The Rebirth of History: Times of Riots and Uprisings (2011) Alain Badiou  

13232656Great short book from Badiou surveys Arab Spring and situates these as moments in an “interval” period of world history… similar to 1848 uprisings in Europe. Two great quotes: “What is happening to us in the early years of the century—something that would not appear to have any clear name in any accepted language?”  “Some commentators have regarded the role of ‘youth” in the riots in the Arab world as a sociological novelty and have linked it to the use of Facebook or other vacuities of alleged technical innovation in the post modern age. But who has ever seen a riot whose front ranks were made up of the elderly?”

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