"In recent years, and in increasingly more countries, growing
multitudes have rebelled against the existing order and without a defined
leadership have taken over plazas, streets, highways, towns, parliament, but,
despite having mobilized hundreds of thousands of people, neither the magnitude
of its size nor its combativeness have enabled these multitudes to go beyond
simple popular revolts. They have brought down presidents, but they have not
been capable of conquering power in order to begin a process of deep social
transformation." -- Marta Harnecker.
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Harnecker, translated by Federico
This article seeks to reflect on the issues raised
during the roundtable discussion, “State, revolution and the construction of hegemony”,
that occurred at the VI International Forum on Philosophy, held between
November 28 and December 2, 2011, in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Logically, here I
once again repeat some ideas that I have expressed in other writings, but have
ordered them differently, while further refining some of them. It was written in July 2012 and first published in English at Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal with permission.