As revolts erupt all over the world, governing today is more and more like waging an open or covert war against the uprisings of peoples and living beings, to maintain at all costs an increasingly discredited order.
It is true that 2019 opens with the French uprising that began on 17 November 2018. But by January, people were shouting their anger in Venezuela and Sudan, where a long-term mobilization was beginning. In February, Haiti’s cities were speaking out against the high cost of living, while those in Senegal were the scene of electoral violence. In March, Algerian youth began a cycle of Fridays of mobilization against the "system". In April, a university mobilization began in Colombia that would continue until the fall. In May (and until October), the privatization of Health and School set Honduras on fire. In June, umbrellas invaded the streets of Hong Kong due to an extradition bill. In August, the Indonesian government was facing riots in Papua. In September, Haitians began to loudly demand the resignation of their president Moise Jovenel while Indonesians took to the streets against a particularly rigorous reform of the penal code. October, in these conditions, looks like a final bouquet: Oromo uprising in Ethiopia against Abiy Ahmed, recently renamed Prime Minister, uprising in Bolivia against Evo Morales, re-elected President and suspected of electoral fraud, in Ecuador against the price of gasoline decided by President Lenin Moreno, elected in 2017 on socialist promises, in Chile against Sebastian Piñera and the rise in the price of metro, in Panama against a constitutional reform prohibiting gay marriage, in Iraq against shortages and corruption, in Lebanon against a tax on WhatsApp, in Honduras against a president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, whose brother has just been convicted of drug trafficking, in Guinea Conakry against the 3rd term of office of President Alpha Condé, in Catalonia against the conviction of independence leaders and the Spanish State. On November 16, the rise in gasoline prices triggered an outbreak of riots in Iran, to which the regime responded with brutal repression and the cutting off of the Internet. About forty cities are affected, including the capital, Tehran. In total, these mobilizations, which vary in scale and length, but are all equally determined and ready for physical confrontation with the authorities, affect 20 countries on four continents.
These movements, which are neither simple revolts with no future nor revolutions of the old-fashioned kind, have a strong demand on the authorities: the demand for democracy, the demand for justice and equality, the demand for public morality. Basically, it is a requirement of humanity in solidarity.
It seems clear today that this sequence is linked to digital and financial globalization and its three dominant socio-political logics: the considerable increase in inequalities, the financialization of governance systems that fuels elite corruption and the crisis in political systems, particularly representation systems.