"The popular movements that erupted in 2011 represented much more than the overthrow of despised dictators. To concentrate on surface appearances of these demonstrations obscures their real content. These mobilisations indicate that ‘politics’ and ‘economics,’ which are typically conceived as separate spheres, are fused and part of the same struggle.
The battle against political despotism is inevitably intertwined with the dynamic of class struggle. These uprisings reflected not just a crisis of regime legitimacy or a concern with political freedom, but were - at their root - confronting the outcomes of capitalist development itself.”
- Adam Hanieh in his book (aka my new obsession) Lineages of Revolt
"It would be wrong to assess the struggle in Syria solely through the lens of geopolitics - this simply ignores the political economy of class and state formation in the country, reducing the Syrian people to a classless mass of rival "sects" and "tribes." The roots of the Syrian uprising lie in an attempt to overthrow an autocratic regime presiding over a highly polarized neoliberal economy. Yet, as was the case with Libya, Western governments - acting in conjunction with regional allies such as the Gulf and Turkey - will clearly attempt to push the course of the uprising in a direction amenable to their long-term interests. China and Russia on the other hand have viewed the country as an important position from which to build a counterweight to US power.
Compounded by the specific nature of Syrian state and society - the deep linkages of the country’s bourgeoisie with the Assad regime, the distinctive sectarian characteristics that underpin its mode of rule, and the particular geopolitical rivalries that surround the country - Syria is enduring a tragic and very bloody conflict.”
- Adam Hanieh, “Lineages of Revolt”
For everyone who thinks racism in Europe is because of the economic crisis:
"Scapegoat theories of race posit that under economic and social duress, particular sub-populations are cordoned off as intruders, invented to deflect anxieties, and conjured up precisely to nail blame. For Foucault, racism is more than a response to crisis; it is the expression of an underlying discourse of permanent social war, nurtured by the bio-political technologies of incessant purification.
Racism does not merely arise in moments of crisis, in sporadic cleansings. It is internal to the bio-political state, woven into the weft of the social body, threaded through its fabric.”
"Patriarchy requires both the sexual availability of women for male-centered enjoyment and the sexually exclusive motherly ideal."
- Huibin Amelia Chew
"Dignity is the refusal to accept humiliation, oppression, exploitation, dehumanization. It is a refusal which negates the negation of humanity…(it is) a politics dense with the dream of creating a world of mutual respect and dignity, filled with the knowledge that this dream involves the destruction of capitalism, of everything that dehumanizes or de-subjectifies us."
The ‘post’ in postcolonialism is not a periodisation that signals the beginning of an era where colonialism is part of the past; on the contrary, it signifies the claim that conquest, colonialism and empire are not a footnote or episode in a larger story, but are in fact a central part of that story and are constitutive of it. The ‘post’ does not mark the period after the colonial era, but rather the effects of this era in shaping the world that is ours.”
- Sanjay Seth
'Postcolonial Theory and the critique of International Relations'