Structure pre-determines everything else
Posted by kronstadt on February 15, 2007
if the last parliamentary election was defined by an influx of oligarchs and powerful business interests into the Armenian National Assembly, perhaps we’re now beginning to see the appearance of the military in the political life of the country. Time will tell if this is all merely coincidence or part of something far more significant and far-reaching.
Structure predetermines everything – it comes before particular individuals or their intentions. What we are witnessing is the crystallization of political Liberalism (oligarchs) and Conservatism (military) in Armenia (albeit in obviously rachitic and deformed shape) – with no significant 3rd or 4th way politics in sight. These processes are nothing less then the direct result of the STRUCTURE of Republican Parliamentarism — imported (from outside) and imposed on people (just as Bolshevism was once imposed). The only problem is that they are self-righteously imposed without a prior examinations of the inner workings of Armenian society, which are deeply communitarian (Համայնքական), communicative, socially integrated, opinionated and participative-democratic.
The emergence of these 2 most powerful classes as political actors and the lack of significant organization on behalf of the other 2 dominant classes, is a type of development that ease imperialist manipulations and mediations of the directions that the population is going to be dragged in. The scars that are drawn now, will take long time to heal.