Arab uprisings mark a turning point for the taking | Peter Hallward

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Arab uprisings mark a turning point for the taking | Peter Hallward

Is it too early to hope? Peter Hallward who spoke in Wood Quay, Dublin recently provides an inspiring piece of political optimism for a global society that has been condition to deny the possibility of real political change.
As the philosopher Alain Badiou points out in a recent editorial, "once they cross a certain threshold of determination, persistence and courage, the people can indeed concentrate their existence in a public square or avenue, in a few factories, or in a university. In the wake of a transformative event, the people are composed of those who are able to resolve the problems posed by this event" – for instance, the problems involved in defending a square, or sustaining a strike, or confronting an army. Buoyed by the assertion of their hard-won power, the people of north Africa and the Middle East are currently inventing means of solving such problems at a rate that already defies any sort of historical comparison at all.

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Donagh is the editor of Irish Left Review. Contact Donagh through email: dublinopinionAtgmail.com