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American Journal of Social Science Research, Vol.1, No.5, Dec. 2015, Pub. Date: Jan. 6, 2016
Between Regime Change and Revolutionary Change: The Necessity for a Revolutionary Theory in the Maghreb Uprisings
Pages: 299-304 Views: 630 Downloads: 342
Authors
[01] Frank Enor, Department of History & International Studies, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria.
[02] Jide Chime, Department of Political Science, Enugu State University of Science & Technology (ESUST), Enugu, Nigeria.
Abstract
Five years after popular uprisings in the Maghreb which swept some despotic regimes in the region out of power and replaced them with anarchy and uncertainties, the necessity for a revolutionary theory for revolutionary activity has become inevitable. A theory of revolution would not only provide a road map for people’s action, it would also point to the necessary ingredients for a successful revolution which were lacking in the Maghreb uprisings. An appraisal of the Maghreb five years after the pro-democracy uprisings shows clearly that the revolutionary momentum which those uprisings assumed were cornered, hijacked or frustrated. The obvious result as shown, is regime change which fell short of releasing the productive energies of the social forces in the movements. The proposition for a revolutionary theory for a revolutionary movement is underscored by the undeniable facts that a successful revolution is not one that gains power but that which fundamentally replaces obsolete relations of production with a new socio-economic formation capable of translating aspirations and dreams to happiness.
Keywords
Revolutionary Theory, Social Forces, Maghreb Uprisings, Despotic Regimes, Anarchy, Uncertainties
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