elite book: "They derive such importance as they have from the simple fact that violence is the final support of power and the final resort of those who would contest it"....So it is rather ridiculous that westerners want to lecture us on the ethics of revolutionary conduct when one see what is happening right now their own backyard, that is the parliamentary democracies that we are supposed to worship..look at this account in Greece: " Earlier, protesters hurled petrol bombs at the finance ministry and fought with police in central Athens as they tried to prevent MPs from entering parliament to discuss planned new spending cuts and tax rises to stave off a default. Youths smashed store fronts and pulled up paving stones to throw at riot police, who responded with tear gas and stun grenades."  Yes, Ahmet.  But you have to admit that the White Man is cute when he uses violence, unlike the black and brown people.

PS Nir Rosen sent me this comment on this post: "i dont agree with this point only because the Greeks have been sort of otherized in accounts and analysis of the demonstrations there. they are not treated by white people as if they were white people, they are treated as if they are lazy, corrupt, brown people "