The “Revolution for Democracy” in Syria Revisited

As described in my previous posts on the issue, the Syrian conflict is highly complex and involves a Russian-and Iran-backed “secular” Assad regime, extremely brutal in nature, pitted against an overwhelmingly jihadist and reactionary armed uprising. Initial protests were mostly non-violent, but as with other protests in the so-called “Arab Spring,” they were contested space. They contained … More The “Revolution for Democracy” in Syria Revisited

On Programs and Politics: Movements and Movementism in the Syrian Civil War (DWS Series Part IV)

The previous installment of this series analyzed, criticized, and contextualized one of the more sophisticated attempts at constructing a theory of state capitalism. Part of the context was an impressionistic empiricism. Those in the “third camp” tradition tend to conflate the political or economic suppression of workers with an underlying system of class exploitation, just as they … More On Programs and Politics: Movements and Movementism in the Syrian Civil War (DWS Series Part IV)