Upheaval surges to Bulgaria | Protests Grip Brazil
Taksim Protests Reignite | Struggle for Purpose
Middle Class Revolts in Turkey & Brazil | Egypt Primed for More
Hegel spoke of a qualitative leap illuminating a new world, supplanting a dissolving, tottering state whereby a gradual crumbling is cut short by a sunburst. In this movement the essence shows itself as concrete. Suddenly, an idea stirring in an air of abstraction flashes with the imprimatur of the real - as if a ghost in the machine could gather breath and flex muscle.
The written word teased culture to a point where the printing press and the Reformation was inevitable, shocking the stale order of the Church and reworking the mindscape of Europe. Jump forward to our new decade and that nebulous, late 80’s banter about an “Information Superhighway” looks quaint and positively naive up against today’s full-throated internet. Print newspapers writhe under the onset of anachronism, TV no longer captivates. Mobile computing, global telecommunications and social media spark the kindling of desiccated political structures. A curious rumbling in Tunisia sweeps across the Maghreb, crashing into Egypt and beyond.
But the torrent we see is but the face of the invisible, something nowhere and everywhere. Every month or week a new upsurge of mass protest. It’s often naive, leaderless, and awkwardly trying to gain purchase on a purpose. And yet, in a nascent sense, it’s already awake. It’s as if Socrates’ second best ship has thoroughly circumnavigated and eclipsed the sensible - and a logos borne reflection has gathered enough force to blindside anyone not focused on an Android screen. Whatever it is, a vague foreboding whispers that it will make the ramifications of the Reformation look benign in retrospect.