Posted by: r.m. | June 8, 2009

another angle on the elections

More gems from Fadi Youssef: “What we need is a will for change, not a dependency on a change maker.”

Okay.

Given that, as I stated earlier and as has been discussed by numerous others in detail, the domestic and particularly the economic agenda between 14-march and 8-march is not significantly different; given that both coalitions are sectarian, though 14-march is distinctly more sectarian and more deliberately divisive in their sectarian propaganda;

thus

the question becomes: how can this loss be used to create, revitalize, spur (use whichever verb you want depending on your reading of history) an economically-just, secular, shared-narrative, ground-breaking movement?

how can we build a shared vision for this country — a vision built on a national identity and not a sectarian identity, a vision built on economic welfare and not economic greed?

how can we work towards something – and not simply against something?

I mean that question literally: we. not them. but we.


Responses

  1. well rami’s prediction is that this is the scenario needed–this particular election outcome–to create precisely this vision.

    • Marcy could very well be correct, especially if the spirit of grassroots activism in Lebanon mirrors the US experience whereby membership in the ACLU and a myriad of other progressive organizations grows dramatically in response to a right-wing resurgence in government and then unfortunately quiets back down when a “Bush in sheep’s clothing” returns to the White House with similar economic or military policies.

      — Wael Masri

  2. The short answer is to eliminate the role of religion and capitalism in politics. Maybe thats too radical for now, but that’s what will ultimately have to happen if people are to realize a just society. Divisions along sectarian and economic lines are artificial and they must be removed before sectarianism and economic injustice are defeated.

  3. and how do “we” do that?

  4. I think the most effective way would be to have both parties coming to power in succession and both failing really bad (yes I mean much worse than now) so people can finally believe that a socialist secular system is the only just alternative for the majority. I hope this is not wishful thinking.

  5. I don’t know how “we” fit into the above scenario, but I think it’s not right to sacrifice one goal, even temporarily, just to fight the bigger danger. For example, aligning oneself with religious parties or with secular capitalists. Why not state that BOTH secularism and socialism are necessary even if that implies a utopia not realizable in our lifetime? Needless to say, this view is very unpopular in the Arab/Muslim world right now, but there are still few who think like that!


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