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Do Protests Even Work?


It sometimes takes decades to find out

Zeymep Tufekci, June 24, 2020
...In the long term, protests work because they can undermine the most important pillar of power: legitimacy. Commentators often note that a state can be defined by its monopoly on violence, a concept going back to the philosopher Thomas Hobbes and codified by the sociologist Max Weber. But the full Weber quote is less well known. Weber defined the state by its “monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force.” The word legitimate is as important as the words physical force, if not more. Especially in the modern world, that monopoly on violence isn’t something that self-perpetuates. Violence doesn’t just happen; it has to be enacted and enabled by people. The Soviet Union did not fall because it ran out of tanks to send to Eastern Europe when the people there rebelled in the late 1980s. It fell, in large part, because it ran out of legitimacy, and because Soviet rulers had lost the will and the desire to live in their own system. Compared with Western democracies, their system wasn’t delivering freedom or wealth, even to the winners. If the loss of legitimacy is widespread and deep enough, the generals and police who are supposed to be enacting the violence can and do turn against the rulers (or, at least, they stop defending the unpopular ruler). Force and repression can keep things under control for a while, but it also makes such rule more brittle. ...
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2020/06/why-protests-work/613420/

(Emphasis in original.)

Previously. Previously (by @Phil Landmeier (ᚠ)).

#FeetToTheFire #ZeynepTufekci #protest #legitimacy #MaxWeber
 

Do Protests Even Work?


It sometimes takes decades to find out

Zeymep Tufekci, June 24, 2020
...In the long term, protests work because they can undermine the most important pillar of power: legitimacy. Commentators often note that a state can be defined by its monopoly on violence, a concept going back to the philosopher Thomas Hobbes and codified by the sociologist Max Weber. But the full Weber quote is less well known. Weber defined the state by its “monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force.” The word legitimate is as important as the words physical force, if not more. Especially in the modern world, that monopoly on violence isn’t something that self-perpetuates. Violence doesn’t just happen; it has to be enacted and enabled by people. The Soviet Union did not fall because it ran out of tanks to send to Eastern Europe when the people there rebelled in the late 1980s. It fell, in large part, because it ran out of legitimacy, and because Soviet rulers had lost the will and the desire to live in their own system. Compared with Western democracies, their system wasn’t delivering freedom or wealth, even to the winners. If the loss of legitimacy is widespread and deep enough, the generals and police who are supposed to be enacting the violence can and do turn against the rulers (or, at least, they stop defending the unpopular ruler). Force and repression can keep things under control for a while, but it also makes such rule more brittle. ...
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2020/06/why-protests-work/613420/

(Emphasis in original.)

Previously. Previously (by @Phil Landmeier (ᚠ)).

#FeetToTheFire #ZeynepTufekci #protest #legitimacy #MaxWeber
 

Macht, Ohnmacht und Gewalt


"(...) Der fachwissenschaftlich vernachlässigte Gegenbegriff oder das Antonym von Macht ist Ohmacht. Etymologisch wird das Substantiv oder Hauptwort umschrieben als Bewusstlosigkeit, Schwäche, Machtlosigkeit. Entsprechend bedeutet das Eigenschaftswort oder Adjektiv ohne Bewusstsein, kraft-, machtlos, nicht fähig zu handeln. Damit geht es auch um jeweils fehlendes Bewusstsein und blockierte Handlungsfähigkeit. [...]"

Link zum umfassenden wissenschaftlichen Essay von Richard Albrecht: https://neue-debatte.com/2019/06/21/macht-machtet-ohmacht-nicht/
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